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Farai Chideya

Multimedia Journalist & Commentator

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 Farai Chideya Biography

Farai Chideya brings the human experience to life in all media forms. Her ability to see around corners has led her to consistently engage in new technologies. For example, she launched her first blog, Pop and Politics, in 1995, and has covered topics well before they became mainstream, such as in her 1999 book The Color of Our Future, which saw the evolution towards a "majority-minority" America long before it made the cover of Time.

In the past, she has been an award-winning reporter for Newsweek; a political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host for ABC News; and a host for NPR. All the while, she has produced digital content and both nonfiction and fiction books. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and returned there as a Spring 2012 fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

After a career that led her through adventures such as flying on Air Force One, being stalked by the secret police in Zimbabwe, and covering every U.S. election since 1996, Chideya has become truly her own media, consulting, and entrepreneurial brand. She is currently a contributor to New York Public Radio, and a frequent guest on such cable channels asMSNBC. She is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she teaches radio. She recently completed a book, co-authored with Vivek Wadhwa, on women in the technology industry called Innovating Women, and is finishing a new book, The Right Work, advising Americans how to proactively deal with job volatility and the shift from linear to episodic careers. Chideya also serves as an advisor to several nonprofits and for-profit startups.

Chideya, the daughter of an American mother and a Zimbabwean father, has always been immersed in global culture. Her family in the U.S. were free black American farmers and carpenters during and after the era of slavery, and over the years have had a strong tradition of military service in virtually every conflict from the Civil War to Afghanistan.

She learned from her family that having strong and even opposing political views among members does not mean you cannot love and respect each other. This is a trait she wishes was more apparent in today's civic discourse.

Farai Chideya has honed her powerful speaking skills over the course of her twenty years in journalism. For her, lectures are not just a chance to speak, but also to listen, to engage, share and learn. Her speeches include deep-dives into issues such as generational divides in use of mobile technology, US politics, or African-American history and culture, as well as motivational speeches about finding your right livelihood and living with integrity in a world that often rewards expediency. She can bring up issues that people generally don’t want to talk about in a way that encourages openness and new understandings within communities, campuses and workplaces.

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Videos
Books
Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters and Other Selected Essays

Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters and Other Selected Essays

The Color of Our Future : Race in the 21st Century

The Color of Our Future : Race in the 21st Century

Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans

Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans

Speaking Topics
  • Working It: Winning On the Job Without Losing Yourself

    Could you imagine your job not only paying your bills, but enhancing your quality of life, and fitting in line with your ethical beliefs? It's not only possible; it's probable -
    • if you have the right tools. For many people, work seems like an emotional dead-end, or even worse, an ethical or health quagmire. Without sugar-coating the challenges facing Americans, Farai Chideya leads an economic overview and a searching self-analysis that can make you a winner not only financially, but in terms of life/work/family balance and health.

  • What Happens to Equality When We're All Minorities?

    The Census predicts that a generation from now, America will have no racial majority. But that doesn't mean we will be an equal society. How do we keep our eyes on the prize of equality as we head towards a "post-majority" era? Using powerful visual and multimedia aids as well as a dynamic town-hall format, Chideya walks us through what it means to have a truly inclusive vision of equality that embraces the best of the American dream.

  • Embracing the Global "We"

    As the daughter of an African father and an American mother -
    • a mother who had served in Morocco in the Peace Corps before marrying and starting a family -
    • Farai Chideya understood the world was vast from a very young age. Unfortunately, in a time of global economic turmoil, xenophobia within and between nations has become common. As someone who has visited 25+ countries and 45+ U.S. states, Chideya explains why the diversity within America's borders uniquely prepares us for global leadership, and how to proceed with a sense of optimism rather than fear about our increasingly global society -
    • connected not just by geopolitics, but by pop music, social media, and innovation.

  • Women's Empowerment: Loving Your Inner "Impostor"

    Like so many high-achieving women, Farai Chideya has struggled with believing that she was deserving of the gifts the world gave her. At 25, she was a political analyst on CNN, a book author, and one of the first bloggers in the world. As she progressed to even more successes, she privately dealt with struggles including the eating disorder bulimia and a fruitful but initially painful reunion with her estranged father. Now in her forties, Chideya has learned skills that allow her to accept and embrace her whole self. Successful women are prone to the "impostor syndrome," a psychological disorder which makes us question if we're good enough for our success. Chideya's message -
    • to love your inner "impostor," thus breaking the cycle of self-fear -
    • resonates with women of all ages and stages.

  • Possibility Speaks: Looking at the Near Future With Optimistic Clarity

    In her 25 years as a journalist and social analyst, Farai Chideya has often anticipated technological and societal shifts that affect us today, from the rise of online communities in the 1980s that presaged today's social media; to the shift from a black-white axis of race in America to a multiracial contemporary reality. For any business, institution, or even individual, being able to cultivate a sense of realistic "near-futurism" is key to remaining engaged in issues without being bogged down with them. Chideya explains how to filter the barrage of data that comes to us every day via media, to search out reliable sources, and to develop a key ability to follow trend lines that point us to more optimistic and healthy outcomes, be they entrepreneurial or personal.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Farai Chideya for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Farai Chideya, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Farai Chideya or any other celebrity of your choice.
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    Booking fees for Farai Chideya, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Farai Chideya, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Farai Chideya?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Farai Chideya for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Farai Chideya for your next private or corporate function.
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Farai Chideya

Multimedia Journalist & Commentator

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Farai Chideya Biography

Farai Chideya brings the human experience to life in all media forms. Her ability to see around corners has led her to consistently engage in new technologies. For example, she launched her first blog, Pop and Politics, in 1995, and has covered topics well before they became mainstream, such as in her 1999 book The Color of Our Future, which saw the evolution towards a "majority-minority" America long before it made the cover of Time.

In the past, she has been an award-winning reporter for Newsweek; a political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host for ABC News; and a host for NPR. All the while, she has produced digital content and both nonfiction and fiction books. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and returned there as a Spring 2012 fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

After a career that led her through adventures such as flying on Air Force One, being stalked by the secret police in Zimbabwe, and covering every U.S. election since 1996, Chideya has become truly her own media, consulting, and entrepreneurial brand. She is currently a contributor to New York Public Radio, and a frequent guest on such cable channels asMSNBC. She is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she teaches radio. She recently completed a book, co-authored with Vivek Wadhwa, on women in the technology industry called Innovating Women, and is finishing a new book, The Right Work, advising Americans how to proactively deal with job volatility and the shift from linear to episodic careers. Chideya also serves as an advisor to several nonprofits and for-profit startups.

Chideya, the daughter of an American mother and a Zimbabwean father, has always been immersed in global culture. Her family in the U.S. were free black American farmers and carpenters during and after the era of slavery, and over the years have had a strong tradition of military service in virtually every conflict from the Civil War to Afghanistan.

She learned from her family that having strong and even opposing political views among members does not mean you cannot love and respect each other. This is a trait she wishes was more apparent in today's civic discourse.

Farai Chideya has honed her powerful speaking skills over the course of her twenty years in journalism. For her, lectures are not just a chance to speak, but also to listen, to engage, share and learn. Her speeches include deep-dives into issues such as generational divides in use of mobile technology, US politics, or African-American history and culture, as well as motivational speeches about finding your right livelihood and living with integrity in a world that often rewards expediency. She can bring up issues that people generally don’t want to talk about in a way that encourages openness and new understandings within communities, campuses and workplaces.

Farai Chideya Videos

  • TEDxBrooklyn :: Farai Chideya :: The Power of Hello - YouTube
  • Farai Chideya's Journalism Journey - YouTube

Farai Chideya Books

Farai Chideya Speaking Topics

  • Working It: Winning On the Job Without Losing Yourself

    Could you imagine your job not only paying your bills, but enhancing your quality of life, and fitting in line with your ethical beliefs? It's not only possible; it's probable -
    • if you have the right tools. For many people, work seems like an emotional dead-end, or even worse, an ethical or health quagmire. Without sugar-coating the challenges facing Americans, Farai Chideya leads an economic overview and a searching self-analysis that can make you a winner not only financially, but in terms of life/work/family balance and health.

  • What Happens to Equality When We're All Minorities?

    The Census predicts that a generation from now, America will have no racial majority. But that doesn't mean we will be an equal society. How do we keep our eyes on the prize of equality as we head towards a "post-majority" era? Using powerful visual and multimedia aids as well as a dynamic town-hall format, Chideya walks us through what it means to have a truly inclusive vision of equality that embraces the best of the American dream.

  • Embracing the Global "We"

    As the daughter of an African father and an American mother -
    • a mother who had served in Morocco in the Peace Corps before marrying and starting a family -
    • Farai Chideya understood the world was vast from a very young age. Unfortunately, in a time of global economic turmoil, xenophobia within and between nations has become common. As someone who has visited 25+ countries and 45+ U.S. states, Chideya explains why the diversity within America's borders uniquely prepares us for global leadership, and how to proceed with a sense of optimism rather than fear about our increasingly global society -
    • connected not just by geopolitics, but by pop music, social media, and innovation.

  • Women's Empowerment: Loving Your Inner "Impostor"

    Like so many high-achieving women, Farai Chideya has struggled with believing that she was deserving of the gifts the world gave her. At 25, she was a political analyst on CNN, a book author, and one of the first bloggers in the world. As she progressed to even more successes, she privately dealt with struggles including the eating disorder bulimia and a fruitful but initially painful reunion with her estranged father. Now in her forties, Chideya has learned skills that allow her to accept and embrace her whole self. Successful women are prone to the "impostor syndrome," a psychological disorder which makes us question if we're good enough for our success. Chideya's message -
    • to love your inner "impostor," thus breaking the cycle of self-fear -
    • resonates with women of all ages and stages.

  • Possibility Speaks: Looking at the Near Future With Optimistic Clarity

    In her 25 years as a journalist and social analyst, Farai Chideya has often anticipated technological and societal shifts that affect us today, from the rise of online communities in the 1980s that presaged today's social media; to the shift from a black-white axis of race in America to a multiracial contemporary reality. For any business, institution, or even individual, being able to cultivate a sense of realistic "near-futurism" is key to remaining engaged in issues without being bogged down with them. Chideya explains how to filter the barrage of data that comes to us every day via media, to search out reliable sources, and to develop a key ability to follow trend lines that point us to more optimistic and healthy outcomes, be they entrepreneurial or personal.

FAQs on booking Farai Chideya

  • How to book Farai Chideya?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Farai Chideya for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Farai Chideya, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Farai Chideya or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Farai Chideya?

    Booking fees for Farai Chideya, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Farai Chideya, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Farai Chideya?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Farai Chideya for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Farai Chideya for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Farai Chideya or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Farai Chideya or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Farai Chideya is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Farai Chideya for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Farai Chideya generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Donna Brazile, Kevin Powell, Sheryl WuDunn, Van Jones and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Farai Chideya for an upcoming event.

Farai Chideya Speaker Videos

  • TEDxBrooklyn :: Farai Chideya :: The Power of Hello - YouTube
    Farai Chideya's Journalism Journey - YouTube

Farai Chideya Speaking Topics

  • Working It: Winning On the Job Without Losing Yourself

    Could you imagine your job not only paying your bills, but enhancing your quality of life, and fitting in line with your ethical beliefs? It's not only possible; it's probable -
    • if you have the right tools. For many people, work seems like an emotional dead-end, or even worse, an ethical or health quagmire. Without sugar-coating the challenges facing Americans, Farai Chideya leads an economic overview and a searching self-analysis that can make you a winner not only financially, but in terms of life/work/family balance and health.

  • What Happens to Equality When We're All Minorities?

    The Census predicts that a generation from now, America will have no racial majority. But that doesn't mean we will be an equal society. How do we keep our eyes on the prize of equality as we head towards a "post-majority" era? Using powerful visual and multimedia aids as well as a dynamic town-hall format, Chideya walks us through what it means to have a truly inclusive vision of equality that embraces the best of the American dream.

  • Embracing the Global "We"

    As the daughter of an African father and an American mother -
    • a mother who had served in Morocco in the Peace Corps before marrying and starting a family -
    • Farai Chideya understood the world was vast from a very young age. Unfortunately, in a time of global economic turmoil, xenophobia within and between nations has become common. As someone who has visited 25+ countries and 45+ U.S. states, Chideya explains why the diversity within America's borders uniquely prepares us for global leadership, and how to proceed with a sense of optimism rather than fear about our increasingly global society -
    • connected not just by geopolitics, but by pop music, social media, and innovation.

  • Women's Empowerment: Loving Your Inner "Impostor"

    Like so many high-achieving women, Farai Chideya has struggled with believing that she was deserving of the gifts the world gave her. At 25, she was a political analyst on CNN, a book author, and one of the first bloggers in the world. As she progressed to even more successes, she privately dealt with struggles including the eating disorder bulimia and a fruitful but initially painful reunion with her estranged father. Now in her forties, Chideya has learned skills that allow her to accept and embrace her whole self. Successful women are prone to the "impostor syndrome," a psychological disorder which makes us question if we're good enough for our success. Chideya's message -
    • to love your inner "impostor," thus breaking the cycle of self-fear -
    • resonates with women of all ages and stages.

  • Possibility Speaks: Looking at the Near Future With Optimistic Clarity

    In her 25 years as a journalist and social analyst, Farai Chideya has often anticipated technological and societal shifts that affect us today, from the rise of online communities in the 1980s that presaged today's social media; to the shift from a black-white axis of race in America to a multiracial contemporary reality. For any business, institution, or even individual, being able to cultivate a sense of realistic "near-futurism" is key to remaining engaged in issues without being bogged down with them. Chideya explains how to filter the barrage of data that comes to us every day via media, to search out reliable sources, and to develop a key ability to follow trend lines that point us to more optimistic and healthy outcomes, be they entrepreneurial or personal.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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