Jelani Cobb

Cory Booker Never Spoke for Newark Like Amiri Baraka Did
January 21, 2014

The poet and activist was the soul of the New Jersey city.

The Forgotten March on Washington
It never happened—but still had more impact than today's reenactment
August 24, 2013

From the outset, recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington has been a matter of ratios: congratulation to critique, historical reflection to contemporary concerns.

Why Are Black Voters More Forgiving of Scandalized Politicians?
August 15, 2013

In a campaign season where a candidates’ literal (and Internet) bedmates are more discussed than his political ones, the New York Times recently noted that scandal-tainted politicians like Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner have retained a disproportio