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In Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Black Thought


Hailed as “our most vital public intellectual” (Vanity Fair), MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates has graced the Apollo stage many times including the theatrical premiere of his seminal work Between the World and Me and his conversation with Oprah Winfrey about The Water Dancer in 2019. This award-winning author and journalist gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy, and went on to pen numerous bestselling books and comic series.

As part of his multi-year residency as Apollo Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates will be joined by multi-talented rapper, singer, and actor Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots on the Apollo stage discussing their work, what has inspired them, and the ways in which they are reimagining their artforms for the future. Praised by The New York Times as “Hip-hop’s Dostoyevsky,” his latest musical Black No More premieres Off-Broadway in Spring 2022.

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