Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer and journalist. I know of him mostly from his work at The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural and political issues, particularly as regards African-Americans. But he has previously written for Time, The Village Voice, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, as well as having published two books. The first is a memoir and the second, which won this year’s National Book Award, Between the World and Me.

“I always consider the entire process about failure, and I think that’s the reason why more people don’t write.”

He also did a great interview for NPR that you can listen to here:
Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Work And The Painful Process Of Getting Conscious

I may also be a fan because he is a fellow comics-geek:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Unpacks the Way Comics Have Conquered the World