About Us

Bright News features conversations the mainstream media is too afraid for you to hear. Our mission is not only to inform, but also answer hard questions.

We bring you fresh and raw perspectives from activists, thought leaders, influencers, academics, and intellectuals directly addressing issues within black communities across America. We also provide a gateway to access brave and creative voices who are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

At Bright News, we bring you Dope News on a Daily.


Shannon Braswell

Shannon Braswell is a native of Washington State and a graduate of Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington. Being the first male in his family to attend University, he felt the need to give back to his community. He did this through engaging in the non-profit and educational sector. He has worked for Ameri-Corps and Boys and Girls Club as a tutor and mentor to at promise youth and Plymouth Housing Group, servicing the greater Seattle area. He has most recently been engaged in conversations regarding anthropology, faith, social-theory, politics, and history on A Neighbor’s Choice and Things Hidden podcast, hosted by David Gornoski.

Shannon now serves as the Content Curator for Brightnews.com.

Jay Shakur – Senior Correspondent

Jay is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Howard University where he earned a B.A. in Journalism (minoring in Political Science) and is currently a part time freelance journalist. Additionally, he is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy, and Foreign affairs, pursuing a Master of Science in Journalism. You can view more detail about him and his work here.

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