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Keith Boykin

CNBC Contributor, MSNBC Commentator, BET Columnist, Author

Keith Boykin is a political commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times best-selling author. He is also the former editor of the online news site, The Daily Voice.

Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, Keith attended law school with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton. He is a veteran of six political campaigns, including two presidential campaigns, and he was named one of the top instructors when he taught political science at American University in Washington DC.

Keith starred on the 2004 Showtime television series American Candidate and later became a co-host of the BET-J TV series, My Two Cents. A founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition, Keith has spoken to audiences, large and small, all across the world. He was an associate producer of the 2007 feature film, Dirty Laundry, and appeared as an actor in the 2014 BET drama series, Being Mary Jane.

Keith's most recent book, "For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough," won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction in 2013. His third book, "Beyond the Down Low," spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Keith won the Lambda Literary Award for his second book, "Respecting the Soul," and his first book, "One More River to Cross," is taught in colleges and universities throughout the country.

Keith has lived in 12 cities, visited 48 of the 50 U.S. states, and traveled across four continents. In 1997 President Clinton appointed him, along with Coretta Scott King and Rev. Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe. He currently lives in New York.

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