Kevin Powell is a writer, educator, and political activist. He is the author of eight books, including the essay collectionsWho's Gonna Take The Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in AmericaandSomeday We'll All Be Free, and the poetry volume,No Sleep Till Brooklyn. His work has appeared in numerous publications, includingNewsweek,TheWashington Post,Rolling Stone, Ebony,Esquire,Essence, andVibe, where he served as a senior writer, interviewing and profiling, among many others, Colin Powell, and the late Tupac Shakur. He has been a part of numerous think tanks, studies, seminars, symposiums created with the purpose of discussing the challenges Black males face. He is a 2008 Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in Brooklyn , New York .