Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates born September 30, 1975, in Baltimore, Maryland is an American author and journalist. Coates gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy. Coates has worked for The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and TIME. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, O, and other publications. He wrote the book Between The World And Me last year which has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller. The book serves as a letter to his adolescent son, in which he attempts to tell his story about where he finds himself in the world, and how it has felt to grow up as an African-American and answers some of the greatest questions about American history and American ideals. The book is a beautiful and intimate part of Coates and his thoughts about the past, present, and future of his life and the world.