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Zachary Schwartz

Zachary Schwartz

Zachary Schwartz cartoon from a Vice article.

Zachary Schwartz cartoon from a Vice article.

Zachary Emmanuel Schwartz is a writer for VICE [26], Playboy, [12] Rolling Stone, and other magazines. He is a primary Contributor to Countere Magazine. He first gained recognition for his writing on Thought Catalog [6] as well as being one of Rap Genius' most popular bloggers ever. He helped co-found the viral hip-hop app Rapchat and co-founder of LEAP, the nation's first-ever high school

entrepreneurial accelerator program.

[9] In 2014, Zach had a well-publicized internship at Rap Genius that was covered by Bloomberg Businessweek [14] and Gawker.[14]

Early Life

Zach was born and raised in various neighborhoods throughout Cleveland, Ohio. [22] Growing up h is father was a Legal Aid attorney and his mother a judicial assistant. He is of Taiwanese, Aborigine and Jewish descent. [21]

He was raised in the Jewish tradition, and in sixth grade, he won the National Bible Contest, which is similar to the Spelling Bee for Jewish people. [21]

High School

Zachary Schwartz wearing Virtual reality goggles.

Zachary Schwartz wearing Virtual reality goggles.

Schwartz has revealed that he went to the same high school as Kid Cudi. He has recalled his experience in high school as self-segregating and began to view his school's social setting through a race filter. [21]

While in high school, he worked tirelessly to get into an Ivy League school and in junior year he made his choice of applying for a good school. In the end, he was accepted into Columbia University. [27]


While at Columbia University, Schwartz began to find an outlet through journalistic projects that would allow him to express his opinions about college life as an Asian American student.

Schwartz graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Visual Arts in 2017.


While in College, and thereafter, Schwartz has been active as a writer for various publications as a freelancer.

Some of the publications he has written for include: New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Playboy, Vice (magazine), and his writing has been covered by BBC News ,The Huffington Post*,* and the Columbia Journalism Review.* [6] [5] His fiction has been published by New York Tyrant. [2]

Schwartz frequently writes articles on topics concerning identity, sexuality, subcultural realms, and Hip hop. [28] [29]

Schwartz also makes hip-hop music.[41] He has collaborated with Detroit producer Michael Chavarria and 2 Live Crew Founder Fresh Kid Ice.


Zach walking with John McAfee while reporting a story.

Zach walking with John McAfee while reporting a story.

Through his writing projects, Zach has been able to associate with famous people in the Music industry, Tech, and world politics. He has played chess with some members of the Wu-Tang Clan; he's had a steak dinner with G-Unit; he did ayahausca in Mexico and interviewed Deepak Chopra about his experience; associated with notorious software developer John McAfee; interviewed Putin advisor Aleksandr Dugin;[42] he has also written about the Asian men / Black women dating scene. [8] He has also done an AMA on Reddit. [16]


Citation Linkeveripedia.comZach on Genius, where he was an all-star intern
Jun 26, 2015, 5:39 PM
Citation Linkmagazine.nytyrant.comZach at a Cleveland Gucci Mane show (Gucci Maneis his favorite rapper)
Jun 26, 2015, 5:40 PM
Citation Linkvice.comZach's article on the wackness of the Ivy League - which he has experienced FIRSTHAND at Columbia University - went super-viral and created an internet maelstrom #swag
May 29, 2015, 9:21 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comZach Schwartz's Primary Facebook page.
May 29, 2015, 9:20 PM
Citation Linkvice.comZach's articles on VICE.
Jun 30, 2016, 9:06 AM
Citation Linkthoughtcatalog.comZach's articles on Thought Catalog - he wrote there from 2013-2015.
Jun 30, 2016, 9:07 AM
Citation Linktwitter.comZach on Twitter
Jun 16, 2015, 12:40 AM
Citation Linkhuffingtonpost.comAn article the Huffington Post published discussing one of Zach's articles, "Inside the Asian Men and Black Women Dating Scene."
Jun 30, 2016, 9:10 AM
Citation Linklighthouseohio.comOhio Senator Sherrod Brown name-dropping Zach in a speech recognizing his work on the nation's first high-school accelerator, LEAP.
Feb 24, 2016, 5:43 PM
Citation Linkcampus.about.meAbout.me's "CAMPUS" Magazine volume 2 - Zach was their cover model!
Nov 6, 2015, 6:02 PM
Citation Linkplayboy.comZach's articles on Playboy.
Jan 21, 2016, 8:52 PM
Citation Linkhootmag.orgAn interview with Zach on his fashion and personal style in "Hoot Magazine," Columbia University's fashion magazine.
Jan 21, 2016, 8:52 PM
Citation Linkbloomberg.comIn 2014, Zach interned with Mahbod Moghadam, the founder of Everipedia and Genius...Bloomberg Businessweek criticized the internship while others came to his defense.
Feb 24, 2016, 5:42 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia.orgEditor page on Everipedia
Sep 19, 2017, 1:32 AM
Citation Linkreddit.comZach's AMA on the r/HAPA subforum of Reddit.
Jun 30, 2016, 9:16 AM
Citation Linkzachtwotimes.blogspot.comThe blog of Zachary Schwartz.
Oct 1, 2018, 11:14 PM
Citation Linkinstagram.comThe Instagramaccount of Zachary Schwartz.
Oct 1, 2018, 11:15 PM
Citation Linksoundcloud.comThe SoundCloudof Zachary Schwartz.
Oct 1, 2018, 11:15 PM
Citation Linkcampus.about.meThe interview with Zachary Schwartz.
Oct 1, 2018, 11:15 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comThe Facebookpage of Zachary Schwartz.
Oct 1, 2018, 11:20 PM