“Sylvester Brown is one of the most brilliant scribes writing today. His mindset and articulation of the issues we need to confront is precisely what’s needed today. Furthermore, Brown has the courage and the eloquence to articulate viewpoints that are not usually circulated in bourgeois, mainstream American media." 

- Academic, author, ordained minister, Eric Michael Dyson / Sept. 2006


Sylvester is a former award-winning columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Prior to that, he published Take Five Magazine for 15 years. After leaving the Post-Dispatch in 2009, Sylvester worked as a consultant and researcher for SmileyBooks, owned by public radio and TV commentator Tavis Smiley on several books including, Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, by Tom Burrell, “Too Important to Fail” by Smiley and “The Rich & the Rest of ​Us,” written by Smiley and Dr. Cornel West. Sylvester founded the Sweet Potato project in 2012, a program that taught urban youth entrepreneurism through agriculture. 

In 2019, Sylvester self-published his own book “When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth.” Sylvester was awarded the 2020 Deaconess Foundation Fellowship to chronicle the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of Black St. Louisans for the St. Louis American newspaper. His latest book, "White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray," a collection of his short stories and commentaries was published in January or 2021.

White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop by Sylvester Brown, Jr.

"When We Listen" Pre-release Promo Video