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

Commonweal

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

Commonweal

January 15, 2022

2021

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

Cineaste

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

Commonweal

August 1, 2021

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

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

Subnivean

Issue 03

June 2021

Root Response—Letter from New Orleans

Essay on forgiveness among African-Americans

Commonweal

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

Commonweal

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

Cineaste

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

Commonweal

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