Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik is a 21st century civil rights leader. As the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with over 4.5 million viewers per month, Michael is a leading voice for young America.

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A trailblazer of social media with 120,000 followers on twitter, Michael has led national conversations about the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of violence in Chicago, America’s relationship with race and the Obama presidency, amongst many other topics. His 2012 essay titled, “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin” was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention. Michael regularly discusses the aforementioned topics, current events, and how they affect his generation on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN, to name a few media outlets.

In his role as Political Director, Michael and Russell focus their work around three core themes: violence, poverty and ignorance. As President of GlobalGrind.com, Michael leads a website that serves a multi-racial segment of the 18-34 population, covering entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, style, music and politics.

Michael has delivered keynote addresses and participated in panel discussions at Princeton University, Yale University, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, Tulane University, American University, Southern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Idaho as well as at numerous rallies and private functions.

Michael is the founder of Dot2Dot, an annual summit of the most inspiring young leaders, who gather to engage in a conversation about the future of the generation.

Michael’s Highly Requested Speaking Topics:

    Leadership + My Life
    Race, white privilege and the aftermath of Trayvon Martin
    The New American Mainstream: the cultural battle for a post racial-nation
    He Has A Name: What Can We Do About Gun Violence?
    Politics + Hip-Hop
    The Obama Generation: How Millenials Have Occupied The White House
    Social Media + The Internet
    The End To America’s War On Drugs: It’s Within Our Reach

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Watch Latest Videos:

MSNBC’s The Cycle on For Profit Prison + The War On Drugs

Trayvon Martin – ‘He Has A Name’

White privilege vs. racial profiling

A conversation on race and perception