Ta-Nehisi Coates Wiki
Ta-Nehisi Coates (Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates) is an American author, journalist and comic book writer. He gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy.
He has worked for Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, and Time. He has also contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Monthly, O, and other publications.
In 2008, Coates published a memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His second book, Between the World and Me, was released in July 2015. The book won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and was a nominee for the Phi Beta Kappa 2016 Book Awards.
In 2015, Coates was the recipient of a “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Coates is the writer of a Black Panther series for Marvel Comics drawn by Brian Stelfreeze.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Education
Coates attended a number of Baltimore-area schools, including Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and William H. Lemmel Middle School, before graduating from Woodlawn High School.
After high school, he attended Howard University. He left after five years to start a career in journalism. Coates is the only child in his family without a college degree. In mid-2014, he attended an intensive program in French at Middlebury College to prepare for a writing fellowship in Paris, France.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Age
He was born on September 30, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He is 43 years old as of 2018.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Family
Coates is the son of William Paul “Paul” Coates and Cheryl Lynn (Waters). His father was a Vietnam War veteran, former Black Panther, publisher and librarian, while his mother was a teacher.
His father founded and ran Black Classic Press, a publisher specializing in African-American titles. The Press grew out of a grassroots organization, the George Jackson Prison Movement (GJPM). Initially the George Jackson Prison Movement operated a Black book store called the Black Book. Later Black Classic Press was established with a table-top printing press in the basement of the Coates family home.
His father had seven children, five boys and two girls, by four women. Coates’ father’s first wife had three children, Coates’ mother had two boys, and the other two women each had a child.
The children were raised together in a close-knit family; most lived with their mothers and at times they lived with their father. Coates said he lived with his father the whole time.
Coates said that in his family the important overarching focus was on rearing children with values based on family, respect for elders and being a contribution to your community. This was a common approach to family in the community where he grew up.
His interest in books was instilled at an early age when his mother, in response to bad behavior, would require him to write essays. His father’s work with the Black Classic Press was a huge influence: Coates has said he read many of the books his father published.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Wife
Ta-Nehisi Coates is married to Kenyatta Matthews and together they have a son named Samori Maceo-Paul Coates. The two met when they were both students at Howard University and got married in 2011.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Son
Coates’ son Samori Maceo-Paul Coates is named after Samori Ture, a Mandé chief who fought French colonialism, after black Cuban revolutionary Antonio Maceo Grajales, and after Coates’ father.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Net Worth
Coates’ net worth and salary has not yet been revealed to the public. His book “Between World and Me” sold 1.5 Million copies worldwide earning estimated $30 Million.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther
Coates is the writer of a Black Panther a comic book series drawn by Brian Stelfreeze and published by Marvel Comics. Issue #1 went on sale April 6, 2016, and sold an estimated 253,259 physical copies, the best-selling comic for the month of April 2016.
Coates also wrote a spinoff of Black Panther titled Black Panther and the Crew which ran for six issues before it was canceled.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me Summary
Between the World and Me is Coates’ second book published in July 2015. The title of the book is drawn from a Richard Wright poem of the same name about a Black man discovering the site of a lynching and becoming incapacitated with fear, creating a barrier between himself and the world.
Ta Nehisi Coates said that one of the origins of the book was the death of a college friend, Prince Carmen Jones Jr., who was shot by police in a case of mistaken identity. One of the themes of the book was what physically affected African-American lives, e.g. violence that came from slavery, their bodies being enslaved, and various forms of institutional racism.
In a review for Politico magazine, conservative pundit Rich Lowry stated that while the book is lyrical and powerfully written, “For all his subtle plumbing of his own thoughts and feelings and his occasional invocations of the importance of the individuality of the person, Coates has to reduce people to categories and actors in a pantomime of racial plunder to support his worldview.”
In a review for Slate, Jack Hamilton wrote that the book “is a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism”.
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The Beautiful Struggle Ta Nehisi Coates
In 2008, Ta Nehisi Coates published The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about coming of age in West Baltimore and its effect on him. In the book, Coates discusses the influence of his father, a former Black Panther; the prevailing street crime of the era and its effects on his older brother; his own troubled experience attending Baltimore-area schools; and his eventual graduation and enrollment in Howard University.
The lack of interpersonal skills and the complexity of his father figure in the book sheds light on a world of absentee fathers. As Rich Benjamin states in a September 2016 article in The Guardian, “Fatherhood is a vexed topic, particularly so for an author such as Coates” and continues with “The Beautiful Struggle makes an enduring genre cliche – the father-son relationship – unexpected and new, as well as offering a vital insight into Coates’s coming of age as a man and thinker.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates Books
- Asphalt Sketches. Baltimore, Maryland: Sundiata Publications, 1990.
- The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
- Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.
- We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. One World, October 3, 2017.
- Black Panther (#1–) (2016–)
- A Nation Under Our Feet (collects issues #1–12)
- A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
- A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2
- A Nation Under Our Feet Book 3
- Avengers of the New World
- Avengers of the New World Book 1
- Avengers of the New World Book 2
- A Nation Under Our Feet (collects issues #1–12)
- Black Panther: World of Wakanda (#1–6) (2016)
- Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels
- Black Panther and the Crew (#1–6) (2017) (with Yona Harvey)
- Vol. 1: We Are the Streets
- Black Panther (#1-) (2018–)
- Captain America (#1-) (2018–)
Ta Nehisi Coates Articles
- “Promises of an Unwed Father”. O: the Oprah Magazine. January 2006.
- “American Girl”. The Atlantic. January/February 2009. Profile on Michelle Obama.
- “A Deeper Black”. Early, Gerald Lyn, and Randall Kennedy. Best African American Essays, 2010. New York: One World, Ballantine Books, 2010.
- “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?” The Atlantic. The Civil War Issue. February 2012.
- “Fear of a Black President”. Bennet, James. The Best American Magazine Writing 2013. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
- “How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination: Pardon my French”. The Atlantic. Vol. 311, Issue 5. June 2013.
- “The Case for Reparations”. The Atlantic. June 2014.
- “There Is No Post-Racial America”. The Atlantic. July/August 2015.
- “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”. The Atlantic. October 2015.
- “My President Was Black”. The Atlantic. December 2016.
- “The First White President”. The Atlantic. October 2017.
- “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye”. The Atlantic. May 2018.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Awards
- 2012: Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism
- 2013: National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for “Fear of a Black President”
- 2014: George Polk Award for Commentary for “The Case for Reparations”
- 2015: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice for “The Case for Reparations”
- 2015: American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
- 2015: National Book Award for Nonfiction for Between the World and Me
- 2015: Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- 2015: Kirkus prize for nonfiction for Between the World and Me
- 2018: Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction for We Were Eight Years in Power
- 2018: Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, for Black Panther: World of Wakanda (with Roxane Gay and Alitha E. Martinez)
Ta Nehisi Coates Quotes
- I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.
- I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.
- You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.
- One cannot, at once, claim to be superhuman and then plead mortal error. I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard.
- Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others.
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