Angela Rye

Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation’s capital. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst.

She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. Rye is a prominent strategist who has offered on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, NBC, HBO, ABC, MSNBC and TV One.

Rye served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, Rye was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus. Prior to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. Upon moving to the Nation’s Capital, Rye co-founded IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement.


Friday 05:10 PM Community & Culture

A candid discussion curated by Mary J Blige. Featuring: Mary J Blige, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Queen Latifah, Remy Ma, and Alencia Johnson (Planned Parenthood) about staying true to your passion & purpose. Moderated by Angela Rye.

Saturday 11:10 AM Community & Culture

CNN political commentator Angela Rye and Congresswoman Maxine Waters lead an important discussion about the crucial role Black women have played, and will continue to play, in changing the political landscape as we approach the upcoming mid-term elections.Don’t miss this important, ESSENCE Festival-curated moment between two cultural and political powerhouses, both of whom are continuing to make their mark on American politics.

Sunday 02:00 PM Entertainment

Experience a live podcast taping by watching as Touré tapes a podcast with Angela Rye Live from Center Stage 2018 #EssenceFest!