Posts Tagged: Sam Cooke

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack


One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren't as safe. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Instructions for Replicating a Bad Summer


Compare yourself to a raw wound. Explain that everyone else is one too, whether they know it or not. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Bill Cosby’s Faux Legacy


Bill Cosby was never the man, the icon, the protector and illustrator of black culture, the guide, the genius we have created in our minds. ...more