RJ Smith has been a contributor to Blender, a columnist for the Village Voice, a staff writer for Spin, and has written for GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and Men’s Vogue. He was also Senior Editor at Los Angeles magazine. His first book, The Great Black Way: LA in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and recipient of a California Book Award. His latest book is The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. He lives in Los Angeles.