The Black Vanguard in White Utopias

“Country music issues a promissory note to its white listeners. The promise is that no matter how much the world around them may be changing, a country radio station or concert will be a safe space for white sentimentality.”

Source: The Undefeated
Published: Dec 31, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,167 words)

‘I Got a Second Chance’: From Puff Daddy to Diddy to Love

“Sean Combs was the original influencer. Now the artist and mogul is defining his next era—and launching a record label.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 3, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,255 words)

The Dolly Moment

“Only a society that willfully believes itself ‘post-racist’ could produce such a queen.”

Source: essaying
Published: Feb 24, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,055 words)

Tressie McMillan Cottom on Writing in One’s Own Voice

“And yet, for academics this is a constant tension. They have this idea that the writing should be secondary, or distinct, from the thinking. And I’ve always found that very bizarre. How are you thinking, if you are not writing?”

Source: Public Books
Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,977 words)

We Will Be Seen

Have you read Tressie McMillan Cottom’s book “Thick” yet? If not, that’s a mistake, but a mistake you can begin to rectify by reading this excellent, wide-ranging interview to understand just how sharp a thinker she is.

Published: Feb 1, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,308 words)

Raising Really Good Hell for People Who Cannot

The only thing better than an interview with writer, scholar, and Twitter luminary Tressie McMillan Cottom is an interview with McMillan Cottom where the interviewer is Roxane Gay.

Published: Mar 20, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,810 words)

I Was Pregnant and in Crisis. All the Doctors and Nurses Saw Was an Incompetent Black Woman

“It might seem that the culture’s perennial strong woman would also be competent. But incompetent and superhero do not actually conflict in the context of essential notions about gender, race, class, and hierarchy.”

Source: Time Magazine
Published: Jan 8, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,775 words)

The Problem With Obama’s Faith in White America

A response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “My President Was Black” from sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom: “My first black president seems to think he can have black cool without black burden. For all his intimacies with his white mother and white grandparents, my first black president doesn’t appear to know his whites.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 13, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,150 words)