I wrote a piece about the surreality of police violence existing as a constant for black Americans. In addition to bringing this reality back into the public eye the tragic case of Rachel Jeantel and Trayvon Martin expressed in real life the war of words that Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee and other graffitti writers were trying to rage about in their art. The Los Angeles Review of Books, print quarterly, October, 2013.
I wrote a piece about Dave Chappelle for The Believer.
Also discussed in the essay: Ohio’s Rolling Farmland, Hippies in Tie-Dye, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Kanye West, Oprah, A Simpler Way of Life, Seventy-Year-Old Comparative Literature Professors in Birkenstocks, Negritude,Thurgood Marshall, Black Activism, Patrice Lumumba, Stepin Fetchit, Richard Pryor, Dick Gregory, Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, Hemp Stores, Reuben Sandwiches, Dusk in Yellow Spring.
The Believer Magazine, October 2013
Here is a collection of quotes sent into OkayAfrica as a wonderful tribute to Chinua Achebe. They received some really beautiful words from Junot Díaz,Femi Kuti, & Warsan Shire. I’m very honored to be included in this. Achebe was a titan.
NPR said my essay about Kendrick Lamar should be your weekend read.
I was asked to review Emily Raboteau’s Searching for Zion. Bookforum, February, 2013
I wrote about Kendrick Lamar and the 21st century blues of lower income, black America. The Los Angeles Review of Books, January 2013
I wrote my first profile two years ago. In high school I used to read this series and dream. This year I was selected to be included in it. Staggered, humbled and grateful.
An excerpt from Every Single Man I Ever Loved, my book. Transition Magazine, October 2012