Sunday, April 18, 2010


Jeffrey Johnson is a political motivator. He often appeared on "Rap City", where he spoke about such issues as violence and voting.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Johnson was an active leader as a child. Johnson was also active in track and field.

Johnson furthered his education at the University of Toledo. At UT, Johnson was president of the UT Student Government and the UT Black Student Union.

Johnson also served as National Director for the NAACP's Youth and College Division, as well as Vice President for the Hip hop Summit Action Network.

Johnson's involvement in these organizations piqued interest with BET, who thought that he could use his knowledge with cultural and political affairs on the show Rap City. He was on the show for two seasons, playing the part of "Cousin Jeff."

Johnson spreads his leadership advice and passion for activism to churches, universities and local communities across the country.

Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture. His roles as a political activist have included work as Senior Advisor for Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, National Director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).

Johnson earned a reputation as a positive force among youth and young adults through his politically conscious television personality, “Cousin Jeff” on the Black Entertainment Television shows,“The Jeff Johnson Chronicles”, and “Rap City.”He has been dubbed the "conscience voice" of Black Entertainment Television.
Johnson is the only American reporter to interview Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and Liberia’s first elected female president. Johnson is also one of only two news correspondents to interview Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir, who had not granted interviews with American media outlets for thirteen years.

Johnson has also interviewed President Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Minister Louis Farrakhan. In 2007, he testified before the Committee on Homeland Security regarding recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Johnson has published social and political commentaries for, The and Black Politics on the Johnson has also been quoted by Newsweek and The Boston Globe. Johnson currently contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, XM radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, BET and The Dr. Phil Show.

Johnson challenges audiences to innovatively weigh solutions, resolve historic and systemic social imbalances and inequalities. He is also slated to host talk show The Truth with Jeff Johnson, set to air on Black Entertainment Television fall 2008.

He also signed a six-figure deal with Smiley Books for a book tentatively titled Everything I'm Not Made Me Everything I Am.

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