Talk about worlds colliding. Here's Whitney, old-school Whitney, doing a version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
I forgot how much she could sing. It's funny, back in the day we all thought Whitney was like a straight Jack-and-Jill bougie black girl. When she married Bobby Brown a lot of us were thrown. It was only much later that I realized that she might well have Bobby beat on the hood quotient.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor 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.