Last week, I did a presentation focused on blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, novelist Colson Whitehead, and poet Kevin Young--four black men writers whose works I have followed regularly over the last several years. Their compositions have been useful touchstones, I was thinking, for getting me and folks in my circles thinking about a variety of concepts.
After the talk, I started thinking about a few other well-known black men born between 1969 and 1975, Whitehead's and Coates's respective birth years, who've been important to conversations I've had about "consciousness" during the contemporary era.
Here's a preliminary list of 13 of those men:
Colson Whitehead, novelist
Kevin Young, poet
Mat Johnson, novelist
Black Thought, rapper
Saul Williams, poet/musician
Aaron Mcgruder, cartoonist
André Benjamin (André 3000), rapper
Darrin Bell, cartoonist
Ta-Nehisi Coates, blogger/journalist