Ta-Nehisi Coates Biography

Published On May 30, 2018
Facts of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Date of Birth: 1975 , September-30
Birth Nation: United States
Name Ta-Nehisi Coates
Birth Name Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates
Father William Coates
Mother Cheryl Lynn
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Baltimore
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Afro-American
Profession Journalist and Author
Working For The Atlantic Magazine
Net Worth Under review
Face Color Black
Married to Kenyatta Matthews
Children Son (Samori Maceo-Paul Coates)
Awards National Book Award
Books Between World and Me, Beautiful Struggle ,We were eight years in power
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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. 

 

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Born in Maryland, United States

1975

Ta-Nehisi Coates was born on 30th September 1975, in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Paul and Cheryl Lynn. By nationality, he is an American and belongs to African-American ethnicity. 

Joined The Atlantic

2008

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.

Publisheed his first book The Beautiful Struggle

2008

Coates first published "The Beautiful Struggle." It was his memoir about coming in West Baltimore and it's effect on him. 

Got Married to Kenyatta Matthews

2011

Coates tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Kenyatta Matthews.  The duo together is blessed with a son named, Samori Maceo-Paul Coates. 

Financial Aspects

2018

Though Coates 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.