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Ta-Nehisi Coates


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic and blogs on its website about politics, culture and social issues.

He has worked for The Village Voice, Washington City Paper and TIME magazine. Coates has also contributed to many publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In 2008 he published The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, a memoir about coming of age in West Baltimore and how that experience influenced him.

He is currently a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visiting scholar at MIT where he teaches writing and journalism. Coates attended Howard University and currently resides in Harlem with his partner and son.