About Me

arceneaux-headshot1Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently living in Harlem.

While attending Howard University, Michael held internship positions at Radio One, C-SPAN, the now-defunct Blender magazine, and MTV News Online. He also took part in a comedy-writing program founded by Chris Rock and sponsored by Comedy Central.

Presently, Michael pens the column Pop That, which chronicles the intersection of pop culture and sex for EBONY magazine. He also serves as a regular contributor to EBONY.com, Complex, The Guardian, Fusion, VH1, and Univision’s The Root. Moreover, he’s written for the New York Times magazine, the Washington Post, Gawker, Buzzfeed, Esquire.com, Time Ideas, New York magazine’s Vulture, Salon, The Atlantic, The Guardian, NPR’s Code Switch, xoJane, ESSENCE magazine, Comedy Central Online, among others.

His work has been referenced everywhere from The Weekly Standard to Jezebel to MSNBC and even been deemed required reading for courses at Harvard University. Additionally, Michael’s made several appearances on MSNBC, NPR, BET, VH1, SiriusXM Radio, HuffPost Live in addition to other various radio interviews on nationally syndicated programs. He also appeared in a Beyoncé documentary produced by Music Choice, which was special because Beyoncé is Michael’s lord and gyrator.

But, you can find Michael in his most natural state on his Web site, The Cynical Ones, a humor blog filled with commentary on politics, pop culture, and personal anecdotes. The Root named Michael named one of the Best Black Bloggers to Know in 2012.

Since Michael is getting tired of writing about himself in third person feel free to contact me I mean him at mjarceneaux@gmail.com.

Literary agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich.

Photo credit: Steven Duarte

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