Whatchusay?! You may have first heard this phrase as a kid after being disrespectful or unintentionally insulting the intelligence of an adult. It was usually followed by a defiant gaze which put you “in check” right away.

Whatchuay.com is an alternative blog that offers an outlet for both youth media-makers as well as seasoned journalists and thought leaders. Forget the talk radio jocks, nightly news anchors, political pundits and celebrities. Armed with the facts and fostered by a global townhall of bloggers, we believe that everyone can be their own news guru.

Cheo Tyehimba is an award-winning journalist, author, educator, activist and media consultant. He has been a staff writer for Time Warner Magazines, a reporter for Entertainment Weekly magazine, editor of Promethean: The Literary Journal of The City College of New York and senior editor of Code, a style magazine for men of color.

In 1999, he won national distinction for “Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel” by the Society of American Travel Writers for “Scarred Walls of Stone,” his investigative feature on the former slave dungeons of Ghana.

Mr. Tyehimba’s writing has been anthologized in several fiction and non-fiction collections. He has taught writing at The City College of New York and the University of San Francisco, among other schools, and has contributed to several publications, including The Washington Post, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Savoy, People, American Legacy, O – The Oprah Magazine, George Magazine, where he worked with the late John F. Kennedy, Jr., Vibe, Essence, among others.

In addition to speaking and lecturing at universities and organizations, Tyehimba is currently a consultant to a number of clients, including the Museum of the African Diaspora, where he directs I’ve Known Rivers, the museum’s oral history and story project. He is also founder and executive director of Forwardever Media Center, a non-profit media literacy and journalism training organization for youth of color.

He is currently on tour with his recently published book, “Like Loving Backward,” a slightly supernatural short story collection about how black men learn to love.

If you are interested in contributing to this blog, or would like to contact Mr. Tyehimba for book-signing or speaking engagements, please send your query to cheo@forwardevermedia.com.

Thank you!