Shydel James is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor whose work has been featured in VIBE, EBONY, King, Uptown, Upscale and JET magazine. In addition to having written for Blackenterprise.com, Essence.com and Thedailymeal.com, the New Jersey native also has an article published in JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies.

Shydel holds a BA in theatre from SUNY Empire State College and is a graduate of the Film and Television Performance Program at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Some questionable roles in several low-budget little-known (or seen) films and obscure Off-Off Broadway plays were enough to earn him Screen Actors Guild  and Actors' Equity Association memberships.

Shydel is currently working on his first novel.