Culture Change Advisor
Michael is a renowned movement-builder, activist, storyteller and proud father. He is CEO of SOZE, a creative agency focused on social impact campaigns and triple bottom line companies. He is a celebrated leader in the new social justice movement who, among other topics, helped ignite debate around America’s relationship with race, the death of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the rise of violence in Chicago. He was recently profiled in the NY Times for his civil rights activism, and identified as "the man you go to if you...want to leverage the power of celebrity and the reach of digital media to soften the ground for social change." He is a prolific voice on social media, with more than 200,000 followers, and a regular commentator on outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN. From 2009-2015, Michael served as the President of GlobalGrind.com, a millennial driven news website founded by hip-hop impresario, Russell Simmons. Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, The Drug Policy Alliance, Revolutions Per Minute, The Gathering For Justice and The Young Partners Board of The Public Theater. Earlier in his career, Michael spent over a decade as an award winning film director and producer.