Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012 and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture and won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice. He is the author of several books: The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress (2015), To the Break of Dawn: a Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (2007), and The Devil and Dave Chapelle (2007).
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