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LBJ in the Rotunda


The Atlanta Review

Spring/Summer 2024

How Harlem Saw Itself

Review of  art exhibit

“The Harlem Renaissance

and Transatlantic Modernism"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


April 23, 2024

Huckleberry Jim

Review of James,

by Percival Everett

Times Literary Supplement

April 5, 2024

Contents Under Pressure

Review of the Whitney Museum Exhibition

“Henry Taylor: B Side”

The Threepenny Review

Spring 2024

Peanuts and the Absurd Art of Growing Up

Personal essay

The Common Reader

January 19, 2024


Working for the Man

Review of Cahokia Jazz,

by Francis Spufford

Times Literary Supplement

October 6, 2023

What’s the Big Idea?

Essay on conceptual art and the work of

the artist David Hammons


October 2023

Essay in Symposium on The Mysterious

The Threepenny Review

Fall 2023

American Wake-Up Call

Review of The Late Americans,

By Brandon Taylor

Times Literary Supplement

June 30, 2023

All That Makes the Musician

Review of Easily Slip Into Another World,

Memoir by jazz composer Henry Threadgill

(and Brent Hayes Edwards)

The Wall Street Journal

June 17–18, 2023

Short essay for Roundtable on Comics

The Nature of Cities (online)

June 2023

Connecting Flights

Braided essay on aviation, mysteries, jazz,

The Black American experience, and more

The Common Reader (Aviation Issue)

May 24, 2023

The Quiet Dark

Personal Essay

The Threepenny Review

Spring 2023


Their Island Story

Review of the novel The Other Eden,

By Paul Harding

Times Literary Supplement

February 10, 2023

The Angle

Lyric essay

Hunger Mountain

Issue #27, Winter 2023

One or Many?

Review of the book The Need to Be Whole:

Patriotism and the History of Prejudice,

by Wendell Berry


January 2023


Big Man and the Little Men: A Graphic Novel

Other Press

November 22, 2022

Let Us Go Then, You and I

excerpt from my novel

Action, Spectacle

Winter 2022

Come Back, Bobby Fischer: On Competition,

Fairness, and Democracy


Michigan Quarterly Review, Special Issue:

Fractured Union—American Democracy on the Brink

Fall 2022

No Wonder

Review of the book Teaching White Supremacy:

America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of

Our National Identity, by Donald Yacovone


October 2022

Say What You Know

Review of the book His Name Is George Floyd:

One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,

By Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Times Literary Supplement

August 12, 2022

Keep Looking

Review of photography exhibit

Jamel Shabazz: Eyes on the Street at

The Bronx Museum of Art


July 13, 2022

“Table Talk” piece

The Threepenny Review

Summer 2022


Short story


Spring 2022

Purple Patch

Review of Gathering Blossoms Under Fire:

The Journals of Alice Walker, 1965–2000

Times Literary Supplement

May 13, 2022

Half the Story

Review of the book Woke Racism: How a

New Religion Has Betrayed Black America,

By John McWhorter


April 25, 2022

La Bohème

Personal essay

The Threepenny Review

Spring 2022

Elected for Orderly Conduct—Barack Obama’s

Impossible Job

Review of the book The Black President: Hope and Fury

in the Age of Obama, by Claude A. Clegg III

Times Literary Supplement

January 21, 2022



Hard-Won Wisdom

Review of the memoir Generations, by Lucille Clifton


January 15, 2022


December 28: Happy Birthday, Lt. Uhura,

and Thank You for Your Starship Service

Short essay on the actress Nichelle Nichols

The Common Reader

December 28, 2021

Washington Stories

Personal essay about growing up in Washington, DC

Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Winter 2021

Make Mine Marvel

Review of All of the Marvels, by Douglas Wolk, and

The Story of Marvel Studios, by Tara Bennett and

Paul Terry

The Wall Street Journal

November 20–21, 2021


African American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness

Book review


Winter 2021

Just Enough Light to See By: Conveying Meaning in

Nonfiction Writing

The Writers’ Chronicle

November 2021

Colson Comes to Harlem

Review of the novel Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead

The Wall Street Journal

September 4–5, 2021

Essay in Symposium on Childhood

The Threepenny Review

Fall 2021

The Black Picture Show

Review of the books The Content of Our Caricature:

African American Comic Art and Political Belonging

and Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

The Common Reader

August 4, 2021

When Black Was Born

Review of the music documentary Summer of Soul


August 1, 2021

Six poems: “Robin Scott,” “Stingray,” “My Other Grandparents,”

“My Brother’s Apartment,” “A Walk with Her,” and “9/11 Poem”


Issue 03

June 2021

Root Response—Letter from New Orleans

Essay on forgiveness among African-Americans


June 19, 2021

Ming Yang Fu, Or, Seeking Words at Age Thirteen

Personal essay

Chicago Quarterly Review

Volume 33, 2021

Listed among Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2021 in The Best American Essays 2022

There’re People Living Under Here

Review of the art exhibition Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,

at the New Museum in New York City


April 26, 2021

The View from Beneath

Review of Richard Wright’s novel The Man Who Lived Underground

Wall Street Journal

April 24, 2021


What Made the Civil Rights Movement Successful--And What Came Next

Review of the books Black Magic, by Chad Sanders, and The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights, by Thomas C. Holt

The Washington Post

February 21, 2021

The Home of Two Cliffs

Personal essay

The Threepenny Review

Spring 2021


The Past and the Iceberg: Black Horror Films, Then and Now


Spring 2021


Blues for Mister Stanley

A remembrance of Stanley Crouch

American Book Review

Winter 2021

Fear in the Gut, Change in the Air

Review of the film One Night in Miami

Times Literary Supplement

January 22, 2021

Masked Men

Essay on the storming of the U.S. Capitol


January 18, 2021


Time Is Precious: A Conversation with Clifford Thompson

Interviewed by the writer Julie Marie Wade for…

The Rumpus

January 4, 2021


Fictional Blues: Narrative Self-Invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White

Book review

Los Angeles Review of Books

January 4, 2021


The Four Phases of Malcolm X

Review of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

Times Literary Supplement

January, 1, 2021

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