The Matter of Black Lives
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Contributors to “The Matter of Black Lives,” an anthology of New Yorker pieces, reckon with race in America and beyond. Featuring Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Jamaica Kincaid. Moderated by Jelani Cobb.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an acclaimed journalist with more than fifty years’ experience working as a correspondent and contributor for NBC, PBS, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and other outlets. She is the author of four nonfiction books, as well as the upcoming “My People,” which will be published in 2022 by Harper Collins. For her contributions to journalism, Hunter-Gault has earned two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Black Enterprise Legacy Award, among other honors.
Jamaica Kincaid is an internationally renowned writer. Her acclaimed novels include “Annie John,” “Mr. Potter,” and, most recently “See Now Then.” She has also written nonfiction, including “My Brother,” a chronicle of her brother’s battle with AIDS. Kincaid is a professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Clifton Fadiman Medal, among numerous other honors.
Jelani Cobb has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He is the co-editor of the new anthology “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker” and the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” A professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, he won the 2015 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writers Guild of America, East.
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