Essential writing and interviews from the voice behind one of Black Panther's most critical story arcs
Sydney Opera House
20 Jun 2018
As national correspondent for The Atlantic, former writer for Marvel’s Black Panther comics and essayist for the Washington Post, New York Times and Village Voice, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ words and musings have travelled far—from the politics of kneeling during an NFL anthem to the white supremacy of Kanye.
This year he’s here in Australia for ANTIDOTE, and we’ve put together a collection of some of his best interviews and prose for you to brush up on before the festival.
In a one-on-one conversation with The Intercept podcast’s Jeremy Scahill, Coates unpacks his theory of Trump and oppressive white power, the conservative streak in Obama’s policy making, and challenges to what extent an American president can actually enact change.
‘But I think [reparations is] this generation’s work. I mean if we get, by the end of my lifetime, for people to say, “Yeah, you know, we really screwed you all.” I mean that would be serious, serious progress.’
Becoming a father changed his life (and his writing)
After Kanye West’s explosive appearance on TMZ, Coates steps back to see what Kanye West means in the age of Trump, a mourning about the chasm the rapper has put between his new-found “white freedom” and his black roots. The piece is accompanied by a powerful illustration by Glenn Harvey.
‘It is often easier to choose the path of self-destruction when you don’t consider who you are taking along for the ride.’