Yvonne Bynoe is widely regarded as a leading figure among a new generation of public intellectuals. She currently provides political and cultural commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, News & Notes with Ed Gordon.
Bynoe’s straightforward analysis has garnered her praise from academics and average citizens. Acclaimed scholar, Manning Marable has called Bynoe "one of Hip Hop Culture’s most insightful observers".
Bynoe is a co-founder and the former president of the Urban Think Tank Institute (2000-2004), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and engaging young adults about the issues that affect them as a means to facilitate new political leadership. As a law student, Bynoe published Full Disclosure: The Business of Hip Hop, a free newsletter that provided business and legal information to aspiring rap artists and entrepreneurs.
She has written and lectured extensively on politics, culture and economics and how those topics are often framed by popular culture. Bynoe is the author of two books, The Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture (Greenwood Press) that chronicles the history of the genre and Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture (Softskull Press).
Bynoe’s writings have also appeared in several anthologies including; Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century, ed. Herb Boyd, Rhythm & Business: The Political Economy of Black Music, ed. Norman Kelley and America Now!: Short Reading from Recent Periodicals, ed. Robert Antwan.
At the core of Bynoe’s work is the concept that people can be empowered, through education and information, to improve their circumstances. Bynoe’s essays have been included in curricula across the nation. She is also a frequent speaker at colleges and universities as well as at professional association conferences throughout the country.
At the 2005 National Association of Black Journalists conference, Bynoe was interviewed Republican National Committee Chairman, Ken Mehlman and Democratic National Committee Chairman, Howard Dean with fellow panelists, Suzanne Malveaux, CNN White House correspondent, and Marcus Mabry, Chief of Correspondents, Newsweek magazine. This important discussion was moderated by Farai Chideya.
In 2005 she created the Stand & Deliver: Agent of Change grant to support the work of college and community activists. For her activism, in 2003 The Network Journal magazine named her one of ten "New Yorkers Who Makes a Difference."