Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.
Reflections on suicide, survival, and the new tribute album to Scott Hutchison.
"Legacy! Legacy!" is a revelatory concept album that puts Jamila Woods' voice in conversation with black creators from the past.
The newly released concert film is a joyous celebration of faith—and of how Aretha moved even secular audiences toward the holy.
Often relegated to the small print, session musicians helped create the most iconic songs of the last century. Hal Blaine was one of the greatest, and quietest, among them.
If I spend enough of my lived experience fighting my way out of lies, I might find myself too exhausted to receive the truth when I'm done.
The singer made news with the first real political statement of her career. It was overdue—and oddly depressing.
The funerals of my Muslim childhood were quick and modest. But I've learned to love the extended gospel funeral. Aretha's homegoing reminded me why.
What happens when suicide forestalls any possibility of justice?
Celebrating three poets whose work is as trenchantly political as anything on an op-ed page: a poetry of labor, of representation, of hope.
Analyzing the persistent pressure on black audiences to root for products that aren't always very good.
Many critics have praised Martin McDonagh's nuanced portrayal of bigotry. But his black characters are mere devices—and the bigot's redemption never really feels earned.
For me, Christmas Carols evoke hope in a way that Christmas itself never can.
I have seen the movie seven times, and it helped me survive the summer.
Detroit is yet another example of America's need to exculpate itself by watching black people die.
Anxiety is clearest when it’s loud—and most dangerous when it’s quiet.