Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor at San Francisco State, hip Hop historian, political commentator, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, and media justice and community activist. He has been featured as an expert commentator in more than 35 documentaries and TV shows including: Hip Hop Evolution, Letters to The President, Mac Dre, Beef, Thug Angel, American Gangster, and the award winning PBS Rap City Rhapsody. 
He’s also been featured on Democracy Now, CNN, BET, TV1’s Unsung, VH1, Tavis Smiley Show, Fox News, Ayonna Show, Free Speech TV, Nightline, America’s Black Forum and numerous other outlets. He is the co-author of the new edition of the book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop with Jeff Chang.

Davey D is a strong proponent of media justice and has spoken around the country at conferences, FCC hearings, Congressional briefings and at the Congressional Black Caucus on matters ranging from media consolidation to radio royalty rates to political activism within hip hop.