Fordham University alum and Washington, D.C. area native Rico Washington has successfully utilized his talents as a storyteller across various platforms. As a journalist, he has served as a staff writer for XLR8R Magazine as well as music editor for Brooklyn-based Free Magazine.
In his feature stories, he has covered high profile industry events such as the Grammys and focused on highlighting cutting edge artists and celebrities such as Chris Rock, Erykah Badu, and Vin Diesel. His work has appeared in outlets such as Wax Poetics, Okayplayer, and Ebony.com.
He has also earned his stripes within both the independent and major label music industries at companies such as BMG Distribution, Verity Records (now known as RCA Inspiration), Giant Step, and at the legendary Arista Records' A&R department under the presidency of esteemed industry mogul L.A. Reid.
He has composed over 30 album liner note essays for CD reissues in the UK of classic albums by legendary soul music icons such as Bill Withers and the late Natalie Cole. He has also written bios for major label recording artists, professional athletes, as well as Grammy winning/ nominated songwriters and producers.
As an artist, his projects – such as We The People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Pictures + Words and Finding Dante with photographer Shino Yanagawa – have been exhibited internationally and praised by the likes of lauded scholar/ documentarian Dr. Henry Louis Gates and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We The People was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been honored with grants from organizations such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and NOCD-NY's Cultural Transformation initiative.
The projects have garnered the attention of media outlets such as NPR, NY1, CBS, Metro NY, and the New York Daily News. His knack for creating thought provoking, socio-politically charged art has afforded him opportunities such as guest lecturing and presenting at institutions such as New York University, The New School, the Rockefeller Foundation as well as an artist residency at San Francisco-based start-up Social Print Studio. He is an alumnus of fellowships with Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution and the Thread storyteller program at Yale University.
He lives and works between New York City and Berlin, where he is pursuing a graduate degree at Freie University.