Darnell L. Moore served as Director of Educational Initiatives at HMI from 2011-2013, leading the charge in creating HMI New Jersey under his strategic direction. He has since then enjoyed an illustrious career that has focused on marginal identity, equity and social justice.
Darnell is Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing at Netflix. Prior to this, he was Head of Strategy and Programs at Breakthrough US, a global socially innovative creative hub that uses media, art, and tech to shift gender norms. He has also held Senior Editorial and Correspondent roles that centered on issues of diverse identities, equity and social transformation. His work has included a 4-part mini-doc series exploring Black LGBTQIA+ life in Atlanta as well as host of a digital series, The Movement, that covered the people working to address social justice issues across the country. The series was subsequently nominated for a Breakthrough Series: Short Form Award at the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards.
In addition to the work he has contributed to public dialogue on race, Darnell has been an advocate for gender equity and sexual diversity. He has served as the co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire since 2010 and an editor of The Feminist Wire Books (a series of University of Arizona Press). He is also a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University and was a 2019 Founding Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the UCLA.
A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, MSNBC, The Guardian, Quartz, Playboy, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Root, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, VICE, Guernica, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others.
Darnell is the author of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award nominated memoir, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America, which was listed as a 2018 NYT Notable Book and a 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He is currently at work on his second book, which is tentatively titled, Unbecoming: Visions Beyond the Limits of Manhood. This past November, Darnell spoke to Forbes magazine, about his decades long career of creating equitable pathways for the Black LGBTQIA+ community and season three of his award-winning podcast, Being Seen.
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