Ta-Nehisi Coates

Contributing Editor and Blogger for The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates appears in the following:

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Origins of Mass Incarceration

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1965 report, "The Negro Family," was used to establish mass incarceration. But Ta-Nehisi Coates says the report could've been used to help black men.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' Letters to His Son

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates' new memoir reads as a series of letters to his son about growing up black and male in America.

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The Right - and Wrong - Way to Talk about Poverty

Friday, May 15, 2015

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says President Obama's 'fleeting references to past injustice will not do.'

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Confronting This Year's Uncomfortable Struggle with Race

Friday, December 19, 2014

From Michael Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in Staten Island, black and white America seemed very far apart in 2014. Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on the year and where we go from here.

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Cosby Coverage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about a 2008 magazine piece he wrote about Bill Cosby. 

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How to Create an Engaging Comments Section

Friday, May 31, 2013

Creating an interesting comment space can take a lot of time and energy. In an interview from December, 2011, Bob speaks to The Atlantic senior editor and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates about his approach to internet comments and his own heavily moderated comment section.


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Race and the Election

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the role race is playing in this year’s election. His latest article in the September issue of The Atlantic is called “Fear of a Black President.” We’ll look at how race is or is not playing a role in this year’s campaign

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Reporting Fatigue

Friday, March 23, 2012

Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates has also been covering the Trayvon Martin story since very early on. However, he tells Brooke that he hesitated for a couple weeks before he started writing about the story. Coates says he sees so many stories about young black men who are killed in questionable circumstances, and those stories are rarely covered by the media. 


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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trayvon Martin

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic, discusses the killing of a Florida teenager, and what it says about race, fear, and gun laws in America.

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Sen. Harry Reid Sets Off Race Discussion with 2008 Remarks

Monday, January 11, 2010

In "Game Change," a book about the 2008 presidential campaign being released today, the authors report that Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's

encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.

Reid's words have drawn a flurry of criticism from RNC Chairman Michael Steele and other politicians who compare the statement to Sen. Trent Lott's 2002 assertion that if the country had voted for segregationist Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond in 1948, "we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years." Here to help unpack coded racial statements and point out those sitting in plain view are Omar Wasow, contributor to The Root, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic, and author of “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.”

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The Cosby Show, 25 Years Later

Thursday, September 24, 2009

This week marks 25 years since "The Cosby Show" first hit the airwaves. The show documented the rich and often hilarious family life of the Huxtables, an upper-middle-class black family living in Brooklyn. The show starred Bill Cosby as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, an obstetrician, his wife Claire, an attorney played by Phylicia Rashad, and their four (and later, five) children and eventually, grandchildren. The show revolutionized television's portrayal of black families; our friend, Essence Magazine Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass, has been looking back at the television phenomenon and thinking about how it has aged. We also get a perspective from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who profiled Bill Cosby for The Atlantic last year.

"In terms of American television, there had never been images of African-Americans the way we saw with the Huxtables. You have to remember that "Amos & Andy" was the first vision that white folks had of African-Americans when it debuted in the 1950s, and the images shown on that show were so stereotypical that the NAACP had it removed in 1966. We had "Julia," with Diahann Carroll in the late '60s -- she never had a husband. Her husband was conveniently killed in Vietnam. We had "Sanford & Son," who was a garbageman who had no wife. We had the Evans family in "Good Times" who lived in a housing project where the father was killed three years into the run of the show. We had "Webster," who was this magical negro child who had no family, who was adopted by white parents. And we had the Willises on "Diff'rent Strokes," who were taken in by a white man on Park Avenue, almost like a pedophile ... [laughter] ... so when the Huxtables came on in 1984, no one gave it a shot at surviving. The sitcom had been declared dead; NBC had been declared dead ... It saved NBC and it saved the sitcom. "
--Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor at Essence magazine

"As much as I loved the Cosby Show, I think it always bore the burden -- and any show in that time -- of representing all black people, which I think was always just a little too heavy to carry."
--Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' take on the American dream

Friday, March 13, 2009

In Post-World War II America, when the American Dream was in full bloom, African-Americans were systematically written out of the narrative. Key programs of FDR’s New Deal consciously excluded African-Americans and reinforced patterns of racial segregation. Today as we see the dream dwindling, a new Pew study reports that African-Americans are the most optimistic group about their economic future. An upbeat vision that persists even though unemployment among African-Americans is at 13.4 percent; a rate that surpasses the nationwide average.

Joining The Takeaway to sort through the trajectory of the African-American experience in pursuit of the American dream is Ta- Nehisi Coates. Coates is a contributing editor and blogger for The Atlantic, he’s also the author of “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood”.


On Fatherhood

Friday, December 26, 2008

Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff writer, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributing editor to The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, talk about fatherhood in the age of Obama.


On Fatherhood

Monday, December 01, 2008

Adam Gopnik, New Yorker staff writer, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributing editor to The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, talk about fatherhood in the age of Obama.

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Obama and Jackson

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author of The Beautiful Struggle, and John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discuss Jesse Jackson's comments that Barack Obama talks down to black audiences.

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The Beautiful Struggle

Friday, June 13, 2008

What does it take for a father to raise black boys in 1980's West Baltimore? Just ask Ta-Nehisi Coates. His new book, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, details how his father raised him and his siblings under otherwise bleak ...

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