2013 The Root 100

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes smartly about race and popular culture.

  • Influence: 217.7
  • Reach: 11.01
  • Substance: 8.1
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  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Senior editor at the Atlantic, cultural critic.
  • Job: Author and journalist
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Location: Harlem, N.Y.
  • Age: 38
  • Bio: As a senior editor for the Atlantic, author, media pundit and cultural agitator Ta-Nehisi Coates wholly engages with the topics of the day, making complex issues "plain." He is gifted in his precise, historically pointed and sometimes biting take on race, racism and especially privilege. In the "Dubious Math Behind Stop and Frisk," he writes, "The question before us isn't 'Do we want the murder rate reduced?' The question is 'Is Stop and Frisk a moral and effective policy?' We could also start punishing all murderers with public torture and beheading. That too might reduce the murder rate." His recent series, "Dispatches From Paris," proves that a black kid from Baltimore, the son of a "revolutionary," can wax poetically about culture, society and life from across the sea; a revolutionary act in and of itself.Visit his website and like his Facebook page.