Ta-Nehisi Coates is retooling America’s myth factory

MacArthur grant winner Coates is tackling race and gender in new Black Panther comics

IN 2015, TA-NEHISI COATES published the National Book Award winner Between the World and Me, written as a letter to his son on being black in America. In 2016, the MacArthur “genius” grant winner surprised many by turning to a new format: comic books.

Marvel lately has been intent on diversifying its cast of characters. It’s created a black-Hispanic Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel and a

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