Having an affinity for storytelling, Jaimee Swift is a truth-seeker at heart. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and Howard University, respectively, Swift is passionate about Black feminist politics and leadership in African and in the African Diaspora. Swift is the creator, founder, and executive director of Black Women Radicals, a Black feminist advocacy organization dedicated to uplifting and centering Black women’s radical activism in Africa and in the African Diaspora.
She’s been published in an array of media outlets including The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Grio, For Harriet, OkayAfrica, Salon.com, and more. Having interviewed several prominent politicians, journalists and activists such as Dilma Rousseff, the first woman president of Brazil; Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who uncovered the Flint water crisis; and former CNN anchor, Zain Verjee, Swift is a PhD candidate at Howard University. Her dissertation focuses on Black feminist politics in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
She was also Editor-at-Large for The Hilltop newspaper, “the student voice of Howard University since 1924”, which was started by renown author, writer, and Harlem Renaissance extraordinaire, Zora Neale Hurston. Swift is the first Editor-at-Large in the history of the newspaper. She was in the 2017 cohort of contributing writers for the African-American Intellectual History Society’s (AAIHS) blog, Black Perspectives.
Featured as a guest commentator on RT America for her coverage of the Flint water crisis and also on WURD 900 AM radio’s The Nick Taliaferro Show and WURD Up, Swift was also a co-panelist at a parallel event at the United Nation’s Women’s Commission on the Status of Women in March 2016. Gaining an array of experiences with placements at CNN and NBC Universal and with media features on Philly.com, CBS Philly, Campus Philly, and CBS News, Swift has won countless awards including the National Association for Black Journalists’ Allison E. Fisher Scholarship, the Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholarship, and the Lew Klein Excellence in Media Award.
When she is not writing, studying, dancing to Beyoncé, drinking excessive amounts of coffee or eating nachos, she likes to talk about social justice, Black feminist politics, and books on Twitter. You can follow her @JaimeeSwift.