I'm hopping on a flight in a few for Chicago to do this. I would love to buy Illinois Golden Horde a round, but, in addition to the conference, I've got to do some reporting. There might be something Thursday, but I don't know. Or a bunch of you could pick me up at the airport. Actually, no. I'm hopping the train. The Kennedy (or whatever highway that is) is no joke.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.