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About Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and the novel Long Division. He has two new books, a novel called And So On and A Fat Black Memoir, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Vassar College.

Black Churches Taught Us to Forgive White People. We Learned to Shame Ourselves

“These white folks, they think the world belongs to them,” Grandma told me 12 hours after Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Depyane Middleton Doctor, Daniel Simmons and Myra Thompson were murdered in a black Charleston church by a cowardly [...]

How Much Progress Has America Made in Discussing Love, Sexuality and Religion?

By Kiese Laymon | Originally Published at ESPN. June 7, 2013 | Plenty has been left unsaid in locker rooms at every level | Photographic Credit; Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images The conversations we could be having about love, sex and religion My senior year at Oberlin College, [...]