Baltimore-born author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates was one of the 2015 recipients of the MacArthur Fellows Program “Genius Grant.” This grant selects a handful of recipients each year to receive $625,000 over a five year period with no strings attached. Imagine, over half a million dollars to pursue your creative endeavors!
Coates is an advocate for social justice and uses personal experience and history to explore issues surrounding culture, poverty, and race. See an interview with Coates here
And check out his books, available at Langsdale:
Between the World and Me
– a novel written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about the realities of being black in the United States