Norman Kelley

Washington, District of Columbia, United States


Norman Kelley is an independent journalist, author, and former segment radio producer at WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio. He has written for Society, L A Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Nation, New York Press, Newsday, Word.com, The Black Star News, New Politics, Black Renaissance/Noir, and The Bedford Stuyvesant Current. He is also the author of the "noir soul"/ mystery series that features "Nina Halligan" in Black Heat (Amistad), The Big Mango (Akashic Books), and A Phat Death (2003). Norman Kelley was also a contributing writer to Brooklyn Noir (Akashic Books, 2004) and DC Noir (Akashic Books, 2006) and Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium (Random House 2000). He edited and contributed to R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music (Akashic Books, 2005; 2002). Mr. Kelley has also appeared on numerous radio shows, including Tavis Smiley (NPR), and on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics (Nation Books, 2004) is his fifth book. A native of Washington, D. C., he attended the University of the District of Columbia (formerly Federal City College), New York University, and received his B.A. degree in Politics and Media from Empire State College in 1991. In 2002 he briefly attended Brooklyn College (NY) as a graduate student in its history department. He resides in Washington, D.C.