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Ta Nehisi Coates

A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.

The Endless Struggle For Racial Equity - A 'Dream' Denied

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

If Yale had an inclusive culture, perhaps more than 1,000 students wouldn't have had to march this week against racial insensitivity. If Missouri had it, perhaps Butler would not have gone hungry; and Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin might still be employed. We have work to do.

#113 The Legacy of the Acorn

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

I often wished that when I was young someone had whispered into my ear, "You are a beautiful soul." But now I wish someone had whispered, "You matter,...

How Ta-Nehisi Coates Escaped: A Reading List

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts

  Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from fascinating people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or...

#LiterarySwag Movement Makes It Stylish To Read Books

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Style

Though he might not consider himself a street style photographer, Yahdon Israel has captured a compelling collection of images of folks rocking an acc...

Improving Schools for Every Student

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

More often than not in recent years, schools have had to go it alone in trying to meet the needs of our most underserved students. So it's encouraging to see a renewed emphasis on context, and on the kinds of solutions we've seen work in some of our neediest communities

The Definitive Book Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me

Kelley Calkins | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Kelley Calkins

Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.

Uncovering My White Privilege on Yom Kippur

Rachel Laser | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Rachel Laser

In the spirit of Yom Kippur, I would like to do some of my own reflective and repentant work about white privilege, a topic that can benefit from the courage and heightened clarity that Yom Kippur brings.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Of The Atlantic Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 09.29.2015 | Media

Atlantic contributor Ta-Nehisi Coates has been awarded a “Genius Grant” of $625,000 by the MacArthur Foundation, the organization announc...

A Turbulent Week On Campus Shows the Need for Real Dialogue On Race

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

This week, a 272-year-old-institution experienced some growing pains. On Monday, September 21, a student group at the University of Delaware hosted a controversial speaker. Students representing the Black Lives Matter movement peacefully protested the event.

The Spirituality in Prisons Is Toxic

Andy Watts | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Andy Watts

While authentic spirituality integrates the various elements of ordinary human life, the spirituality of prison disintegrates the human spirit. It does so first and foremost by denying everyday experiences and common human interaction to prisoners.

Ta-Nehisi Coates To Write New Black Panther Comic Book Series For Marvel

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices

Ta-Nehisi Coates will be writing a new Black Panther comic book series for Marvel, The New York Times announced Tuesday. Coates, 39, a ...

In Defense of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Greg Weiner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

The new excoriation of Daniel Patrick Moynihan is under way. The character of this one is different from the last.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is A Finalist For The National Book Awards

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates' blunt and impassioned letter to his son about racism and police violence, is a fina...

12 Essential Books About Race in America

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

The Atlantic | Whitney Snyder | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

After decades of mass incarceration that have left the United States with the largest incarcerated population in the world, politicians of all str...

Go Off, Nicki! But Is Miley the Right Target?

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

In that moment of Minaj speaking out, she was not only silencing Cyrus and a system that has far too often told her to bite her tongue, but also the media for constantly being on the white side -- as opposed to the right one, the equal one.

Question: Why Must We Still Talk About Race? Answer: Twelve.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Whites often insist that they are not racist. But they're not the point. Twelve is the point. The institution of slavery persisted for twelve generations of African Americans. How long do you think it should take to dismantle twelve generations of racial oppression?

The Charge to Be Fair: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Roxane Gay

It is a beautiful thing to have a feeling, a notion and then transform it into something tangible. It's like being in the X-Men.

White America: What Is Your Stake in #BlackLivesMatter?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Unless and until white Americans recognize that the very forces that plunder and kill black bodies are a product of forces that sustain white privilege in a way that will ultimately destroy the planet itself, racism will be kept at a distance -- a "problem" to be solved. And it never will be.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cormac McCarthy Walk Into a Bar

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
T. Elijah Hawkes

Well, not a bar -- a book group. (Though this book group has convened in bars.) My book group is unsure of what to read next. Perhaps we'll read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. There is debate about this, but since I'll be hosting, the final decision falls to me.

Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson, and the Importance of Seeing Our Students

Gregory Michie | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.

We Need Vision and Solutions: A Response to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Spencer Overton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Spencer Overton

Through deeply personal stories and reflections, Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book "Between the World and Me" provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people. The book's primary shortcoming is that it fails to offer any real vision or policy solutions.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?