Ta-Nehisi Coates was born on 30th September 1975, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Paul who was a Vietnam War veteran, former Black Panther publisher, as well as a librarian. His mother, Cheryl Lynn, on the other hand, was a teacher. He was raised alongside his brother and five step-siblings, three children from his father’s first wife and each from two other wives.
Coates’s interest in books was inculcated when his mother, in response to the ill manner, would require him to write essays. And also he used to read many of the books his father published.
He enrolled at several of Baltimore-area schools, prior to graduating from Woodlawn High School. For further study, he chose Howard University but left after 5 years to pursue a career in journalism.
Coates first entered into the Journalism field, serving as a reporter at The Washington City Paper where his editor was David Carr. He then went on to serve at various publications including Time, The Village Voice, and Philadelphia Weekly, as a journalist, before working at The Atlantic.
At The Atlantic, Coates' first article was “This Is How We Lost to the White Man”, which eventually led to an appointment with a regular column. Later he became a senior editor.
Moreover, as an author, Coates has published several books including "The Beautiful Struggle", "Between the World and Me", "Black Panther", and "We Were Eight Years in Power".
Besides, he has served at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the 2012-14 MLK visiting professor for writing and at the City University of New York as its journalist-in-residence.
His hard work has paid him well with various prestigious awards such as Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for "Fear of a Black President", George Polk Award for commentary for "The Case for Reparations", and National Book Award for Nonfiction for "Between the World and Me."
Not only prosperous in professional life, Coates is living a blissful life with his wife, Kenyatta Matthews, and son, Samori Maceo-Paul Coates. Going deep into his relationship, Coates and Matthews met at Howard University when they were both students. At first, they became friends then their relation led them into other direction. Thus, after dating for many years, both decided to take their relationship to the next level and got married. Summing, there is no any information about Coates' former girlfriend.
Coates who is an American by nationality belongs to African-American ethnicity. Though he has not disclosed his exact figure of salary and net worth, looking at his successful career his net worth is assumed to be no less than millions of dollars.
Coates also owns a brownstone in Prospects Lefferts Gardens.