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The Generosity Of Toni Morrison

She committed to holding the door open wide for other black writers for as long as she could, writes Hanif Abdurraqib.

Hanif Abdurraqib 3 months ago

This Is The John Singleton Movie You Really Need To Watch

John Singleton spent his career exploring contemporary black life and love. But his historical drama Rosewood is a movie that will stick with me forever.

Hanif Abdurraqib 6 months ago

Natasha Trethewey Wants America To Have A Personal Reckoning

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, former US poet laureate’s new collection, Monument, feels timely, but she’s been reckoning with America’s sins for decades.

Hanif Abdurraqib 11 months ago

The Media Can't Justify Botham Jean's Killing. But They're Trying.

The fact remains that Amber Guyger entered an apartment that wasn't her own and shot her neighbor, who was neither armed nor a direct threat to her.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

I Love My Jordans, But Nike’s Collaboration With Colin Kaepernick Rings Hollow

The shoe company’s campaign with the former NFL player feels like a performance that deploys him as a controversy machine.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

Nicki Minaj's Recent Behavior Shows How Toxic Album Promo Is Now

Instead of letting her new album, Queen, speak for itself, the rapper is sparking controversy in a bid to stay relevant.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

Warped Tour Is Over; Long Live Warped Tour

Warped Tour was flawed, but no more flawed than the many homes I chose for myself outside of it.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

Drake Is Washed

The rapper has become wary and paranoid, and his music is suffering for it.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

How Social Media Brought Pusha T And Drake To This Point

Pusha T's decision to take shots at Drake's family and friends this soon in their beef feels like a failure of creativity.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

Why I Still Fast During Ramadan

I know the ways in which I fail in the face of my beliefs, and yet I wish to consider myself forgiven once each year.

Hanif Abdurraqib One year ago

Jemele Hill Never Stood A Chance

ESPN hired the SportsCenter cohost for her opinions. That she is being punished for expressing them speaks heavily to the unequal power dynamic at play.

Hanif Abdurraqib 2 years ago

Tom Petty’s America Is The One We Want To Believe In

The rock star sang the gospel of carefree living — a message this country desperately needs to hear.

Hanif Abdurraqib 2 years ago

Aging Out Of Diehard Fandom Is Bittersweet

As an adult, my pop culture passions have to serve as a brief and joyful escape instead of an all-consuming obsession.

Hanif Abdurraqib 2 years ago

For Muslims In The US, There’s Before 9/11 And There’s After

The distance between curiosity and fear is tragically short.

Hanif Abdurraqib 2 years ago

Why Chester Bennington's Death Hurts So Much

Linkin Park’s lead vocalist helped me and so many of my friends get through difficult times.

Hanif Abdurraqib 2 years ago