Ta-Nehisi Coates Steps Down from The Atlantic
Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the most conscious intellectuals and writers of our time, is leaving his position as a National Correspondent for The Atlantic after a decade with the magazine. The 42-year-old does not have immediate plans to join another publication and has made no announcements on his next steps. He told his Editor that the last few years for him have been years of significant changes and that he would like to take some time to reflect on those changes, and to figure out the best path forward, both as a person and as a writer. The Baltimore native has written about the Black people who were killed by their neighbors, the police, or perfect strangers. His best-known pieces for the magazine are his essays about racial injustice -- particularly “The Case for Reparations.” Coates has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work with The Atlantic as well as his book, Between the World and Me. Never comfortable with the fame that his work brought, Coates described trying to cover a protest as a journalist and a guy began taking pictures of him. “That’s symptomatic of how the job has changed for me,” said Coates, who remembers less stressful days as a less famous blogger. Coates is still very much a writer. His current gigs include a new book, comic-book writing, and teaching at New York University. More here.