David A. Love

Journalist, Commentator and Professor


David A. Love

Writer for theGrio, CNN Opinion, The Appeal, Al Jazeera, Atlanta Black Star. Journalism and Media Studies Professor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WURD.


Governors’ Coronavirus Decisions Put People of Color In Harm’s Way

As the country reopens, we can’t quickly forget these failures of government, which have disproportionately harmed Black, Latinx, and Native people. This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. At points in April, more people died each day in the U.S. from COVID-19 than typically die from heart disease or cancer, the usual leading causes of death for Americans.
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‘A Human Reaction to a Deeply Dysfunctional Relationship’: The Connection Between Police Violence, Looting and Riots In Minneapolis

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Couple Blocked from Entering Chinese Maternity Hospital Releases Audio of Chinese Officials Asking Them to Deny Discrimination, Declare Government Treated Them Well

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Amilcar Cabral, the African Engineer and Revolutionary Who Brought Portuguese Colonizers To Their Knees

Although he was assassinated more than 45 years ago, the spirit of Amilcar Cabral lives on, and his philosophy, activism and actions for the sake of African liberation resonate today. The Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verdean engineer, socialist, revolutionary and anti-colonialist led the armed struggle against Portuguese colonial rule in Africa, helping to dismantle the fascist European empire during the Cold War.
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“Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love

Climate change and environmental issues are impacting the Black community in a disproportionate fashion, a reality which gave birth to the environmental justice movement. Despite the increased importance of environmental issues in Black America — with a heightened level of consciousness on climate issues and African Americans taking a central role in that movement — much of the Black media does not or won’t cover the environment.
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Mandela Day 2019: The Hard Truths About Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

July 18 is Mandela Day, which is also the birthday of Nelson Mandela, the late South African freedom fighter and political prisoner-turned-president. Mandela, who died in 2013, would have been 101 years old this year. There has been much time to reflect on the man, the movement of which he was a part, and the contributions and sacrifices he made.
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What’s Going On? Black Children Between the Ages of 5 and 11 Are Committing Suicide More Than Whites and Experts Don’t Know Why

Black children in America are having a hard time of it, as studies point to an increase in suicides. In a community where suicide is not viewed as a “Black thing,” and discussions about mental health are often viewed as taboo or not taken seriously, the statistics suggest that more must be done to stem the tide of a growing epidemic.
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African Continental Free Trade Area Will Become the World’s Largest Free Trade Zone

Africa is on the move, with the nations of that continent joining forces to form a multitrillion-dollar trading bloc — the world’s largest free trade zone — and hoping to elevate Africa’s position and bargaining power in the global economic system. With Zambia as the 22nd nation to ratify in April, the African Union met the minimum threshold for approval of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
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Suspensions Don’t Work: Study Says Students Seek School Discipline To Earn Respect and Social Status

School violence and student interpersonal conflict are on the minds of the Black community, in light of the recent deaths of at least two children following fights on school grounds. Such incidents place into focus the role of school suspensions and other forms of discipline, and whether these forms of punishment actually act as an effective deterrent to fighting in an educational environment.
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A Witch Hunt? Black Jewish Activist Jackie Walker Ousted from British Labour Party for Advocating for Holocaust Memorial Day to Include Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

Black politicians, academics and activists face pressure and punishment in the U.S. for their opposition to the Israeli occupation and support for Palestinian rights, including figures such as U.S. Ilhan Omar, Angela Davis and Marc Lamont Hill. Meanwhile, a Black woman political activist has faced similar retribution in Britain for her outspoken views on racism, Israel and Palestine.
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What Biden Gets Wrong About the 1994 Crime Bill

With the 2020 presidential campaign underway and a crowded field of candidates, hopefuls on the Democratic side seek to distinguish themselves from the pack, while others find themselves justifying or explaining their past positions. One of those candidates is former Vice President Joe Biden, and the issue is the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that he championed as a member of the Senate, and which President Bill Clinton signed into law.
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David A. Love

David A. Love is a journalist and commentator who writes investigative stories and op-eds on a variety of issues, including politics, social justice, human rights, race, criminal justice and inequality. He is a writer for CNN, The Appeal, theGrio, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera,, and a member of the editorial collective of Global African Worker. In addition, Love's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian and HuffPost, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New Republic.

Love has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, SiriusXM, WURD, CBC News and ABC News Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). He was a producer for Democracy Now! and a contributor to the books, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons (2000), A Reader for College Writers, 6th Ed. (2004), At the Tea Party (2010) and Current Controversies: The Death Penalty (2015).

Love is an adjunct instructor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where he trains students in a social justice journalism lab, and edits and publishes student work for the online publication NJ Spark. He has taught at the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication in the Media Studies and Production Department.

In addition to his journalism career, Love has worked as an advocate and leader in the nonprofit sector, served as a legislative aide, and as a law clerk to two federal judges. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also completed the Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.