College in Atlanta made me say goodbye to innocence and hello to shame

I’m often embarrassed by my love for basketball. At parties in my twenties, I thought I could convey my morals by hating the Lakers. Or show valor in my stray lust for Knick success. Basketball is my escape from life’s tedium. I also know my attachment to it makes no…

Coel’s “I May Destroy You” deserved a nomination but power rallied to keep her out

Michaela Coel is a one-of-one creator. She can write, act, sing, and imagine better than 99% of Hollywood’s leads. For the past five years, she’s produced at a breakneck pace without sacrificing quality. Her HBO hit “I May Destroy You” explores this unreal range but wasn’t valued that way at…

Around seven years ago, companies started paying for AAVE points. That’s weird.

I’m reading a book called Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour that’s rightly brilliant. It’s about a young Black man named Darren Vender who lives in Brooklyn with his mother after graduating at the top of his class from a specialized high school. Rather than going off to college and meeting…

The 7-foot legend’s 1968 boycott may instruct what we infer about another enigmatic NBA star

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for a known greatest-of-all-time contender, isn’t well-liked. That really bothers me. I share a birthdate with the giant from Harlem, April 16th. That coincidence and the fact that we are both writers deeply concerned with racial and social justice makes me feel a wildly unearned kinship with someone…

The Detroit rap legend is the patron saint of White entitlement and violence

I can’t talk about Eminem without bringing up his obsessed audience.

To use his word, they are Stans. No matter their background, Eminem fans elevate him as a rap god, resurrected on Earth to drop intricate rhyme patterns about rape and farts. …

They both reek of the abuse they’ve suffered. I can tell because I reek of the abuse I’ve suffered.

When I entered the corporate world in my first full-time role, I felt terrified.

I was pumping a Black entertainment brand. Inside the company skyscraper, men strutted in the latest Jordans and designer hoodies or Italian suits. Everyone, from the assistants to the creative directors, had a prominent social media…

Whether alumni or walking the halls of elite schools today, we recognize a tough shared experience

I laughed when I saw myself in the alumni brochure for The Collegiate School For Boys. I didn’t know why its editors included me. I didn’t graduate on time; I wasn’t a millionaire. But I knew why the faculty felt they had to print my whiskey-inflamed mug, big lips, and…

Andrew Ricketts

I’m a Caribbean and American writer from New York. My stories are about coming-of-age, learning how to relate, and family. It’s a living, breathing memoir.

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