The Mask of Doom
A profile of MF Doom.
A profile of MF Doom.
I say, Where’s Breonna, why won’t anybody say where Breonna is? He says, Well, ma’am, she’s still in the apartment. And I know what that means.
“Peril is generational for black people in America—and incarceration is our current mechanism for ensuring that the peril continues.”
“Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”
How Black America talks to the White House.
What Kanye West really wants.
“The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.”
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next.
“Things don’t just flow out of your brain. It’s not like, Hey, I’m brilliant. Show up, paper right here, bam, another banger. No—you sit and you struggle with yourself and you stop cutting your hair. I’m not cutting my hair right now. You stop shaving, like I’m not shaving right now. You remember that you can fail. I’ve failed several times. The fact that everybody else don’t see that don’t give me the right to not see it.”
“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”
On learning a new language, a new culture, and why “it must never be concluded that an urge toward the cosmopolitan, toward true education, will make people stop hitting you.”
“We are invited to listen, but never to truly join the narrative, for to speak as the slave would, to say that we are as happy for the Civil War as most Americans are for the Revolutionary War, is to rupture the narrative.”
From last week: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Longform Podcast.
An essay on African-American fatherhood.
The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.
As surely as 2008 was made possible by black people’s long fight to be publicly American, it was also made possible by those same Americans’ long fight to be publicly black. That latter fight belongs especially to one man, as does the sight of a first family bearing an African name. Barack Obama is the president. But it’s Malcolm X’s America.
The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism.