David A. Love

Journalist and Commentator


David A. Love

Writer for theGrio, CNN Opinion, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera, The Progressive, WHYY News. Journalism Instructor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, SiriusXM, WURD.


Beyond Starbucks: America Is Still Living Out the Days When ‘Black Codes’ Were Legal

The arrest of two Black men in a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia raises the issue of practices, policies and laws that have a discriminatory impact on Black people and target Black men in particular. Policies which monitor and restrict the movement of Black people require the active participation of people, whether police officers or baristas, who execute and make the system work.
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This is how Trump is destroying the Republican Party

Donald Trump has remade the Republican Party in his own image. Under his mismanagement and ineptitude, the GOP has become the party of corruption and plunder, kakistocracy, and white nationalism. Trump is dismantling the government and his party with it. Certainly, if he has ruined the GOP brand, he could not have done it alone, as this process was decades in the making.
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In Starbucks While Black

The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks demonstrates that racism in policing, and in daily life, is still an urgent problem in America. On April 12, a Starbucks employee called the police to report the two men for “refusing to make a purchase or leave.”. Although the men waiting at a table to meet a friend did nothing wrong, they were arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted, photographed and held for nearly nine hours.
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Comey is exactly right about Trump being like a mob boss Link to Story

Martin Luther King and the battles that outlived him

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Penn Law prof’s comments prove need for racial justice in legal profession

Why are diversity and inclusion important in the legal profession and in society in general? The justice system is not colorblind, and black and brown men disproportionately fill America’s prisons. If the caretakers and decision-makers of our legal institutions do not reflect the diversity of America, they cannot claim to represent everyone, and society can never hope to overcome unconscious racial bias and discrimination.
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Marielle Franco Assassinated, Brazil Erupts in Protest of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman’s Death

The Black and poor populations of Brazil are in protest following the execution-style killing of Marielle Franco, 38, a Black city councilwoman, activist, and critic of police violence. Franco was shot to death in an apparent assassination. According to police, two men in a car fired nine shots into the politician’s vehicle, killing her and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes on Wednesday night, as the Associated Press reported.
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US schools fail to teach about slavery and America pays the price

Love writes for, a website dedicated to covering news in the African-American community. He is a writer and commentator based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidALove. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)Another February has passed, and once again too many Americans view Black History Month as a footnote, impacting African-Americans but insignificant to the greater country. Link to Story

To All the Young Folks Fighting the Gun Lobby: Follow the Money

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Russia money ties to NRA makes Trump and GOP look very suspicious Link to Story

Why the black press is more relevant than ever

Love writes for, a website dedicated to covering news in the African-American community. He is a writer and commentator based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidALove. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. This is the next installment in the CNN Opinion series on the challenges facing the media, which is under attack from critics, governments and changing technology. Link to Story

The Only Black FBI Agent In Minnesota Faces Prison For Exposing Bureau’s White Male Culture, Hostility Towards Black, Muslim Communities

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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 theGrio, CNN, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera, WHYY News, The Progressive and In addition, Love's work has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian and HuffPost, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New Republic.

Love has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, SiriusXM, 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 also 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.

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.