Malkia Cyril

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Malkia Cyril
Malkia Amala Cyril

EducationSarah Lawrence College[1] Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers Fellow

Malkia Amala Cyril (born May 2, 1974[1]) is a poet and media activist best known for spearheading national grassroots efforts of the Net Neutrality campaign,[2] 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,[3][4] 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,[5] and The Guardian[6] Creative writing, including poetry and short-stories, have been published in anthologies such as Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing,[7] Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café,[8] and In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers.

Cyril is the child of Janet Cyril, an activist in the Black Panther Party.[9] 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."[10]


  1. ^ a b Algarin, Miguel; Holman, Bob. "Notes on the Poets". Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe. p. 499.
  2. ^ Wolfson, Todd (2014). "Digital Rebellion : The Birth of the Cyber Left". In The History of Communication. Urbana [IL]: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252038846.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ List of Cyril's articles in Huffington Post
  6. ^ List of Cyril's articles in The Guardian
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Jessica Lum (2012-01-01). "Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  10. ^ Sandhya Dirks (2016-02-19). "Lessons From Growing Up as a Black Panther 'Cub'". KQED News. Retrieved 2016-04-04.

External links[edit]

  • Biography on the website of the Center for Media Justice