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Clay  Cane

Clay Cane

New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist, Radio Host, Political Analyst

Clay Cane

New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Journalist, Radio Host, Political Analyst


Clay Cane is an award-winning journalist, radio host, political analyst and a New York Times bestselling author. The Grift: The Downward Spiral of Black Republicans from the Party of Lincoln to the Cult of Trump, an instant New York Times bestseller, was released in January 2024. The Grift chronicles the nuanced history of Black Republicanism from President Abraham Lincoln to the present.

Clay is the co-editor and contributing writer of the 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home. Additionally, he contributed to 2013's Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community.

In 2015, Cane created, directed and produced the BET.com original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. Premiering at NYU in November 2015, the film explored homophobia in the Black church. The film earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism and a Black Reel Award nomination for Best Television Documentary or Special. The White House featured Clay as a Black History Month speaker along with a screening of the documentary. In 2017, his first book was released, Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race. With grit and humor, each essay combines personal stories with both researched and individual social analysis.

That same year, The Clay Cane Show, a political talk radio show, launched on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126, tackling politics and culture with thought leaders, politicians and activists. In 2022, the radio program was honored with the Best Regularly Scheduled Social Justice Program award from the New York Festivals Radio Awards for Cane's Exonerated series, which features interviews with the wrongfully convicted.

Clay’s commentary has been featured on television networks such as MTV, ABC, MSNBC, FOX and CNN. He has contributed to numerous print and online publications including CNN.com and The Washington Post. He has conducted interviews with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Dan Rather, Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Beyoncé Knowles and others.

Clay is a graduate of Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies.

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Speech Topics

The Grift: How Did Black Republicans Go From Frederick Douglass to Clarence Thomas?

Delve into the intricate journey of Black Republicans from the era of Frederick Douglass to the contemporary landscape epitomized by figures like Clarence Thomas. This thought-provoking discussion by New York Times Bestselling Author Clay Cane explores the historical context, ideological shifts and societal dynamics that have shaped the trajectory of Black Republicanism over time. From the pioneering activism of Frederick Douglass to the complexities of Clarence Thomas's jurisprudence, this presentation offers insights into the diverse perspectives, challenges and motivations within the Black Republican movement. Through a nuanced examination of key historical moments, political strategies and cultural influences, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the evolving relationship between Black Americans and the Republican Party—illuminating both shared values and divergent paths. Join us for an engaging exploration that challenges assumptions, fosters critical thinking and sparks meaningful dialogue on race, politics and identity in America.

Black History Is American History: The Importance of Real History & Debunking the Lies You've Been Told

Join New York Times Bestselling Author Clay Cane for an enlightening presentation that challenges conventional narratives, debunks myths and explores the vital contributions of Black communities. This presentation isn't just about revisiting the past. It's about empowering individuals to confront systemic injustices, challenge entrenched biases and actively participate in building a more equitable future. By recognizing that Black history is indeed American history, this transformative talk is an invaluable resource for educators, activists and students.

If You Don't Do Politics, Politics Will Do You: Voter Engagement & Civic Participation

In this empowering talk, New York Times Bestselling Author and Political Analyst Clay Cane dives into the importance of voter engagement. In an era defined by unprecedented challenges and profound societal change, the imperative for active civic participation has never been more urgent. From understanding the significance of local elections to navigating complex policy issues, participants will gain practical insights and actionable strategies for becoming informed, empowered citizens. Our votes have the power to influence policy decisions, drive social change and hold the government accountable. When we don’t participate, Clay says, it’s the easiest way to lose our civil liberties. This timely and impactful presentation is a must-attend for anyone passionate about shaping the future of our democracy.

Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God & Race

With our deep misunderstanding of racial identity, the murders of transgender women increasing at an alarming rate and the battle of faith and sexual orientation at churches across the country, we are in a war of ideologies. In this thought-provoking and personal presentation by New York Times Bestselling Author Clay Cane, the award-winning journalist unpacks the unique challenges faced by communities who navigate multiple marginalized identities. This insightful keynote will inspire the audience to stretch beyond stereotypes. Through candid storytelling, critical reflection and interactive dialogue, you’ll gain a deeper awareness of our cultural climate and how we can improve it—starting with yourself.

Shaping Tomorrow: Empowering the Next Generation Through Black History

Through engaging storytelling, multimedia presentations and thought-provoking analysis, participants will gain a deeper appreciation for the contributions of Black trailblazers in fields ranging from science and literature to politics and activism. From the groundbreaking achievements of historical figures to the innovative leadership of contemporary changemakers, New York Times Bestselling Author Clay Cane highlights the transformative power of Black history in shaping the world we live in today. But this presentation isn't just about reflecting on the past. It's about empowering the next generation to carry forward the legacy of progress and social change. Participants will explore strategies for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their own lives and communities, while also cultivating the leadership skills necessary to address the challenges of tomorrow.