The Possible

I was talking to Kenyatta the other day about this video. She was one of a handful of black girls at a school where no one really wore their hair natural or just short, and concepts of beauty were pretty limited. She was saying how she saw this video and thought, "I want to go to there." Because I was raised around Conscious black folks, I saw a lot more of this. Still it was really awesome to see it on TV as a kid.


When I was a kid, Hip-Hop was really good at showing a kaleidoscope of blackness. I hope, for young people coming up today, the same is true for pop music and humanity at large. You certainly have more choices and outlets. I feel like in another era, I might have aged out of pop music. But I'm still consuming. It's good to know that there are still bands playing for us thirty-somethings.

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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.

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