Christopher Daniel, "@Journalistorian" and/or "Smarty McFly," is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic, scholar, historian, good spirit, public intellectual, and creative mastermind. People often consider me a tastemaker and a socialite, but I actually wear many hats: culture ambassador, consultant, storyteller, modern-day griot, master networker, screenwriter, poet, online content curator, budding laureate, lover of wisdom and all humanity, scholar, educator, anthropologist, ethnomusicologist, leader, mentor, organic intellectual, social activist, progressive thinker, and most importantly – "The Urban Culture Specialist."
Before I became C. Daniel or "@Journalistorian," I was born and raised Christopher Antoine Daniel on December 24, 1982 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I was heavily inspired by my mother's incredible funk, R&B, and soul-savvy record crate collection, the gospel music I heard from the church choir, the classical music from my orchestra classes, the hip hop I heard throughout the neighborhood and my older sister's "master blaster" boombox, and quirky MTV '80s pop videos.
After graduating with honors from Spartanburg High School in 2001, I enrolled in Johnson C. Smith University, a Historically Black liberal arts college in Charlotte,
North Carolina. I graduated Cum Laude in Journalism and Graphic Design (B.A., 2005). I was immediately accepted and enrolled into The University of Georgia's esteemed Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication focusing on Mass Media Studies (M.A., 2007).
I relocated to Atlanta to pursue my media career in 2008: receiving honors from Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). I focus on areas such as popular music and culture, civil rights, the arts, literature, spirituality, philanthropy, humanitarianism, hospitality, civic engagement, education, public policy, environmental issues, and health & wellness.