Urban Culture Specialist

Christopher Daniel, "@Journalistorian" and/or "Smarty McFly," is an award-winning, multi-faceted writer, good spirit, public intellectual, and creative mastermind. People have often considered me a tastemaker and a socialite, but I would say I wear many hats: journalist, cultural ambassador, mass media critic, consultant, storyteller, a modern-day griot, historian, networker, screenwriter, poet, content producer, budding laureate, lover of wisdom and all humanity, scholar, educator, brand marketer, anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, leader, mentor, organic intellectual, social activist, progressive thinker, and most importantly – "The Urban Culture Specialist."

Before I became C. Daniel or "@Journalistorian," I was born and raised Christopher Antoine Daniel on December 24, 1982 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I was heavily inspired by my mother's incredible funk, R&B, and soul-savvy record crate collection, the gospel music I heard from the church choir, the classical music from my orchestra classes, the hip hop I heard throughout the neighborhood and my older sister's "master blaster" boombox, and quirky MTV '80s pop videos.

After graduating with honors from Spartanburg High School in 2001, I enrolled in Johnson C. Smith University, a Historically Black liberal arts college in Charlotte,
North Carolina. I graduated Cum Laude in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Graphic Design.

Post-undergrad, I was immediately accepted and enrolled into The University of Georgia via the esteemed Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I received a Master of Arts in Mass Media Studies in August 2007. I relocated to Atlanta to pursue my media career in 2008: becoming a GLAAD Atlanta Media Award-winning freelance journalist for various websites and digital publications. I focus on a variation of platforms: popular music and culture, lifestyle, civil rights, art, literature, spirituality, philanthropy, humanitarianism, charity, fundraising, hospitality, civic engagement, education, public policy, eco-environmental issues, and health and wellness.

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