Jamil Smith

Journalist and essayist, most recently of MTV News. Trying to increase the amount of useful information in the world.

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Jamil Smith

393 days ago

Published this profile of jazz legend Terence Blanchard a year ago, on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Give it a read. Let me know what you think.

The Griot of New Orleans

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

401 days ago

My column this week, on Trump deputizing his supporters to ensure the election isn't "rigged," and why that is dangerous.

The Un-American Activities Of Donald Trump

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

401 days ago

An exceptional column by Roxane Gay (duh) about the resurfacing rape allegations against Nate Parker, director and star of the highly anticipated film "The Birth of a Nation." Which, like Roxane, I won't be paying to see.

Nate Parker and the Limits of Empathy

mobile.nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

410 days ago

I reviewed Jesmyn Ward's new anthology THE FIRE THIS TIME. It's my first byline in The New York Times.

Jesmyn Ward’s Anthology of Race Builds on the Legacy of James Baldwin

nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

413 days ago

Donald Trump is about to lose to someone who is not a white man. Of course he’s crying foul. Many a white man has done that, as Rebecca Traister notes here.

Donald Trump and the Long History of White Men Claiming Fraud

nymag.com

Jamil Smith

414 days ago

It's been a while since I shared an item here on Pocket. That'll change from here on out: in the spirit of the late This., at least one item a day. I might reach back into the archives to share some things I've loved from the past few months, but let me start here with this beautiful meditation from my friend Eve Ewing on Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the demands we make on the recluse.

Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the Reclusive Artist

theatlantic.com

Jamil Smith

542 days ago

Anne Helen Petersen is the best celebrity profiler out here, and her latest has so many layers. I've long thought Affleck was an interesting cat, and this story confirmed it.

The Unbearable Sadness Of Ben Affleck

buzzfeed.com

Jamil Smith

544 days ago

I'm worried about my hometown all the time, but now the Republican convention is coming. In my latest, I walk through what the real concerns should be.

What Will Happen In Cleveland When The Republicans Arrive?

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

544 days ago

This is, bar none, the best essay about the 2016 campaign to emerge to date.

Lost in TRUMPLANDIA

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

544 days ago

I was more than done with the patronizing "respect" being doled out to Trump's supporters, as if they were his victims, not his voters. So I wrote this.

Trump’s Voters Are Not His Victims

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

548 days ago

"We won’t have an anti-racist president elected in 2016. We aren’t likely to have one elected in 2020 or 2024 either. But if there are consequences for insufficiently anti-racist local, state, and federal politicians with presidential aspirations in the immediate future, somewhere down the line, possibly, things might be different."

There Is No Truly Anti-Racist Presidential Candidate

thenation.com

Jamil Smith

550 days ago

My thoughts for MTV News on why the president's trip was so necessary.

Why Obama Needed To Go To Cuba

on.mtv.com

Jamil Smith

555 days ago

Last Tuesday, I applauded two county prosecutors losing their jobs. Given how they treated the Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases, respectively, neither Timothy McGinty in my native Cleveland nor Anita Alvarez in Chicago deserved to keep their jobs. But the fact that that mistreatment actually got them voted out is saying something. That, and much more in my latest for MTV News.

Police Brutality Can Now Lose You An Election

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

559 days ago

Ari Berman details the hell am elderly voter had to go through just so she could keep voting. On yet another primary day, a fitting reminder of how Republicans are instituting new poll taxes under another name.

North Carolina’s Voter ID Law Could Block 218,000 Registered Voters From the Polls

thenation.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Jelani Cobb on Trump and Chicago, now and then.

Donald Trump, Chicago, and the Lessons of 1968

newyorker.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Jamelle Bouie is brilliant here on the "why now" of Trump, and the racist backlash against President Obama.

How Trump Happened

slate.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

In advance of the next slate of primaries in Tuesday, my look at why my home state matters (and one person who matters in it).

Why Ohio Is The Most Important Presidential Primary (Next Week)

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

I'm told by a reliable source that Greg Howard pretty much nailed this. I'm so glad he's gotten a chance to take a David Carr Fellowship at the New York Times; follow his work there.

How SB Nation Published Their Daniel Holtzclaw Story

deadspin.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Ta-Nehisi Coates's preview of the Marvel comic he wrote. I've never looked forward to a series with such anticipation. Not just because it's Coates. Because I never got to know this character.

The Return of the Black Panther

theatlantic.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Dahlia Lithwick on how Scalia's death has changed the Court, already.

The Conservative Era Is Over

slate.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Wait, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah went to James Baldwin's house in France, then wrote about it? Click.

The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin

buzzfeed.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

David Remnick on Trump's appeal.

American Demagogue

newyorker.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

Jelani Cobb's brilliant, sobering look at the present and future of the black liberation movement.

The Matter of Black Lives

newyorker.com

Jamil Smith

560 days ago

My column after the Democratic debate in Flint, prior to the Michigan primary. I was wrong on my prediction for that vote; I hope I'm wrong about Flint being forgotten, too.

How Will Flint Be Forgotten?

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

571 days ago

My latest for MTV News, in which I recommend a new course for Bernie Sanders's quixotic campaign: attacking Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders Needs A New Argument

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

572 days ago

From Joy-Ann Reid, the best distillation I've seen of why most black voters aren't feeling the Bern. So good, I wish I'd written it.

Clinton, Sanders and the Fight Over Obama’s Legacy

nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

572 days ago

My Super Tuesday column looks one day into the future, when the most important abortion case in a generation is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court.

The Losers of the Texas Republican Primary Will Be Women

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

573 days ago

My column on how the #JusticeForFlint benefit reminded us, on Oscar night, of the true purpose of entertainment.

Why Flint Was the Place to Be on Oscar Night

on.mtv.com

Jamil Smith

573 days ago

The best commentary on the Oscars monologue I've seen yet. The idea that today's civil rights struggles aren't "real" when structural racism is still killing folks, that's rubbish.

Chris Rock, Justice for Flint and why we still have ‘real things to protest’

washingtonpost.com

Jamil Smith

577 days ago

My latest for MTV News, in which I argue that the pursuit of black votes must now include a challenge to white voters.

The White Candidate’s Burden

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

581 days ago

Rebecca Traister's new cover story for New York magazine, adapted from her new book, argues that single women are 2016's most significant voters.

Single Women Are Now the Most Potent Political Force in America

nymag.com

Jamil Smith

583 days ago

My first column for MTV News, on the death of the Supreme Court Justice and the work yet to be done to fix the America he damaged.

Antonin Scalia Is Dead, But His America Is Still Alive

mtv.com

Jamil Smith

585 days ago

The last (for now) episode of my New Republic podcast, INTERSECTION, looks at Hillary Clinton's campaign through the lens of identity. Stay subscribed to this podcast! Developments to come.

Intersection Episode 15: Hillary Clinton Gets Intersectional

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

594 days ago

Rembert Browne, holding both white and non-white people to account for how quickly we judge an ally to be "woke," among other things.

Macklemore, Hillary, and Why White Privilege Is Everyone’s Burden

vulture.com

Jamil Smith

594 days ago

Coates claps back at a Jacobin writer who took issue with his criticism of Bernie Sanders after the candidate refused to support reparations. A necessary read who thinks class-based solutions are a universal remedy for racial inequities.

The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

theatlantic.com

Jamil Smith

597 days ago

Vinson Cunningham profiles the editor of Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Between the World and Me," and examines how he is making the world more open to honest writing about race.

How Chris Jackson Is Building a Black Literary Movement

nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

608 days ago

My thoughts on why the Democratic insurgent's campaign is failing with black and Latino voters. It's going to take a lot more than inspiration in an election that isn't about "hope and change" for populations seeking good governance rather than political superheroes.

Bernie Sanders Wants Us to Trust Him

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

612 days ago

Cord Jefferson wrote this essay about his I'll mother in late 2014, and she passed away yesterday. It's one of my favorite essays, and I say that not just because Cord is a great guy who is going through something unimaginable right now. Read it and you'll see what I'm talking about.

On Kindness

medium.com

Jamil Smith

615 days ago

My MLK Day essay for New Republic on icons, legacy, and ownership.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Doesn’t Belong to You

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

617 days ago

Ezra Klein, perhaps better than anyone I've ever read, explains how Hillary Clinton fails to campaign the way that she governs: in a progressive yet pragmatic way.

Hillary Clinton doesn't trust you

vox.com

Jamil Smith

628 days ago

My New Republic column on the meaning of the president's executive actions on guns.

President Obama Is Finally Changing the Debate on Guns

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

628 days ago

My argument in New Republic for what I'm calling the "Tamir Rice Rule": mandating independent investigators and prosecutors for every single case of police violence.

The Tamir Rice Rule

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

631 days ago

Jill Filipovic asks an essential question in the New York Times in the wake of the Cosby arrest: Why are there statutes of limitations for rape and sexual assault at all?

No More Statutes of Limitations for Rape

mobile.nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

633 days ago

Written by the incredible producer of my own podcast, Mikaela Lefrak.

2016 will be the year that people stop asking, “Do you listen to podcasts?” and start assuming that you already do.

The Year We Started Taking Podcasts Seriously

newrepublic.com

Jamil Smith

634 days ago

I'm disappointed that LeBron James feigned ignorance to a reporter when asked about the Tamir Rice grand jury decision. He's earned the expectation of speaking out with his past positive actions. But the demand from activists that he boycott NBA games in protest of the decision is both discouraging and counterproductive. Kavitha Davidson articulates that well here.

No Justice, No LeBron?

bloombergview.com

Jamil Smith

634 days ago

The final line of Clint Smith's exceptional New Yorker essay will haunt me for quite a while. Probably the best thing I've read about Tamir Rice this year.

The Stories Tamir Rice Makes Us Remember

newyorker.com

Jamil Smith

635 days ago

Jezebel editor Emma Carmichael, with one of the better essays about nightmarish trauma I've read, ever.

Trying

theawl.com

Jamil Smith

638 days ago

Sady Doyle's meditation on why she finds Hillary Clinton (the person more so than the candidate) likable encapsulates many of my thoughts on the subject. Read every word.

More Than Likable Enough

slate.com

Jamil Smith

640 days ago

Merry Christmas, White America. George Yancy has a gift for you: "Don’t tell me about how many black friends you have. Don’t tell me that you are married to someone of color. Don’t tell me that you voted for Obama. Don’t tell me that I’m the racist. Don’t tell me that you don’t see color. Don’t tell me that I’m blaming whites for everything. To do so is to hide yet again."

Dear White America

opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

Jamil Smith

640 days ago

Today is my father's birthday. Casey Johnston's riveting essay about her dad's death reminds me how thankful I need to be that I can still call him.

Where

theawl.com

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