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New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "...

Snoop Dogg Rights a Wrong After 'Talk With My Momma'

Rapper apologizes for 'derogatory' attack on Gayle King

(Newser) - The Dogg bit too hard. Snoop Dogg publicly apologized to Gayle King on Wednesday after attacking her for asking about the Kobe Bryant rape case. After "a talk with my momma," the rapper realized he'd been "raised way better" than to respond in a "derogatory...

2 Big Names Heading to Capitol to Talk Reparations

Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates will testify at House Judiciary subcommittee hearing

(Newser) - The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing's stated purpose: "to examine, through open and constructive discourse,...

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kanye's Ignorance Is 'Deep' and 'Dangerous'

Essayist calls out artist for comments on slavery

(Newser) - Add Ta-Nehisi Coates to those criticizing Kanye West over his assertion that slavery was a "choice," along with West's previous statements about race in the US. The African-American essayist is out with a long, critical piece in the Atlantic , in which he writes that "West's...

Kelly Was 'Stupid' About the Civil War. You Don't Have to Be

Ta-Nehisi Coates recommends 5 books to make you 'unstupid'

(Newser) - John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, said Monday that "the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War." It was, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic , "an incredibly stupid thing to say" and "built on a long tradition of endorsing...

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in...

Ta-Nehisi Coates Reflects on Obama's Place in History

Atlantic writer says he's one of our greatest presidents

(Newser) - In the new Atlantic cover story, one of the nation's most prominent black voices provides a lengthy assessment of the nation's first black president. The 17,000-word piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates makes clear that Coates considers Obama a man worthy of high esteem. After noting that Obama's...

Coates: We Need to Talk About Sanders' Opposition to Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates says the position makes no sense

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders claims to be the candidate of change, yet he's against reparations for slavery. When asked about it last week, Sanders explained that it's a "very divisive" issue and "its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil." In the Atlantic , Ta-Nehisi Coates—a big...

Ta-Nehisi Coates Snags National Book Award

He dedicated award to friend killed by police officer

(Newser) - Ta-Nehisi Coates can now add a National Book Award to his growing list of accomplishments: The journalist, who was recently given a MacArthur genius grant , has won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me , his look at race and policing in America, written as a...

Meet This Year's MacArthur 'Geniuses'

Ta-Nehisi Coates of the 'Atlantic' among the winners of foundation's $500K grants

(Newser) - Two dozen people just earned their genius papers and a cool $500,000 each. The MacArthur Foundation has announced its annual "genius" grants, awarded to honorees in a variety of fields, including music, photography, and the sciences, NPR reports. The winners will each receive their cash prizes over five...

First Black Superhero Gets Fancy New Writer

Ta-Nehisi Coates announced as new Black Panther writer

(Newser) - Fresh off a nomination for the National Book Award, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is going where an increasing number of very successful people are finding themselves: the Marvel Universe. Starting this spring, Coates will be writing for Marvel's Black Panther, the first black superhero, the New York Times reports....

David Brooks: Get Over the Sins of the Past, Ta-Nehisi

Calls Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'rejection of American dream' in new book 'disturbing'

(Newser) - Everyone is talking about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book , Between the World and Me, including New York Times columnist David Brooks. In an op-ed published today, written letter-style to Coates in the same way Coates addressed his book to his 14-year-old son, Brooks acknowledges that "the last year has been...

In Bleak Look at Race, Coates Faces 'Hard Truths'

Coates' new book offers unsentimental take on destruction of 'black body'

(Newser) - Don't expect a sugarcoated perspective on race in America if you pick up Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book. Due out tomorrow, the senior editor for the Atlantic pens Between the World and Me as a letter to his 14-year-old son, and it's a bleak but honest take that Benjamin...

Zimmerman Verdict Was Outrageous—and Correct
Zimmerman Verdict Was Outrageous—and Correct

Zimmerman Verdict Was Outrageous—and Correct

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Sadly, our system worked 'as intended'

(Newser) - There are two unavoidable truths about the George Zimmerman trial: First, based on the state's laws and the prosecutors' case, Zimmerman should not have been convicted of anything. And second, "the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice," writes Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic . Florida's...

Enough With the Racism of 'Good People'
 Enough With the Racism
of 'Good People'

Enough With the Racism of 'Good People'

Ta-Nehisi Coates is tired of forgiving them

(Newser) - An employee in a New York City deli accused a black man of shoplifting last month and frisked him on the spot, an event made remarkable only because the falsely accused happened to be Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. It's a great deli, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in the New York ...

McDonnell Apology 'Incredibly Important Step'

Ta-Nehisi Coates isn't joining in on the criticism

(Newser) - Ta-Nehisi Coates doesn’t want to fight with conservatives over race all the time. “I want so bad to take up skiing,” he writes, “to drive across Montana and think of nothing of being the only black person for miles.” That’s why he’s giving...

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