Ta-Nehisi Coates Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 23 Apr, 2018
Facts of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Date of Birth: 1975 , September-30
Age: 43 years old
Name Ta-Nehisi Coates
Father William Coates
Mother Cheryl Lynn
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Baltimore
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession Journalist
Working For The Atlantic Magazine
Net Worth Under review
Face Color Black
Married to Kenyatta Matthews
Awards National Book Award
Books Between World and Me, Beautiful Struggle ,We were eight years in power
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American Author and Journalist best known for his writings on the theme of racism and social injustice. He is also often labeled as the most influential black intellectual of the generation.  His breakthrough book "Between the World and Me"  published in 2015 sold 1.5 Million copies worldwide and has been eventually translated into 19 languages.  He also won National Book award for Non-fiction for that book and was also nominated for Phi Beta Kapp 2016 Book Awards. In total, he has written three books The Beautiful Struggle, Between the world and me, and We were eight years in Power.

As of 2018, he works as the national correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine and previously had also been involved with various magazines and publications such as Washington city paper, Village Voice and NewYork Times Magazine. Raised as Comic book fan Ta Nehisi Coates is now also a writer of Black Panther for Marvel Comics. The first installment released in 2016 of Black Panther sold 253,259 issues making it the highest selling comic of 2016.

Ta- Nehisi Coates' Early Life And Education

Coates is of American nationality and was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 30, 1975, to mother Cheryl Lynn and father William Coates who was a former member of Black Panther, Vietnam veteran and founder of Black Classic Pres. Coates' early influence in writing came from his mother who often made him write essays upon his bad behavior and also due to his father's work upon Black Classic Pres . which was specialized in publishing African-American titles. 

CAPTION: Ta-Nehisi Coates with his son Samori SOURCE: seattletimes.com

Coates attended various schools near Baltimore area including Baltimore Polytechnic institute and started writing poetry from the early age of 17. He graduated from Woodlawn High school and in 1993 he was enrolled at Harvard University but left without a degree.

Ta- Nehisi Coates' Professional Career As Writer And Journalist 

At the beginning of his writing career Ta- Nehisi Coates wrote periodicals for various magazines such as Washington Monthly, Philadelphia weekly, The village voice, Entertainment Weekly, Time and the Oprah Magazine. His career took a major boost when he started writing the blog for Atlantic magazine's Website.  At that time his topic on pop cultural trends earned him a number of followers. His famous writings for Atlantic Magzine includes "Obama and the myth of Black Messiah"(2008), "Fear of Black president"(2013) and "The Case of Reparations"(2014).  Fear of Black President and The case of Reparations won National award magazine for 2013 and 2014.

CAPTION: Ta-Nehisi Coates the author and journalist SOURCE: nytimes.com

Coates release his first book in 2008 title "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two sons and unlikely road to manhood". His first book was not commercially successful although gain positive reviews by critics. His second book "Between World and Me "became the best seller and also won Kirkus prize and National award for the non-fiction.  The book is based on the controversial theme of American society and how it is structured to white supremacy.  His third book a collection of essay," We were eight years in power" explores the topic of the presidency of Barack Obama following the election of Donald Trump.

Apart from his non-fiction work, Coates has also written comic series based on Marvel superhero "Black Panther".

Ta- Nehisi Coates' Net worth And Salary 

The total net worth of Coates is not officially revealed but being a writer of the best seller it is sure that he has accumulated a large amount of wealth. He sold $2.1 Million home Brooklyn Brown state in 2017  and is now living in Paris.  His book "Between World and Me" sold 1.5 Million copies worldwide earning estimated $30 Million. 

Ta- Nehisi Coates' Personal Life

Coates is married to Kenyatta Matthews whom he met when he was at Harvard University and they have a son named Samori Maceo Paul Coates. His son is named after Samouri Ture who was Mande Chief and fought for French Colonialism. His own first name Ta- Nehisi is derived from ancient Egyptian language for Nubia which means land along the river Nile.

Coates had 1.5 million Twitter followers but he quit social media following public Row with intellectual Cornel West.

Coates currently lives in Paris and as per the rumors he is now planning to move back on Newyork.

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