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Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Host Francesca Rheannon talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates about his memoir, [amazon-product text=”The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood” type=”text”]0385527462[/amazon-product].

[Note: the original show episode has been replaced by the unedited, full interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.]

Coates grew up with his father, mother, siblings and half-siblings in an African American neighborhood in northwest Baltimore during the 1980’s. He was a kid when the crack epidemic hit Baltimore and sucked the life out of what had once been a thriving, intact, community. But then it changed and young black boys like Coates were faced with challenges that sent many of them over the cliff.

150709_SBR_Coates-COVER.jpg.CROP.original-originalTa-Nehisi Coates was luckier—he had a father who cared passionately about saving his boys, Ta-Nehisi and his older brother Bill, who were coming of age in the middle of the chaos.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes for The Atlantic magazine. In September 2015, he was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship. The Foundation called Coates “a highly distinctive voice [who is] emerging as a leading interpreter of American concerns to a new generation of media-savvy audiences and having a profound impact on the discussion of race and racism in this country.”

About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.