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ABOUT GEORGE ALEXANDER

An NAACP Image Award-nominated producer, George Alexander is the principal and founder of Galex Media Group, LLC, a full-service television, film, video production and publishing company. George recently served as the executive producer and director of TV One Night Only: Live from the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival, a two-hour television special showcasing musical performances from the nation’s largest Black music festival. The special, which premiered in September on TV One, featured performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment: Mary J. Blige, New Edition, Usher, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge, KEM, Ledisi, and Trey Songz.

This year George executive produced and directed the video tributes for the 2012 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, a star-studded event, which honored Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and actresses Pam Grier, Kerry Washington, Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton. George also executive produced the videos for the 2011 awards honoring Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis.

In 2009 and 2010 George served as the supervising producer on the Centric/BET Networks show Leading Women, a biography show on outstanding African American women including Dr. Maya Angelou, India.Arie, Fantasia, Susan Taylor, Toni Braxton, Iman, among others. George earned a 2010 NAACP Image Award nomination for the show’s episodes on Dr. Angelou and India.Arie.

A former editor-at-large at Black Enterprise magazine, in addition to Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com, George has also written for The Huffington Post, CNN.com, AOL, Daily Variety, VH1, The Biography Channel, ESSENCE, Ebony, HBO.com, Forbes Special Interest, American Legacy, Playthings, and Savoy.

George wrote the January 2008 cover story for Black Enterprise entitled “Why Barack Obama Should Be President.” For the piece, George interviewed then Senator Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, former Virginia Governor and now Mayor of Richmond L. Douglas Wilder, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, John F. Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen, political scientists, among others. Additionally, George attended and covered both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2008. His cover story, Yes We Must!, on the historic 2008 presidential election, appeared in the November 2008 issue of Black Enterprise.

For Black Enterprise, George also wrote a cover story on the radio industry for the August 2008 issue for which he interviewed radio greats Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Michael Baisden, Radio One president and CEO Alfred Liggins III, among others.


In 2007 he wrote The Biography Channel’s Oscar countdown show Race to the Red Carpet. The special looks back at the year 2006 at the movies and features biographical sketches of the Academy Award nominees for 2007 including Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eddie Murphy.

George is the co-author of the Essence magazine bestseller Queens: Portraits of Black Women and their Fabulous Hair (Doubleday, November 2005) with photographer Michael Cunningham who co-authored the bestseller Crowns. Queens is a photo essay book of Black women from around the world, including England, Ghana, and Seychelles, discussing their personal hair stories. The book was featured in numerous publications across the country including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Miami Herald, Women’s Wear Daily, The Mobile Register, Ebony, and Essence, and on National Public Radio, Good Day Atlanta, and Life & Times on KCET Los Angeles. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC ran a well-received exhibit of photographs and essays from Queens in 2006. A second exhibit of Queens ran at the Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries in Concord, NC in spring 2007.

His first book, the celebrated Essence magazine bestseller Why We Make Movies: Black Filmmakers Talk about the Magic of Cinema, was published by Doubleday Harlem Moon. The first of its kind, Why We Make Movies is a collection of interviews with thirty-three outstanding African-American directors and producers including Spike Lee, John Singleton, Melvin Van Peebles, Julie Dash, Gordon Parks, Ossie Davis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Warrington Hudlin, Reginald Hudlin, St. Clair Bourne and Euzhan Palcy. Harvard University has used Why We Make Movies in a class taught by renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell.

George was the co-writer of the VH1 special series Black in the 80s. The three-part series examines and celebrates the impact of Black popular culture---from The Cosby Show to Oprah to Spike Lee to hip hop and R&B---on mainstream culture during the 1980s. The series premiered in February 2005.

A film and pop culture critic, George has appeared on VH1, TV One, NPR, AMC, Fox Business, BET, CNN radio, and MTV radio. He has also lectured, moderated or served on panels at conferences, film festivals, colleges, and museums across the country including, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Independent Feature Project, the Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, California State University, DePaul University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, the American Museum of Natural History, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Newark Museum. George also wrote, directed, and produced, Two Years Later, a fifteen-minute dramatic short film, which was screened at Lincoln Center by the Black Filmmaker Foundation.

In 2001, George was selected for membership in the British-American Project (BAP) and invited to attend the organization’s annual conference in Oxford, England. Sponsored by the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, BAP is a competitive invitation-only fellowship of American and British leaders and opinion makers from such diverse fields as the media, business, education, government, the arts, and medicine. He sits on the boards of the Vineyard Theatre, which produced the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical Avenue Q and the Tony Award-nominated Scottsboro Boys and the Friends of Harlem Hospital. George is a former board member of Harlem Stage, the performing arts center at City College of New York. George also enjoys going to the movies, foreign travel, long-distance running, downhill skiing and listening to live music.

Before pursuing his creative dreams, George served as a vice president at Westpac Banking Corporation in New York. After banking, he spent four months in Paris where he wrote comedy sketches, studied classic American films, and completed immersion French studies. A native of Mobile, AL, George is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Entries by George Alexander

My Interview With the Best Man Holiday Director Malcolm D. Lee

(5) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:19 PM

The Best Man is one of my very favorite movies. I love it. Beautiful girls, cool guys, characters who are really like people you know. So I was very excited when I heard that director Malcolm D. Lee was bringing a sequel -- The Best Man Holiday -- to the...

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Post-Diversity? No. Even With a Black President

(16) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Diversity. Yeah, that word. So 1990s. Well, maybe not.

With the U.N. 67th General Assembly under way this week in New York at which matters of cultural identity, gender and human rights and more will be debated, it's a good time to look at the perennial issue of diversity and...

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CNN Special: "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door"

(47) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 4:54 PM

The CNN In America series is some of the best television out there. It frequently takes us into the lives, the hopes and dreams of ordinary, everyday Americans -- African Americans, latinos, gays and now Muslims -- who to date have struggled in gaining full acceptance into the American family....

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My Review of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special

(13) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 10:05 AM

My Review of CNN's Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special
By George Alexander

"Debt is a bigger problem than racism." Those are pretty strong words. At least that's what I thought when I first heard them uttered by Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries in CNN's Almighty Debt. The documentary,...

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So Just Where Are The Women In Hip-Hop? My Mic Sounds Nice Review

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 2:41 PM

What's an art form without women's voices? That's a question that kept popping in my mind as I sat mesmerized in a screening of BET's first-ever original music documentary, My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth about Women in Hip-hop, which premieres tonight on the network.

This film is brilliant. Directed...

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Spike Lee's If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise Review

(20) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 3:59 PM

Thank God for Spike Lee. I must admit I had reservations about Lee's second post-Katrina documentary film for HBO If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise before seeing it. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, another Gulf Coast city, and we've always looked at New Orleans as a...

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Annie Leibovitz: Still One of the Greatest Artists Ever

(9) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 1:20 PM

I love Annie Leibovitz. How couldn't you? She's nothing short of one of the most phenomenal chroniclers of our times.

So when I read in the New York Times this weekend that Ms. Leibovitz's financial problems --- news of which has been circling the media for a year now...

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Wall Street Pay Back Up! Look Out: The Bubble Man Cometh!

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 10:46 AM

The recession is over! Well, at least Wall Street bankers are beginning to think so. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Wall Street pay is on a rebound, set to return this year to 2007 levels. Things are looking up. At least that's what we are supposed to believe....

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Charles Barkley's Time for Rebirth

(23) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 3:57 PM

I'm going to be honest with you. Charles Barkley has always gotten on my nerves. From his loud mouth antics on the court and unbridled cockiness off to the NBA Hall of Famer's now infamous statement, "I'm not a role model. I'm not paid to be a role model," his...

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Is Michael Steele The Next Sarah Palin?

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 4:14 PM

Lights! Camera! Action! The past week has been nothing short of the third season of a GOP reality show, which began with George W. Bush's prolonged administration in its first season, continued with the McCain/Palin ticket in season two and now with Barack Obama's election---making black the new black---begins season...

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Black History Month Remains Important

(22) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 5:10 PM

Admittedly, I've been one of those people who over years have viewed the annual truncation of everything black and historical in America into one month we call Black History Month rather ambivalently. On the one hand, I have considered the annual parade of PBS documentaries, made-for-television historical dramas, and lecture...

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