Whatever, I like the song. I was trying to think of the most embarrassing songs that I'm actually into. I thought about Dido's "I'm No Angel" or blogging about the fact that I often write to the Inception soundtrack. But I think the unbridled American Go For It! spirit of Breakaway" really takes the cake. But hey, every time I hear "I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly" I can just feel the self-esteem juices rushing forth.
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.