A native of Chicago, IL, Derrick operates as an independent journalist and communications consultant. Derrick is committed to engendering dialogues on the intersections of identity, culture and politics—from #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite. Oftentimes, Derrick engages online conversations to help people understand social realities.
Derrick’s reporting and news analysis has appeared in various forms all over the media spectrum, including The New York Times, NBC News, MSNBC, HLN, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Root, The Advocate, Quartz, Mic, Daily Dot, Windy City Times, and various National Public Radio affiliates. Derrick currently serves as a columnist for the Chicago Reader, the city’s alt-weekly of record, and received the 2016 National Association of Black Journalists Award for Newspaper Commentary.
Clifton is alum of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where they graduated with an MSJ. Clifton also received a B.Sc. from Northwestern University in Communication Studies, with concentrations in Political Science and Gender Studies.