Ta-Nehisi Coates delves into the conflicted and hopeful state of black America today. What does "black culture" mean? What is the continuing role of both the older and younger generations in shaping it? Where will gentrification, education, and the splintering (or unifying) of families take it? With an easy-going manner, an unashamedly erudite approach, and a journalist's grasp of narrative and clarity, Coates delivers an ear-to-the-ground (and Eyes on the Prize) talk that asks the small personal questions as well as the big historic ones.Presented on January 21, 2015 by the Institute for Research on Women & Gender and the Women’s Studies Department, with cosponsorship from the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs, the biennial Motorola Lecture features an outstanding journalist who routinely addresses issues concerning gender in his or her reporting.Photo credit: Sean Carter PhotographyDetails: http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/2015/deeper-black-race-america

A black hero for guilty whites

In his new book, Between the World and Me, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates shares his thoughts and experiences about being black in America today. To say Coates has been highly praised is an understatement. Reading his work is ‘essential , like water or air’, according to one New York Times journalist. Hardly a well-known name a year or two ago, Coates now wins the title of America’s ‘foremost public intellectual’, says the Washington Post, and ‘it isn’t close’.

Not content with expressing over-the-top acclaim, Coates’ fans have also sought to crush any hint of criticism.

  • Minicapt

    Tiny-Hissy Coates is only marginally literate, but well suited to follow in the steps of Professor Doctor Cornel West and the immortal W.E.B. DuBois, along with other black luminaries such as Professor Doctor Michael Eric Dyson, Professor Doctor Melissa Harris-Perry and Professor Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    Bearing the name of a black Pharaonic Prince of ancient Egypt is a heavy load of racial responsibility, but Tiny-Hissy is ready.


  • Brett_McS

    Clean, articulate … and not too dark. He has it all.

    • Heh;)

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  • lgeubank

    Illiterate whitey-bashing from Tee-Heesie Coates — nothing new there. He’s just the latest black moron whom the media elites love and who puts out the clever message, “Black black blackity-black black black.” Deep thoughts.

  • Edubeat

    Is he another girlyman? It wouldn’t surprise anyone with the name Ta-Ne_hisssyfit

  • bob e

    he has taken the place of the phony black poet maya angel-loo
    one of the most incredible frauds in american letters ..

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    If white people want to take their marching orders from black people then they should move to south Africa or Rhodesia.
    And good luck to them.