Other Writing

A Selection

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 11.49.07 AM“Black Cowboys, Busting One of America’s Defining Myths,” The New Yorker


Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“New York Playgrounds I Have Known,” The New Yorker


Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“A Young Black Girl’s View of Harlem at the Start of the Great Migration,” The New Yorker


Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.26.23 PM“The Long, Vital History of Bystander Recordings,” The New Yorker


Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 1.33.03 PM“Can A Mural Save Your Life?”Buzzfeed
An extract from the anthology The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward


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The Wisdom of the Moving Man,” New York Times
For the Modern Love column in the Fashion & Style section.


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Who is Zwarte Piete?,” Virginia Quarterly Review
On the history and politics of a shameful Dutch tradition


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A Little Song I Wrote,” Killing the Buddah
Bobby McFerrin’s people called on me. This is what happened when I showed up.


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Searching for Zion,” Transition Magazine
This essay was the genesis for the book.


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Hiding in Plain Sight,” Guernica


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Daughters of Obama,” Guernica


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Mulattobama,” The Guardian


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The Throne of Zion,” The Believer
An excerpt from Searching for Zion.


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The Structure of Bubbles, Aster(ix) Journal (originally in Narrative Magazine)
A short story featuring the protagonist of The Professor’s Daughter.


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Orb Weaver,” Nerve