Our guest this week is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson author (most recently) of her controversial and revealing memoir, Negroland. The touching and piercing book speaks to her experience of growing up in the black elite of Chicago in the 60s and 70s. Needless to say I was intimidated by the subject of race, but we jumped in, proving that all one needs to do is start a conversation with good intentions.
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Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her reviews and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Grand Street, Vogue, Harper’s and many other publications. Her book, On Michael Jackson, was published in 2006. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation /Theater Communications Group grant. She has also written and performed two theater pieces at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Culture Project. Her most recent book is Negroland; a memoir.
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