Date Of Birth:
30 September 1975
Place Of Birth:
Best Known As:
The 'Atlantic' writer who also does 'Black Panther' comics
African American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is a journalist and editor of The Atlantic, and the author of a series of superhero comics for Marvel, Black Panther. Coates grew up in Baltimore and studied at Howard University in Washington, D.C. before setting out for a career in journalism. From 2000 to 2007 he was a reporter in Philadelphia and New York, eventually becoming an editor at The Atlantic and publishing a memoir of sorts, The Beautiful Struggle (2008). Writing mostly about race issues in the United States, Coates brought academic research to a wider audience in an effort to address the power of "white supremacy" in culture and politics. His 2014 essay, "The Case for Reparations" put him in a bigger spotlight, and his 2015 book Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America won a National Book Award.