Tag: Ta-nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joined Oprah in Conversation at the Apollo—and We Were There

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Oprah Winfrey at the World Famous Apollo Theater on the occasion of the launch of Coates’s first novel, The Water Dancer, Sept. 23, 2019. Photo: Shahar Azran Photography It was an amazingly candid conversation, punctuated with lots of laughter, black-ass intonations, and responses from the crowd. “I love a talking back audience,” […]

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past

Eight years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an essay in The Atlantic asking why so few black people studied the Civil War. Coates noted that he himself had only recently become an avid reader of Civil War history, and along with it, a student of the larger system that propelled it into motion: slavery. The reason for […]

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Paying Tribute to a ‘National Treasure’: How We Remember Toni Morrison

Photo: Francois Durand (Getty Images) “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens—that letting go—you let […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Announces The Water Dancer Book Tour

Photo: Andy Kropa (Invision/AP) After attempting to deliver us all from evil with the beautifully written Between the World and Me, and his essay collection, We Were Eight Years in Power, award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates—who arguably may be the greatest essayist of our time—is veering into fiction to anoint us all with his debut novel, […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Named Apollo Theater’s Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

Photo: Anna Webber (Getty Images for The New Yorker) On Monday, the Apollo Theater announced that Ta-Nehisi Coates—the critically acclaimed writer who recently presented his case for reparations during a riveting Congressional testimony—has been named its inaugural Artist-in-Residence. According to a statement provided to The Root, Coates will kick off his residency on Sept. 23 […]

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Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle

On the eve of Juneteenth, Joe Biden made the perplexing decision to praise two long-dead segregationist senators for their civility. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” he told a room of donors at a New York fundraiser, referring to the racist Mississippi Dixiecrat. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing about H.R. 40, a proposal from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that would authorize a national apology and study reparations for slavery and racial discrimination against black people in America. Among those […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Finally Discuss Reparations During House Hearing on Juneteenth

Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images for UrbanDaddy) Anyone else tired of waiting for their 40 acres and a mule? While Holocaust victims, survivors of Japanese internment and other victims of genocide or injustice have been compensated for the unspeakable horrors they endured, America built a multi-billion dollar economy by brutalizing our ancestors and somehow refuses […]

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