Latoya Peterson lives at the intersection of emerging technology and culture.
Named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 rising stars in media, she is best known for the award winning blog Racialicious.com – the intersection of race and pop culture. Currently, she is working on projects involving virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. In 2019, she is launching a collaborative art project that explores the future of artificial intelligence and predictive policing through a hip-hop lens.
At ESPN/Disney, she pursued projects around leveraging machine learning for business and entertainment applications creating demos and case studies for internal use, specifically focusing on video production and machine learning in partnership with the ABC R & D lab and ESPN’s Advanced Technology Group.
In 2016, she produced a critically acclaimed YouTube series on Girl Gamers that was highlighted on Spotify. Previously, she was the Deputy Editor, Digital Innovation for ESPN’s The Undefeated, an Editor-at-Large at Fusion, and the Senior Digital Producer for The Stream, a social media driven news show on Al Jazeera America.
Known for bringing a hip-hop feminist and racial justice framework to technological and cultural analysis, Latoya’s perspectives have been widely published in outlets like Teen Vogue, NPR, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Spin, Vibe, Marie Claire, Kotaku, The Atlantic, The American Prospect, and The Guardian. She was a contributor to Jezebel.com. Her essay, “The Not Rape Epidemic” was published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008). She also contributed “The Feminist Existential Crisis (Dark Children Remix)” to the anthology Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism (CCPA, 2011).
She is often asked to speak about technology, race, gender, and pop culture. Her past engagements include the Harvard Business School Tech Summit, FEST Peru, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) R & D Lab, The European Journalism Centre, Media Party Africa, and The Conf in Sweden. She is a frequent panelist at conferences like the Global Editors Network, the Game Developers Conference, Confab, Online News Association, South by Southwest Interactive, and the American Anthropological Association. As a keynote speaker, she’s led workshops and addressed students at institutions like Princeton University, Texas A & M University, Swarthmore College, Kenyon College, Harvard’s Black Law Students Association and MIT’s Graduate Women Symposium.
As a digital media consultant, Latoya Peterson has worked with brands like the Lean In Foundation, NPR, the Wikimedia Foundation, and Weber-Shandwick to provide demographic analysis, ideas on improving user experience, and specialized outreach. As a media personality, she has provided expert commentary for outlets like CNN and C-SPAN. She was also a guest host for WEAA’s The Michael Eric Dyson Show and a contributor/substitute digital producer for Al-Jazeera International’s version of The Stream.
She is currently on the advisory board of the Data & Society Institute and the board of visitors for The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships. She is a US-Japan Leadership Foundation Delegate for 2018 (Seattle) and 2019 (Tokyo). She was a John S. Knight Journalism 2012-2013 Fellow at Stanford University focusing on mobile technology and digital access. She served as a Harvard Berkman Center Affiliate, a Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows. She is also part of the selection committee for the Museum of Play’s World Video Game Hall of Fame.