Kovie Biakolo is a writer, editor, and multiculturalism scholar specializing in culture and identity. Her work, which is featured in various publications includes critical analysis and reporting of race, gender/sex, nationality, and pop culture, among other subjects. She is currently the Senior Editor of the Arts & Entertainment section at BuzzFeed News. She was formerly the Senior Writer and Cultural Advocate at Thought Catalog, as well as a contributing writer and weekend news editor/curator for Radio One's Hello Beautiful. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance writer for small to mid-size businesses and brands, as well as served as a writer, editor, and community manager of the career site, MsCareerGirl.com. Kovie has also taught Intercultural Communications at DePaul University as an adjunct professor.
Kovie holds a Master's degree in Organizational and Multicultural Communication from DePaul University (2015). Her Master's thesis research conducted a sociolinguistic analysis of how popular digital media sites discuss race. The research, among other things, found black women's stories and perspectives lacking, and this finding inspires much of her public writing work. Kovie also holds a BSc in Marketing with a concentration in Law and Business (and an unofficial secondary focus on political theory) from Drake University (2011).
Nigerian-born, Kovie is a multilingual "third culture kid" who was mostly raised away from Nigeria, and considers many places home. Currently Kovie lives in New York City and is grateful to do so during the time of Google Maps.