Kiese Laymon

4 articles

Hey Mama

A son interviews his mother about language and love in the South.


D'Andre Brown's Basketball Dream

On not making the NBA.


The Worst of White Folks

On personal responsibility and privilege.


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance

This isn't an essay or simply a woe-is-we narrative about how hard it is to be a black boy in America. This is a lame attempt at remembering the contours of slow death and life in America for one black American teenager under Central Mississippi skies. I wish I could get my Yoda on right now and surmise all this shit into a clean sociopolitical pull-quote that shows supreme knowledge and absolute emotional transformation, but I don't want to lie.