Mychal Denzel Smith
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    Mychal Denzel Smith is a fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education (Nation Books 2016) and a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee.

    His work has appeared online and in print for publications such as the Washington Post, New Republic, New York Times Book Review, The Nation, the Atlantic, Paris Review, Complex, GQ, Guernica, Literary Hub, Pitchfork, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, and many others.


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Featured Work
  • The Gatekeepers
  • On the burden of the black public intellectual.

  • What Mizzou Knew
  • One year later, the University of Missouri football team's boycott hasn't been duplicated. Colin Kaepernick's silent protest is a start, but what if pro athletes refused to play?

  • A Q&A With Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter
  • In the first of a series of interviews with the three creators of Black Lives Matter, on February 21, 2015, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spoke about imagining a world where the fact that “Black Lives Matter” is self-evident.

  • A New Generation of Black Activism
  • How Trayvon Martin's death sparked a host of new groups that are reviving the grassroots fight for racial equality.

  • The Death of Michael Brown
  • Black America is left searching for that ever-elusive sense of justice — but what is justice?

Featured Video
  • Mychal Denzel Smith on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry discussing how we talk about race, August 4, 2013.
  • On Up with Steve Kornacki, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses how the defense invoked the protection of white womanhood in the Zimmerman trial, July 14, 2013.