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The mayor of Atlanta and a washed-up reporter investigate a series of assassinations, and uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city's political machine.

Travels from: Georgia

Goldie Taylor

Goldie Taylor is perhaps best known for her work as a cable news political analyst, and is also the editor-at-large at The Daily Beast and a former executive consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide. Having been a senior leader with global agencies-- Edelman Public Relations and GCI Group—Taylor has cross-sector experience delivering integrated consumer brand marketing, digital engagement, public relations and social innovation programs.

A self-educated cultural anthropologist, Taylor is a pioneer in culturally-relevant, purpose-driven marketing and was the chief architect of P&G’s “My Black Is Beautiful.”

Taylor has been a featured political analyst on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN and has been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America. She appeared in “Light Skinned Girls,” a documentary released by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and “Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now” on PBS.

Then too, Taylor has been a frequent guest on a full host of local and national radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written dozens of guest op-ed columns for Salon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, TheGrio, Huffington Post,,, Ebony and Essence among others.

A sought-after public speaker, she has addressed audiences at— among others— the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Spelman College, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism, The King Center and the Cambridge Speaker Series.

Taylor is the author of In My Father’s House (Wheatmark Press, 2005) and The January Girl (Warner Books/ Hachette Grand Central, 2008). After a 10-year hiatus, her third novel--Paper Gods-- was released in October 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. Taylor is currently working on her first non-fiction title: In Defense of Bullsh*t.

An avid runner, Taylor lives with her family in Atlanta and Brooklyn.

From buttermilk fried okra to bibles and bullets, the story comes out the gate moving and never lets up.
— Eric Jerome Dickey, author of A WANTED WOMAN

Talks and Topics

Corporate Topics:

  • The Art of Conscious Capitalism— How to build purpose-driven organization that transforms the enterprise, community and lives

  • In Defense of Bullsh*t— How life’s most inane annoyances shape character, spur growth and sustain change

  • Leading from the Middle— Advancing big ideas when you don’t have the title or the budget

Literary Topics:

  • Writing to Right— How and why you should put your life on paper

  • Confessions of a Reformed Cable Pundit— From daily television appearance to becoming a full-time writer. How I survived the transition.

  • Breakfast with Ghosts— Why “living” with my characters is the best way to get them to come alive on the page.


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