The Possible

More

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.

Jump to comments
Presented by

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.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is the Greatest Story Ever Told?

A panel of storytellers share their favorite tales, from the Bible to Charlotte's Web.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In