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Ta-Nehisi Coates to Colbert: I Have No Hope For America

Colbert asked Coates if he had any hope for America being a better country and having better race relations. Coates said "No."

Ta-Nehisi Coates stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his upcoming book We Were Eight Years in Power.

The two started out talking about Colin Kaepernick and the recent NFL kneeling protests, which Coates thinks have been "very successful."


The topic then turned to protests, civil rights, Black Lives Matter, and Martin Luther King Jr, with Coates mentioning, "It's very similar to how people feel about NFL protests today, 60 percent of Americans disapproved of Martin Luther King specifically as a person. He didn't get killed out of nowhere."

Talk then unavoidably steered towards Trump and a notable moment came about when Colbert asked Coates if he had any hope for America being a better country and having better race relations.

This topic, by the way, is addressed by Coates several times in We Were Eight Years in Power. Throughout the book he mentions that he "hates being asked to offer white people hope of a better future in which America might become a post-racial utopia," as Vox puts it.

Coates answer to Colbert:

"No."

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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