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

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