Bakari Sellers Biography
Bakari Sellers born Bakari T. Sellers is an American politician and attorney. From 2006 to 2014, he represented South Carolina’s 90th district in the lower house of the state legislature.
He vacated his seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives to run for Lieutenant Governor that year, but lost. He was succeeded in office by Justin T. Bamberg. Sellers is also the first vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Sellers graduated from Morehouse College, where he served as president of the student body and his law degree from South Carolina University. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Cleveland Sellers, civil rights leader, in his tireless commitment to public service while championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to prevention of domestic violence and childhood obesity.
In addition to his impressive early achievement list, during the 2008 election, Sellers served on the South Carolina steering committee of President Barack Obama. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010 as well as 2014’s “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African Americans. Sellers has been a much sought after public speaker and has provided political and social commentary and analysis on many major national news outlets.
Bakari Sellers Age
He was born o 18 September 1984 in Bamberg, South Carolina, United States. He is 34 years old as of 2018.
Bakari Sellers Height
He stands at about 6 feet 3 inches tall. Though its not clear of his height.
Bakari Sellers Family
Is Bakari Sellers Married
He is married to Ellen Rucker Carter. She was born to Ruby Rucker and Dr Dougla in the 1970s. Rucker is an American by nationality and belongs to black ethnicity. She stands at an average height and grew up with seven other siblings. She is a graduate of North Carolina University.
Bakari Sellers Wife
He married Ellen Rucker Carter in the summer of 2015. Ellen is a chiropractor and co-owner of Rucker Roots hair-care products.
Bakari Sellers Wedding
Bakari Seller was married to Ellen Rucker in the summer of 2015. Ellen Rucker already had a daughter from her previous marriage with Vince Carter, a basketball player. Bakari Seller wedding detail with wife Ellen Rucker was kept private, and only the close friend and family member attended Bakari Seller wedding with Ellen Rucker.
The wedding knots tied between the loving partners with the understanding that Ellen Rucker will parent her daughter together with her previous husband Vince Carter while living a new married life with Bakari Seller.
The understanding in advance could not stop the new father to shower his fatherly love, affection, and responsibility for the lovable and adorable daughter.
Bakari Sellers Parents (Bakari Sellers Father and Bakari Sellers Mother)
He is son to Cleveland Sellers, his father and Gwen Sellers, his mother.
Bakari Sellers Baby – Bakari Sellers Twins
My mother named my siblings and me after family members and most of my siblings followed suit. When I was pregnant with my 13 year old daughter, Kai, I was not feeling the whole family name trend as much and went for a name that we just liked. Though I did give Kai her grandmother’s name, Michelle as her middle name- Kai Michelle Carter.
When I met Bakari, he talked a lot about having a wife and having two children named Justice and Jet. He would jokingly tell all of my girlfriends that when we had children we would have a little Justice and Jet and if Jet was a chunky baby, his nickname would be Jumbo Jet. I would laugh it off but in the back of my mind think…”that is not happening”.
Ten years later, we are having our miracle babies. I felt immense pressure to give them the perfect names. I wanted names that were meaningful and special for both babies. I wanted to name our son after his father, but Bakari was not really into doing so. I thought of Ruby for our daughter because my mother, my sister, and Bakari’s grandmother are all named Ruby. I wasn’t feeling the Justice and Jet names and neither was Bakari anymore. Bakari had a few names for our son in mind already and I pretty much liked all of them. Well, maybe not one so much because it was actually one of my old boyfriend’s name…lol. I realized I really liked the sound and flow of alliterative names like my daughter’s, Kai Carter.
So I started looking for names that began with “S”. When I said “S” names, our son’s name was automatic for Bakari. He had it already picked out. I loved the name immediately because it is so deeply woven into his family’s legacy. But, now we needed our daughter’s name. We flirted around with several “S” names. I really wanted a name that our little family loved and that had deep meaning as well.
So, after many months of thinking about what these babies should be named, we all agreed on Stokely Taggart and Sadie Ellen.
Stokely: named for the prominent organizer in the civil rights movement who was a great friend to my father-in-law, Cleveland. Taggart is Bakari’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I truly loved how Stokely Taggart sounded together.
Sadie: named after my Great Aunt who was married to my paternal Great Uncle, JD. JD was a fraternal twin himself and his twin sister’s name was Sarah. Sadie is a derivative of Sarah, so our Sadie is named for both of her amazingly strong aunts. Ellen is of course my name and was totally Bakari’s idea. (Side note: which I kind of love that he doesn’t mind two Ellens in the house). Ellen is also my maternal Grandmother’s name and she was the true matriarch of the King-Nelson Family.
We await patiently for our miracle babies, Sadie and Stokely Sellers. They are now 30 weeks old and weighing over 3 pounds each. Praise God! They are healthy, growing, and moving a lot! Please continue to keep us in your prayers. —adopted from ‘ellenruckersellers.com’—
Bakari Sellers Podcast
Bakari has a commanding presence, a national following, and above all, a keen interest in the intersection of race, politics, and social justice. “ViewPoint” adds to the national conversation by introducing listeners to emerging voices of the day on a number of hot button topics ranging from the future of Democratic politics in the South to the role of #blacklivesmatter in the Age of Trump. Listen to his podcasts.
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Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation.
He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, NAACP, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC. Sellers is a CNN contributor.
Attorney Bakari Sellers
Sellers has been an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, South Carolina from 2007 to date. Sellers first attended the annual AIPAC conference while serving as student body president at Morehouse College. Sellers has since become a prominent African-American Zionist.
In 2016, he authored a letter signed by 60 fellow African-American politicians urging the Democratic Platform Committee to keep the same language, refusing to include the statement that Israel is engaging in an “occupation” of Palestine that appeared in previous Democratic platforms. Sellers received criticism from pro-Palestinian activists, and groups such as Black Lives Matter, for his opposition to including the word “occupation”.
Bakari Sellers Net Worth
Though he has not disclosed his net value and income, some source mentioned his net salary per annum is near to $100 thousand. And his estimated net worth is calculated at $1.7 million.
Is Bakari Sellers Gay?
No, he is both a husband and a father.
Bakari Sellers Bernie Sanders
CNN’s Bakari Sellers on Bernie Sanders’ Chances with Black Voters: ‘That Ship Has Already Sailed’
Mar 3rd, 2019
CNN contributor and former Democratic state legislator Bakari Sellers offered a grim assessment of Bernie Sanders‘ chances to connect with black voters in the 2020 presidential primary campaign. On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper brought up Sanders’ past troubles connecting with black voters.
“[Sanders is] also emphasizing his commitment to the civil rights movement way back in the ’60s when he was at the University of Chicago,” Tapper said. “He was criticized last time for not connecting effectively with the African-American community. Is this part of what he needs to do to get the nomination?”
“I think that Bernie Sanders has a long way to go,” Sellers said, then added “There’s a certain part of me that believes that ship has already sailed.”
“I mean, it’s not the fact that Bernie Sanders marched with Dr. King in the ’60s,” he continued. “I think that was one of the first things that he said. The question was, where have you been and what have you done since then. Where has your activism been since the ’60s, and show me your legislation as mayor of Burlington or why you’ve been in the United States House or United States Senate to positively affect change in the African-American community. And he wasn’t able to articulate that answer.”
Sellers also observed that Sanders’ 2020 bid “was a home for people who had a problem with Hillary Clinton,” but that this time around, “there are other people in this quote, unquote, ‘progressive lane,’ and I think that Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto, Biden and Sherrod Brown and a few others are really out there running magnificent campaigns.”
In 2016, the emphasis on Sanders’ early-60s activism earned him a bit of shade from civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who said of Sanders “I never saw him. I never met him.” It also prompted the start of a derisive “#BernieSoBlack” hashtag, which has been resurrected this time around as well.
Adopted from mediaite.com
Bakari Sellers Kamala Harris
Bakari Sellers announced Monday he is backing U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential race, giving the California Democrat one of the most prominent endorsements yet in the critical early primary state of South Carolina. Sellers said the Palmetto State “deserves a leader that is attuned to the needs of all communities, particularly rural communities like my hometown of Denmark.”
He praised Harris for proposing a federal teacher pay increase, focusing on problems like rising maternal mortality rates and contaminated water, and supporting historically black colleges and universities.
“These issues hit home for me, and Kamala has repeatedly offered clear solutions for each one, proving there is no problem or person too small to be heard,” Sellers said. “Kamala has dedicated her life to fighting for everyday Americans, and I believe she will do the same for working-class families in South Carolina.”
Harris is set to return to South Carolina this weekend for her fourth visit to the state as a presidential candidate, with events scheduled at Winthrop University on Friday night and in Holly Hill and Orangeburg on Saturday afternoon. Sellers will stump with Harris at South Carolina State University, her campaign said.
Harris said she was proud to earn support from Sellers, who has experience running statewide as the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee in 2014 and is preparing to run for office again after the eventual retirement of longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.
“As a leader, activist, and elected official in South Carolina, he has fought for years to make progress from the grassroots to the state house,” Harris said of Sellers in a statement. “As I campaign in every corner of this state, I will continue to speak to the concerns of students, teachers, seniors and working families.”
Sellers’ endorsement adds to a slate of S.C. backers that Harris picked up last month, including three current state lawmakers, the Berkeley County Democratic Party chairwoman and a former gubernatorial candidate. Only a select few other candidates in the crowded Democratic primary field have drawn endorsements from South Carolina in the early months of the race.
State Rep. John King, D-Rock Hill, is backing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. State Rep. Terry Alexander, D-Florence, re-upped his 2016 endorsement for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. And most recently, state Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, D-North Charleston, announced this past weekend that he is endorsing former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke during a campaign stop in Ladson.
Adopted from postandcourier.com
Bakari Sellers Documentary
“While I Breathe, I Hope,” a documentary feature film about South Carolina politician and CNN commentator Bakari Sellers, will premiere on South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) at 6 p.m. on April 7. Immediately following the film, Beryl Dakers of “Palmetto Scene” will sit down with filmmaker Emily Harrold to discuss the making of the documentary.
Directed by Orangeburg, S.C. native Emily Harrold and titled after the South Carolina state motto, “While I Breathe, I Hope” explores the history and legacy of racism in American politics through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers. The film follows Sellers on his 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor, a position that hasn’t been held by an African American since the 1870s. The film also traces Sellers through the Charleston Massacre and removal of the Confederate flag.
This airing of “While I Breathe, I Hope” follows a film festival and college tour of the documentary that has included the New Orleans Film Festival, where the film won an audience award; DOC NYC; the Cleveland Film Festival; and, most recently, South Carolina’s Indie Grits Film Festival, where the film won the People’s Grit award.
In addition to the airing of “While I Breathe, I Hope,” on April 4, father and son duo Dr. Cleveland Sellers, Jr. and Bakari Sellers will join Beryl Dakers at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV’s “Palmetto Scene” to discuss the past, present and future of race relations in our state and country.
“‘While I Breathe, I Hope’ encapsulates so much. I think one of the things my father’s generation and my father taught me, specifically, is you always have to maintain some semblance of hope even when it’s at its darkest hour. A lot of time, us black folk, it’s all we have. We have our faith, and we have our hope.” -South Carolina politician and CNN commentator Bakari Sellers
“I am so excited that “While I Breathe, I Hope” will air on ETV. I’m really thrilled to have as many South Carolinians as possible see this important story from our state.” -“While I Breathe, I Hope” Director Emily Harrold
FIVE FAST FACTS:
♣ “While I Breathe, I Hope” will premiere on SCETV at 6 p.m. on April 7.
♣ The film explores the history and legacy of racism in American politics through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers.
♣ Immediately following the film, Beryl Dakers will sit down with filmmaker Emily Harrold to discuss the making of the documentary.
♣ On April 4, father and son duo Dr. Cleveland Sellers, Jr. and Bakari Sellers will join Beryl Dakers at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV’s “Palmetto Scene” to discuss the past, present and future of race relations in our state and country.
♣ The film recently won awards at both the New Orleans Film Festival and South Carolina’s own Indie Grits Film Festival.
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CNN panel mocks rap star over Trump support: ‘Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read’
Updated on: 10 October 2018
Rap star and Trump supporter Kanye West was the object of several racial attacks in a CNN segment Tuesday night, in which he was accused of being an illiterate token whom black people don’t want to be black.
In the segment presided over by a chuckling Don Lemon, CNN commentators Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer repeatedly attacked Mr. West, who will meet President Trump at the White House on Thursday, in terms immediately called out as racist — albeit not on CNN.
“Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read,” Mr. Sellers said.
Added Ms. Setmayer: “He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token Negro of the Trump administration?”
She also called Mr. West “an attention whore, like the president.”
“Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft,” she added, prompting more laughs and causing Scott Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and the panel’s sole white face, to say that he got that this was a Dave Chappelle reference (he hadn’t known the earlier “Negroes don’t read” line was a paraphrased quote from Chris Rock).
Ms. Setmayer also attributed Mr. West’s willingness to work with Mr. Trump a sign of mental illness.
“Nobody should be taking Kanye West seriously. He clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized,” she said.
Mr. Lemon had started the ball rolling by asking rhetorically whether Mr. Sellers thought the president was “just using Kanye as a prop to win over black voters.”
Benny Johnson of the Daily Caller tweeted out a video of the segment and asked “How can any honest person not call this CNN segment racist?”
Black conservative commentator Candace Owens would fit that definition of an honest person.
“I want you guys to imagine if those words were EVER uttered on @FoxNews. CNN has finally committed to going full blown RACIST.”
Adopted from: www.washingtontimes.com