Angela Rye

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Angela Rye
Rye speaks with New York City radio station WBLS at the 108th NAACP Convention in Baltimore in 2017
Born (1979-10-26) October 26, 1979 (age 43)
EducationHoly Names Academy, Seattle
Alma materUniversity of Washington (BA)
Seattle Law School (JD)
OccupationFormer CNN commentator
Political partyDemocratic

Angela Rye (born October 26, 1979) is the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm formerly based in Washington, DC. She is a special correspondent on ESPN.[1]

She was (until November 2020) a liberal political commentator on CNN.[2]

She briefly served as the executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress.[3][4]

She formerly helped steer the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, Seattle University School of Law Alumni, and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. She serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition and is a member of The Links, Incorporated.[5]

Early life[edit]

Rye grew up in the Madison Park section of Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Seattle's all-girls Holy Names Academy, the University of Washington, and Seattle University School of Law.[6][7]


Rye began her career in legislative advocacy at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, an umbrella association of 120 historically black colleges and universities in the United States.[8] Here, she served as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs.[citation needed] Prior to this, she worked in district office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and served as the Western Region Director of the National Black Law Students Association.[citation needed]

Upon moving to Washington, DC, Rye joined IMPACT, an organization founded prior to her arrival by husband and wife attorneys Joe Briggs and Kendra Davis Briggs[9] as well as policy advisor David Johns,[10] who served as director from 2007 to 2013. IMPACT aimed to encourage young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. The group later invited Rye, and along with her membership IMPACT formed partnerships with the National Bar Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Urban League, Rainbow/PUSH, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Forum, and many other organizations.[6]

Rye is one of few recurring guests on The Breakfast Club radio show. On December 6, 2016, She was invited to the broadcast by Charlamagne The God (real name Lenard McKelvey) after he received backlash from tweeting he wished women of color had a platform "like Tomi Lahren did".[11] Rye and McKelvey formerly co-hosted a podcast that received mixed reviews and last aired in June 2019. In January 2017, she made her first appearance on The Breakfast Club and frequented the show regularly, often discussing Trump administration and other pop culture topics. She last appeared on the radio show in February 2022.[12]

She also served as a senior advisor to the House Committee on Homeland security, where she helped develop the general political strategy, focusing on modernizing government contracting practices and opening doors of opportunity for small businesses. She then served as the executive director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. During her brief time as director, she was "tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus".[13] Rye left her role at CBC after just over a year, though she formerly held an affiliation with the CBC institute.[14] She stated via a 2020 Instagram Live question and answer session that she has never practiced law.

Rye was a political commentator for CNN but was released by the network shortly before the 2020 presidential election. She has been featured as an on-air personality on several media outlets, including HuffPost Live, TV One, and BET.[citation needed]

She appeared in Grownish S3 Ep11 "Alright" as herself.

ESPN announced Rye was hired as a special correspondent to provide perspective on sports-related matters of race, culture, and social justice issues.[15]


Rye received widespread backlash[16][17] after she defended podcast co-host Charlamagne Tha God (Lenard McKelvey) against resurfaced rape allegations. In comments under her own Instagram post she referred to his alleged victim, who was 15 at the time of the assault, as "broke" and "looking for a come-up." Rye insisted publicly on McKelvey's innocence (while citing his personal account of the assault in his 2017 published memoir as the "evidence" exonerating him).[17] Many #MeToo advocates have been critical of her repeated attempts to silence and discredit sexual assault victims while claiming that "no physical evidence" connects McKelvey to the incident.[18][19] She has stated that her decision to pursue law was partly driven by an unwanted and inappropriate encounter with an athlete, leading her to abandon her initial goal of becoming a sports agent.[20]

Rye has said that statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, like those of Robert E. Lee, should be taken down because they were slave owners.[21]


  1. ^ Cross-Plummer, Cecile (February 1, 2022). "Award-Winning Host Angela Rye Will Join ESPN as a Special Correspondent". ESPN Press Room.
  2. ^ "Angela Rye". Hollywood Life. July 28, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Angela Rye". Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Heil, Emily (August 3, 2016). "Meet Angela Rye, who shut down a former Trump staffer with Beyoncé-grade shade". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Williams, Janice (August 3, 2016). "Who Is Angela Rye, CNN's Political Commentator? 6 Things To Know About Sassy Analyst". International Business Times. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "About Angela". Archived from the original on January 21, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Q&A With Angela Rye |". May 24, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2022.
  8. ^ Vaughn, Demi (March 4, 2019). "Here's activist Angela Rye's advice on how to make political discussions more civil". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kendra D. Briggs | JNC".
  10. ^ Shulman, Randy (June 19, 2020). "NBJC's David J. Johns on race, justice, and the importance of replacing Trump". Metro Weekly.
  11. ^ Scott, Sydney (December 7, 2016). "Charlamagne Says Black Women Should Be Like Tomi Lahren". Essence. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Angela Rye On New Position At ESPN, NFL Rooney Rule, The Biden Administration, Brian Flores + More". The Breakfast Club. February 15, 2022. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  13. ^ "Angela T. Rye Esq. Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2016.
  14. ^ "Angela Rye".
  15. ^ Weprin, Alex (February 1, 2022). "Angela Rye Joins ESPN as Special Correspondent". Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ Telusma, Blue (July 17, 2018). "Defending Misogynoir: Why Angela Rye's tone deaf defense of Charlamagne was a BAD look". The Grio.
  17. ^ a b Willis, Kiersten (July 16, 2018). "Angela Rye's Inspirational Message Goes Left After a Fan Grills Her About Charlamagne Tha God's Rape Accusations". Atlanta Black Star.
  18. ^ MaGee, Ny (July 17, 2018). "Angela Rye Defends 'Brother' Charlamagne Tha God Amid Rape Accusations". Eurweb.
  19. ^ "Angela Rye Defends 'Brother' Charlamagne Against Rape Accusations". Ebony. July 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Davis, Arianna (April 3, 2018). "Meet The Beyoncé-Quoting Activist Who's Changing Political Commentary". Retrieved July 22, 2022.
  21. ^ "Rye: White supremacist statues need to be removed". CNN. August 18, 2017.

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