Wesley Morris' smart and insightful writing about race and culture helped him win a second Pulitzer Prize for criticism, the only person to win the category twice.
"The most urgent filmmaking anybody's doing in this country right now is by Black people with camera phones." So begins the brilliant and astute essay, "The Videos That Rocked America. The Song That Knows Our Rage," by New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris, one of several dispatches about race and culture that helped him earn a second Pulitzer for criticism, making him the only person to win that category twice. Morris won his first Pulitzer as a movie critic for the Boston Globe before doing a quick stint at sports and culture site Grantland. He joined the Times in 2015 as critic at large, where he turned his sharp, observational skills to broader range of topics: a provocative take on Black male sexuality; an essay that sparked a larger conversation about criticizing Black art; a humorous, insightful piece on growing a mustache and its connection to Blackness and masculinity. No matter the subject, Morris will always have a smart, compelling point of view. When he isn't hammering out 3,000-word stories on a same-day deadline, he's giving us a piece of his brilliant mind on the popular podcast, "Still Processing," with N.Y. Times colleague Jenna Wortham.