Press & Media



Essay | Web
February 2014 The Grio
Benjamin Crump and Charles F. Coleman, Jr.: ‘We are all Trayvon today’
"Two years ago today, a 17-year-old boy named Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida. Since that fateful encounter, the entire world has become more familiar with his story. As we wistfully remember the events of today, we are all reminded that many of our nation’s scars surrounding Trayvon’s killing have yet to fully heal. Many will recall that Trayvon was unarmed and had committed no crime to speak of before being shot and losing his life in a confrontation which he did not initiate.

Equally as important to remember is before that day, he was a bright-eyed teenager full of hopes and dreams, and bristling with the limitless potential of infinite possibilities for his life. Possibilities that are, sadly, no more."






Essay | Web
February 2014 Huffington Post
Not Again: One Black Attorney's Thoughts on the Michael Dunn Verdict
"No, this is not the Zimmerman case, but it evokes many of the same emotions and frustration and despite the jury finding Dunn guilty of attempted murder, so many of us are left with the same empty feeling. Even to a lawyer, the irony here can't be missed: in plain-speak, "to attempt" suggests that an act was unsuccessful and incomplete; only in this case, one of the people Dunn is guilty of having "attempted" to murder is actually dead. "





Essay | Web
January 2014 Huffington Post
I'm a (Former) Prosecutor, and It's Time to Raise the Age in New York
"Black prosecutors, and particularly those who work in communities of color, face unique challenges that many of our colleagues do not understand. We are often called to delicately balance notions of right v. wrong and the desire for safer communities while still maintaining our world perspective as Black people. This perspective is shaped by our interactions and experiences in a world where law enforcement is not always friendly and things are not always fair. When you know how ugly the system can be, it is even more of a challenge to see face after face of Black and Latino males spending their youth being tried as adults when they should be somewhere attending their proms or playing Xbox."





Feature | Print
February 2014 EBONY
What's Next 2014
"Charles F. Coleman Jr. featured as part of What's Next in 2014 in the area of Law, Politics, and Civil Rights."






Essay | Web
December 2013 EBONY
Is a Criminal Background Keeping You Unemployed? (Part 2)
"Most of us learned early in life that living while Black comes with more than its fair share of challenges. The process of job hunting is hardly an exception, as racial discrimination remains a significant hurdle for many seeking employment. In Part 1, I detailed how criminal convictions could adversely affect employment prospects. Here, I’ve offered five tips for what to do if you believe you’ve been discriminated against—for a criminal background, or otherwise--while seeking employment."





Essay | Web
December 2013 EBONY
What Is Affluenza? (And Can I Get Some?)
"While the title suggests that affluenza is a condition related to status and wealth rather than race, I submit that any attempt to differentiate along those lines is little more than a smokescreen of semantics. Further, even for a wealthy Black family whose son killed four people in a drunk driving accident, is there any real question as to whether affluenza would fly as a viable defense?"





Essay | Web
December 2013 EBONY
Is a Criminal Background Keeping You Unemployed? (Part 2)
"Criminal background checks as part of applications for employment are neither new nor illegal. However, this issue has recently been in discussion mainly due to the ease with which employers can now use the internet to research employee backgrounds as well as the manner in which employers are using the results of these investigations. While employers are able to conduct checks and make hiring decisions based on what they find, broad screening out of candidates who appear to have criminal records can often be problematic. When background checks are applied without any consideration for an individual’s circumstances, this can sometimes create a discriminatory, albeit unintentionally so, result which disproportionately affects the poor, working-class and people of color."





Essay | Web
September 2013 EBONY.com
8 Things You Need To Know About a Potential Government Shutdown
"While I do know that everyone here may not work for the federal government, we all are impacted when federal services are cut/closed. So, it only makes sense that we know what's going on. I wrote a piece for EBONY online giving an overview of what a potential government shutdown would look like."





Interview | Web
September 2013 Lawyers.com
Mississippi Upholds Open Carry Firearm Law





Essay | Web
August 2013 EBONY.com
Obama at #MOW50: Tastes Great, Less Filling
"In the same breath that he acknowledged the constraints and problems which cause the disease of oppression, he also came dangerously close to blaming the victim for displaying symptoms of being oppressed."





Interview | Television
August 2013 Fox 5 News (NEW YORK, NY)
NYPD seizes over 250 guns in largest gun bust in department history.





Interview | Radio
August 2013 Hot 97 (WQHT(NY)--FM)
Street Soliders with Lisa Evers: Stop, Question, and Frisk





Essay | Web
July 2013 EBONY.com
Can Obama Mend the Voting Rights Act?
"In the wake of President Obama's meeting with activists about the historic legislation, attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. breaks down what you need to know right now."



Essay | Web
July 2013
Mastering the Tight Rope: Obama Nails Race in Remarks Following Zimmerman Verdict "One of us, the President of the United States of America, was speaking to America for all of us. More than that, he was speaking through the lens of his own personal experience, and finally using the unique advantage he holds over his 43 predecessors, speaking from a place of empathy while they could only have hoped to speak from a place of sympathy."





Interview | Television
July 2013 Fox 5 News (NEW YORK, NY)
Trayvon Martin: The verdict and next steps for the family.





Interview | Radio
July 2013 Hot 97 (WQHT(NY)--FM)
Street Soliders with Lisa Evers: Trayvon Martin Verdict Pt. 1





Interview | Radio
July 2013 Hot 97 (WQHT(NY)--FM)

Street Soliders with Lisa Evers: Trayvon Martin Verdict Pt. 2
"... Hip Hop in a lot of ways carries an obligation to the community in that Hip Hop dictates so much about what it is that we do, say, and think that at this time, at this juncture, at this critical juncture in history, we can ill afford to have Hip Hop standing on the side lines. We need Hip Hop in the game. We need Hip Hop as an active player. Hip Hop has told us how to dress, Hip Hop has told us what to drink, Hip Hop has told us how to dance, Hip Hop has told us what's cool what's not. And, at this point the level of engagement that we need from ALL stakeholders at the table MUST involve Hip Hop." (12:08 mark)



Feature | Web
July 2013 On Being a Black Lawyer.
Black legal analysts in the spotlight in Zimmerman trial coverage.
"The Zimmerman trial and aftermath of it’s coverage has also given rise to new voices such as former Brooklyn prosecutor Charles F. Coleman, Jr. who just this week wrote a piece for Ebony magazine’s website entitled, “JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON: What Went Wrong?,” in which he dissected the not guilty verdict. "





Feature | Web
July 2013 Rolling Out Magazine
Solange Knowles and Charles F. Coleman Jr. head NAACP Trayvon Martin protest in Brooklyn, NY
“This is not simply about Trayvon. The injustice in Sanford, Florida is as much about stand your ground as it is about stop and frisk policies here in New York City. We must take a stand. The time is now.”





Interview | Web
July 2013 Rolling Out Magazine
Trial Attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. gives reasons for George Zimmerman acquittal
"I think the bigger miscue [is] the prosecution let the narrative get away from them and they did not do a good job of controlling the narrative. The defense was able to take ahold of the narrative and they never gave it back and the prosecution never went and reclaimed it."





Essay | Web
July 2013 EBONY
Justice for TRAYVON: What went wrong? Attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. examines the infuriating "Not Guilty" verdict.
"While the prosecution delivered an outstanding summation and rebuttal that attempted to bring back the narrative, it was simply too far gone by that time. Too little, too late."