Malkia Amala Cyril
|Education||Sarah Lawrence College Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers Fellow|
Malkia Amala Cyril (born May 2, 1974) is a poet and media activist best known for spearheading national grassroots efforts of the Net Neutrality campaign, framing the discourse on protecting net neutrality as shifting away from the notion of "media democracy" and instead as a case of "media justice." They are the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, and a co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network.
Cyril's writings on media activism frequently appear in national publications such as Politico, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian Creative writing, including poetry and short-stories, have been published in anthologies such as Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, and In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers.
Cyril is the child of Janet Cyril, an activist in the Black Panther Party. Born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Cyril learned to read at the Liberation Bookstore in Harlem. They refer to growing up in the party as "in and of itself a blessing."
- Algarin, Miguel; Holman, Bob. "Notes on the Poets". Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe. p. 499.
- Wolfson, Todd (2014). "Digital Rebellion : The Birth of the Cyber Left". In The History of Communication. Urbana [IL]: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252038846.
- Ball, Jared A. (22 Mar 2014). "A New Apartheid: Media Consolidation and Black America". The Black Scholar. 44 (1): 47–57. JSTOR 10.5816/blackscholar.44.1.0047.
- Dunbar-Hester, Christina (2014). ""Being a Consistent Pain in the Ass": Politics and Epistemics in Media Democracy Work". Journal of Information Policy. 4: 547–569. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
- List of Cyril's articles in Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malkia-a-cyril/
- List of Cyril's articles in The Guardian
- McKinley, Catherine E.; DeLaney, L. Joyce, eds. (1995). "What Has yet to be Sung by Malkia Cyril". Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing. New York: Anchor Books.
- Cyril also appears in the documentaries Miss Representation and The 13th. Algarín, Miguel; Holman, Bob, eds. (1994). "Blues Tomorrow; Wait by Malkia Amala Cyril". Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. New York: H. Holt.
- Jessica Lum (2012-01-01). "Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- Sandhya Dirks (2016-02-19). "Lessons From Growing Up as a Black Panther 'Cub'". KQED News. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- Biography on the website of the Center for Media Justice