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.
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.