Candace McDuffie is the Senior Writer at The Root who focuses on the intersection of race, gender and entertainment. Her written work has been featured on digital platforms such as: Rolling Stone, MTV, Forbes, Grammy.com, Spotify, PAPER, SPIN, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Vibe, Tidal, Marie Claire, Paste, Essence and The Boston Globe.
McDuffie has appeared as a commentator on HBO, BBC World Service: World Business Report, KCRW and the Smithsonian Channel . As a public speaker, she has given talks and moderated panels at an array of conferences, schools and cultural events including: Spotify’s Co. Lab Sessions, Black Communities Conference, Boston Book Festival, Writer’s Digest Annual Conference and The Muse and The Marketplace. McDuffie was awarded Music Journalist of the Year at the 2020 Boston Music Awards as well as Hennessy’s Privilege Toast. She was also a Key West Literary Seminar Fellow in 2022.