An early interest in books and writing essays as punishment worked oddly in Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ favor. As national correspondent at The Atlantic, he writes about culture, politics and social issues. His work can also be found in The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, O Magazine and other notable publications.
The Baltimore, Maryland native is the son of a stay at home dad who ran the Black Classic Press, a small publishing house specializing in African-American studies.
After matriculating through a number of area schools, Coates graduated from Baltimore’s Woodlawn High and graduated from Howard University.
The accomplished speaker and author penned his first novel Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood in 2008. The unique tales of growing up as the son of a former Black Panther coupled with the impact the high crime rate in Baltimore had on him, Coates’ memoir proved to be full of cultural and societal imagery.
Best known for his writings on race and politics, his work has earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination and TIME Magazine named his blog one of the best in 2011. In addition, he won the Hilman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism from the prestigious Sidney Hilman Foundation in 2012.
The last few years have been good to Coates professionally, as he was the MLK visiting professor in 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a guest columnist for the New York Times that same year. In 2014 he joined the City University of New York as its journalist in residence.
He currently lives in Harlem with his wife and kids.
Celebrities Who Attended HBCUs
1. Lance Gross - HowardSource:ATLPics.Net 1 of 30
2. Spike Lee - Morehouse CollegeSource:Courtesy Netflix 2 of 30
3. Diddy - Howard UniversitySource:ATLPics.Net 3 of 30
4. LaLa - Howard UniversitySource:FreddyO.com 4 of 30
5. Erykah Badu -Grambling State UniversitySource:ATLPics.Net 5 of 30
6. Common - Florida A&M UniversitySource:Getty 6 of 30
7. Eva Marcille - Clark Atlanta UniversitySource:Getty 7 of 30
8. Director Debbie Allen (L) and sister actress Phylicia Rashad - Howard UniversitySource:Getty 8 of 30
9. Wanda Sykes - Hampton UniversitySource:Getty 9 of 30
10. Anika Noni Rose - FAMUSource:Getty 10 of 30
11. David Banner - Southern UniversitySource:Getty 11 of 30
12. Yolanda Adams - TSUSource:@arturoholmesphotos 12 of 30
13. Lionel Richie (Left) - Tuskegee UniversitySource:Getty 13 of 30
14. Gladys Knight - Shaw UniversitySource:Getty 14 of 30
15. Keenan Ivory Wayans - Tuskegee UniversitySource:Getty 15 of 30
16. Rick Ross - Albany State UniversitySource:Getty 16 of 30
17. Toni Braxton - Bowie State UniversitySource:Victoria 17 of 30
18. Wale - Bowie State UniversitySource:Radio One Digital 18 of 30
19. Jerry Rice - Mississippi Valley State UniversitySource:Getty 19 of 30
20. Kym Whitley - Fisk UniversitySource:Kym Whitley 20 of 30
21. Keshia Knight Pullium - SpelmanSource:ATT 21 of 30
22. Michael Strahan - TSUSource:Women's Empowerment 2018 22 of 30
23. K. Michelle - FAMUSource:@PhotosByBeanz 23 of 30
24. Terrence J - North Carolina A&T University.24 of 30
25. Ruben Studdard25 of 30
26. Kamala Harris - Howard UniversitySource:AP Photo/Andrew Harnik 26 of 30
27. Oprah Winfrey - Tennessee State UniversitySource:FreddyO.com 27 of 30
28. Anthony Anderson - Howard UniversitySource:Getty 28 of 30
29. Samuel L Jackson - Morehouse CollegeSource:(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) 29 of 30
30. Tom Joyner - TuskegeeSource:Radio 1 Digital - Charlotte 30 of 30