Essays

29 NovLoss Haunts A Tribe Called Quest’s First Album in 18 Years


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — On March 22, at 3 a.m., Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were on the phone. The two rappers…

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06 AugNo Such Place As Post-Racial America: New York Times (2011)


Dear America, Please, I beg you, stop using the bankrupt and meaningless term “post-racial!” There’s no such thing as “post-racial.” There’s…

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06 AugHow Hiphop Was Shaped By the Drug War: Washington Post (2012)


If you’re wondering why hip-hop has often been angry, sneering, nihilistic and dystopic, you can blame the war on drugs, and…

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06 AugHow To Talk To Young Black Boys About Trayvon Martin: Time Magazine (2012)


Eight talking points about the potentially fatal condition of being black. It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today….

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06 AugThe Legacy of A Tribe Called Quest: New York Times (2016)


I GREW up in the suburbs of Boston, where I was the top-ranked singles player on my prep school’s tennis team and…

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