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:

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. 

        NAACP Against the Soda Ban

        Friday, January 25, 2013

        The NAACP came out against Mayor Bloomberg's ban on large, sugary drinks. WNYC's Fred Mogul and Keli Goff, The Root's political correspondent and writer for their Blogging The Beltway blog, discuss why the NAACP has taken this position.

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