Kevin Powell is a writer, educator, and political activist. He’s written The Black Male Handbook, the essay collections Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America and Someday We’ll All Be Free, and the poetry volume, No Sleep Till Brooklyn. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Ebony, Esquire, Essence, and Vibe, where he served as a senior writer, interviewing and profiling, among many others, Colin Powell and the late Tupac Shakur. An ardent activist, Powell also plays a key role in the Black male development arena, having produced the past few years a 10-city State of Black Men Tour, numerous Black male think tank sessions, and Black and Male in America, a 3-day national conference (BlackMaleInAmerica.org). He was a 2008 and 2010 Democratic candidate for the United States of Congress in Brooklyn, New York.