Today's Social and Political Issues
As a New York Times columnist known for his fearless brand of political and social commentary, Charles Blow has become a familiar face on TV and a frequent target for conservative critics. His column typically features charts, but it's mainly his words, written and spoken, that continue to spark conversation and debate about social and political issues of the day. As a speaker, Blow fearlessly tackles contentious issues, such as racism, childhood obesity, life in large cities, acceptance of gays in society, and the current administration. Blow has recently spoken on topics such as: income inequality, xenophobia, teen pregnancy, education and the relationship between journalism and justice.
Mental Health: Facing Adversity and Finding Peace
Columnist, New York Times bestselling author, and CNN commentator Charles Blow shares with poignant vulnerability his experiences with grief and depression, speaking to a universal need to speak openly about mental health issues. Blow fearlessly tackles today’s most pressing issues with depth, nuance, and tremendous insight, blending personal anecdotes with profound takeaways.
Charles Blow gave a riveting talk at the Ford Foundation and received an incredible review
Columnist, commentator, and New York Times bestselling author CHARLES BLOW joined The Ford Foundation for an event focused on how the media covers elections and received an incredible rave review. Heralded for his fearless, forward-thinking coverage of American politics and society, Blow was a perfect choice for the engagement, garnering the following glowing praise from the host:
“Charles Blow was amazing and delivered an informative and compelling opening address to our audience. Long after his morning session ended, we heard our collective of attendees singing his praises. He delivered his address with regal authority and shared information on voting suppression and election coverage and data with a rich clarity that everyone could understand. He was a master at tailoring his speech and panel questions precisely to fit the topic we were addressing.
I have to say, too, that as the coordinator, Charles was such a pleasure to work with. He was friendly, kind and warm to the staff and audience members. After his session ended, he greeted nearly every audience member that came up to say hello and treated them with a special dignity and grace. In addition, he showed up early and ready - which helped to put our staff at ease and win their confidence.
If I knew how to say thank you in every language I would. For now, I hope this email can suffice.”
Renowned commentator and columnist Charles Blow is a powerful advocate for mental health
Known for his highly-regarded Op-Ed column in The New York Times and frequent commentary on CNN, CHARLES BLOW candidly talks about his own battle with depression in his Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece ‘Death Changed My Life’. He shares with poignant vulnerability about the passing of his brother and the depression he experienced in his grief. Juxtaposing his public exterior as an acclaimed author and highly-regarded CNN commentator with his private mental health struggles, Blow speaks to a universal need to speak openly about mental health issues – especially during the ongoing pandemic and reckoning with systemic racism – to create visibility, connection, and share messages of resilience. He blends personal anecdotes with profound takeaways, writing: ”I have come to see things clearly again — things that seem so simple to me now, but that somehow I couldn’t see then: that life is a series of peaks and valleys, and it is a fool’s errand to try to flatten them out. That beauty is in the connections we make, to self, to family, to friends, to the earth. That we don’t judge the quality of a life by the volume at which we live it. That I deserve to be kind to myself.”
Charles Blow shares a powerful manifesto in his latest talks, calling audiences to action to end systemic racism
Readers of CHARLES BLOW’S New York Times Op-Ed column know him as a prolific and insightful commentator on politics, public opinion and social justice, often challenging those in power with clarity and candor. His book The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto, is his response to the social unrest and inequality in America, and draws on both his personal experience and his observations of society to call for social change and an end to systemic racism. He has recently been featured in The Washington Post, Oprah Mag, CBS News, Time Out, Town & Country, DateBook, The Bakari Sellers Podcast, and more about his highly acclaimed work. He also spoke to Salon in a video call, explaining his plan to fight white supremacy. Blow has spoken to audiences about race and social justice issues in the past, but his latest talks focus on how to make true, concrete change when so many attempts have fallen through. After giving a talk there, Dalton State College shared "Charles was amazing to work with throughout the entire process... [D]uring the performance, he wooed the crowd through his visionary speech that detailed some of his past experiences through reading excerpts from his book, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Overall, I was in awe of where he’d been and how much he’d accomplished. He has a very compelling story that everyone needs to hear."
Charles Blow addresses one of the most pressing questions of our time on OWN’s Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation led by Oprah
Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times and CNN commentator, CHARLES BLOW participated in a recent discussion on OWN’s Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation led by Oprah, addressing the current climate America. His work throughout the years has been purposeful, focusing on the progress and promise of a people. Blow’s recent columns in the Times, include Allies, Don’t Fail Us Again, No More Lynching!, and Destructive Power of Despair all looks to make sense of the times, offer solutions, and call all people of good will forward to move us closer to our vision of a more perfect union. When he speaks on any subject, people are simply moved, "Charles was amazing… he wooed the crowd through his visionary speech." (Dalton State College) “ His presentation exceeded ALL of our expectations.” (New York State Office of Victim Services) "Charles Blow's presentation was informative, important, and inspiring. it was even better than expected, which is saying a lot! He was personally gracious and witty." (Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee).
Just weeks before the civil unrest in response to George Floyd’s murder, Blow appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on people of color. He was also sought-out for multiple virtual engagements including the New York Times new virtual chat series, in which he discussed the coronavirus' disproportionate effect on vulnerable communities; as a moderator for a virtual town hall at Gambler State University; and as a correspondent for Diddy's virtual town hall "State of Emergency: The State of Black America and the Coronavirus." Let’s close with how we opened. With all that’s going on in the world, where do we go from here?
Charles Blow's column in The New York Times
CHARLES BLOW is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Charles M. Blow’s columns in The New York Times, tackle hot-button issues such as social justice, racial equality, LGBTQ issues and national politics. Blow is an MSNBC political analyst and has been the anchor of PRIME with Charles Blow on the Black News Channel and a CNN commentator. Mr. Blow is the author of New York Times bestselling books "Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and “The Devil You Know.” “Fire…” has been developed into an opera, the first by a Black composer to premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. “The Devil…” has been developed into a feature-length documentary that will air later this year on HBO.