Thembi Ford is a pop culture critic based in Los Angeles. Her writing, which focuses on entertainment news, politics, and pop culture commentary with a comedic twist, has been featured on a number of websites including The Root, Jezebel, AOL Black Voices, and The Smoking Section. In print, Thembi is a regular contributor to Metro’s Voices column. Her broadcast experience includes VH-1’s “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs,” WPEB Philadelphia radio show Beats In The City, and she is the monthly cultural correspondent on the podcast Soul Sanctuary Radio. Thembi also contributes her voice to academic panel discussions such as Hampton University’s “Still Waiting to Exhale: Black Women in Film.”
In July 2007, Thembi founded the blog What Would Thembi Do?, a mix between cultural commentary, entertainment opinion, black pop culture, and, above all else, humor writing. With regular entertainment reviews, Thembi’s appeal is her knack for slicing through America’s wide-spread political correction to share her wickedly clever observations on modern culture and the human condition. With thousands of daily visitors and a thriving community of readers, What Would Thembi Do? was profiled in Metro’s “Blogarithms” feature and was nominated as “Blog to Watch” in the 2008 Black Weblog Awards.
Thembi holds a cum laude B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and was recently awarded a 2010 Annenberg Fellowship from the University of Southern California to pursue a Master’s degree in Specialized Journalism, where she will make all things related to black pop culture an intense but fun academic endeavor.
Check out Thembi in the VH-1 Q&A “Evolution of Hip-Hop.”