Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The Fader, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June of 2016 from Button Poetry.
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.
Remembering Lando, and Colt 45.
Detroit is yet another example of America's need to exculpate itself by watching black people die.