Keli Goff

An internationally recognized multi-platform journalist and fiction writer, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in many publications including TimeCosmopolitan, Essence, The Washington Post and the web editions of The New York Times and The Atlantic, among others. She is author of two books, including Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008).
She is currently a columnist for The Daily Beast, and is also an award-winning writer for theater and television.
For her work on the third season of the hit television series “Being Mary Jane,” she was awarded a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series. In December 2015 she completed a two-year playwriting fellowship with The Public Theater, the legendary artistic institution best known for producing Shakespeare in the Park.
Keli has appeared on more than 100 national and international news programs on the networks, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, BET and the BBC, providing political analysis and cultural criticism. Learn more at and follow her on Twitter @keligoff

Keli Goff appears in the following:

Political Party with Keli Goff: Election Night Party

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Join us via live stream for our Election Night party with WNYC, in partnership with Guardian US and Refinery29. Games, commentary and live updates. 


Cutting Loose on Election Night

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Keli Goff, columnist for the Daily Beast and host of WNYC's live series, Political Party with Keli Goff, previews her final event this evening: Election Night Party.


Political Party with Keli Goff: Follow the Money

Thursday, October 27, 2016

From the billions spent by Charles and David Koch to the small bills of Bernie supporters, whose money controls American politics? Featuring Dylan Ratigan, Mark Green and Glynda Carr.


The Final Debate, According to Today's Polls

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How did the candidates' performances at the final presidential debate make a difference in the polls?

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Round Two: Recap of the Second Presidential Debate

Monday, October 10, 2016

A review and analysis of the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

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Political Party with Keli Goff: The Obama Years in Black and White

Sunday, October 02, 2016

As President Barack Obama's time in the Oval Office nears an end, we examine his impact on national conversations about race, justice, and inequality from policy matters to pop culture. 
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And The Winner of Last Night's Debate Is....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recap and analysis of last night's presidential debate and the spectrum of reactions.

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Political Party with Keli Goff: The Obama Years in Black and White

Monday, September 19, 2016

How has Barack Obama's presidency impacted national conversations on race, justice, and inequality? Keli Goff talks with Jonathan Alter, Don Lemon, Daryl Davis and Ron Christie. 


The Obama Years and the Current Social Climate

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The current administration has set the stage for conversations on race relations but how will the presidential candidates fare if they are elected?


RNC Tuesday: Part 2

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The GOP's platform on a two-state solution for Israel, the hope that Trump's racist remarks will blow over, and reasons why they probably won't.

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Political Party with Keli Goff: SCOTUS and the Next POTUS

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Exploring the 2016 elections could affect the Supreme Court for years to come and how to ensure the nation's highest court is more transparent, accountable and diverse in the future. 
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What's A Women's Issue?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Is there one issue that unites all women when it comes to voting? 


Sanders' Impressive Caucus Wins and Other Political News

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hear a round-up of political news, from the impact of religion on the election to Sanders' wins to Republicans tussling over their wives.

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Keli Goff Is Throwing a Political Party

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Why does civility matter in our politics? WNYC host Keli Goff looks at the outcome of Super Tuesday and what's next for the candidates.

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There Were No Black Artists With Number One Singles In 2013

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

In 2013, not one black artist scored a No. 1 single, while white artists even sat atop the R&B chart for most of the year. Pop chart analyst Chris Molanphy and Daily Beast columnist K...

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Race And The Pop Charts; Angelique Kidjo Plays Live; Why Rick Ross Is Hustlin’ Over Shufflin’

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

In this episode: For the first time in Billboard chart history, no black artists topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in all of 2013. Perhaps even more shocking: For 44 out of 56 weeks of 2013, white artists topped the R&B chart. We look at how and why this happened with pop chart writer Chris Molanphy and political analyst and writer Keli Goff.

Then: Born in Benin, based in Brooklyn, but a true citizen of the world, singer Angelique Kidjo numbers Desmond Tutu and Bill Clinton among her friends. She plays songs from her latest album Eve live in the Soundcheck studio, talks about her new memoir about a life in music and as a UNICEF ambassador.

And: Last week, rapper Rick Ross sued the pop band LMFAO over a lyric in their mega-hit “Party Rock Anthem” -- “Every day I’m shufflin’” -- because it’s similar to his famous lyric “Every day I’m hustlin’.” Soundcheck talks with our copyright go-to, intellectual property lawyer Jonathan Reichman (a.k.a. The Copy Cat) about whether Ross has any legal ground to stand on.


Harry Belafonte And Jay Z: Two Generations Face Off With Words And Lyrics

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Author Keli Goff on Harry Belafonte's activism and his public standoff with Jay Z.

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Harry Belafonte's Activism And Jay Z Beef; Beat Making Lab; Moreland And Arbuckle

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In this episode: Even at 86, acclaimed singer, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte is still making plenty headlines with his recent endorsement of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his long-standing public standoff with rapper Jay Z. Writer Keli Goff joins us to talk about the activism of the "King of Calypso."

Then, the creators of Beat Making Lab talk about their portable electronic beat-making kits that they send to developing countries with the intention of improving communities.

And Wichita, Kansas roots rockers Moreland And Arbuckle perform songs from its new concept album based around 16th century explorer Coronado.

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Why Are Black Producers So Rare On Broadway?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

According to The Root’s Keli Goff, black producers are “Halley's Comet rare” on Broadway. Goff joins Soundcheck to discuss the theater world’s production gap.

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Molly Ringwald’s Jazzy Roots; Black Producers Lacking on Broadway; Jason Vieaux, In The Studio

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

In this episode: Sixteen Candles star Molly Ringwald recently released an album, Except Sometimes, made up of jazz standards — and a jazzified version of the angsty Breakfast Club movie theme, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” She stops by our studio.

    Plus: Keli Goff, special correspondent for The Root, joins us to talk about a lack of diversity behind-the-scenes on Broadway — particularly when it comes to producers.

      And: Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux is expanding the bounds his genre. He shows off his chops in the Soundcheck studio.