Norman Kelley

Writer, Producer, and Director. 

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A freelance journalist, author, and former segment producer at WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio (NYC), Norman Kelley is the author of the Black Heat (Amistad), The Big Mango (Akashic Books), and A Phat Death (Akashic), as well as editing and contributing to R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music (Akashic Books). 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 2013, Norman Kelley wrote, produced and directed the documentary film, How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters & the Washington Monthly, which was shown on public television.