Published Work


“I Know Alone,” Lunch Ticket, August 2020

“No True West,” Bridge Eight Press, April 2020

nonsermonsoriginally published biweekly on New South Journal:

#1: my religion

#2: my selves

#3: my meanings

#4: my unbelief

#5: my prayers

#6: my ghosts

#7: my church

#8: my soul


“Re-mystifying Language: A Review of E.J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others,” The Adroit Journal, September 2020

“Suburban Wars: A Review of 33 1/3’s Pretty Hate Machine and The Suburbs,” The Athenaeum Review, May 2020

“Fraying the Thread of Whiteness: A Review of Jess Row’s White Flights,” The Adroit Journal, December 2019

“To Whom Does Music Belong? A Review of Why Karen Carpenter Matters and Why Lhasa de Sela Matters,” The Athenaeum Review, November 2019

“A Small Revolution Within a Larger One: A Review of Women Talking,” The Athenaeum Review, August 2019

“A Group, a Sound, and an Era: A Review of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on a Tribe Called Quest,” May 2019

Academic Publications:

“DAMNed to the Earth: Kendrick Lamar, De/colonialism, and Earthbound Salvation,” co-authored chapter with Melanie Jones in Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning, ed. Christopher M. Driscoll, Monica R. Miller, and Anthony B. Pinn, Routledge, October 2019

“The Free Black Artist: Frank Ocean Through a Decolonial Lens,” Black Theology: An International Journey, 6 Dec. 2018,

Fiction & Poetry:

“The One About Us,” poem in FreezeRay Poetry, Issue 15, Spring 2018

“Admission,” poem in Epigraph Magazine, Issue 16, Fall 2017

“God Rests His Soul,” short story in eleven40seven, Fall 2012

“If I Don’t Get Picked,” poem in eleven40seven, Spring 2011

Articles for DJBooth:

Editor’s Picks:

“The Actor Is Present: Childish Gambino’s Last Act,” November 2019

“Tyler, the Creator’s Fearless, Anti-Frankenstein Reinvention,” May 2019

“Vince Staples Knows You’re Having ‘FUN!’ (That May Not be a Good Thing),” November 2018

4:44 One Year Later: Reframing a Legacy Through JAY-Z’s Short Films,” June 2018

“Listeners in the Hands of a Projected God: Yeezus Five Years Later,” June 2018

“5 Ways to Talk About Spotify’s Hateful Conduct Policy & its Implications,” May 2018

“Kill Our Darlings: J. Cole, Kanye West, and the Problem with Role Models,” April 2018

“The Get Out Soundtrack That Could Have Been,” February 2018

DAMN. in Reverse is a Warning and a Wake-Up Call,” December 2017, 5th most read article of the year

“A Fascinating Theory Linking JAY-Z’s 4:44 & Page 444 of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” August 2017

Other Selected Articles:

“So It Goes: Mac Miller’s Duty-Dance With Death,” September 2018

“White People, You Don’t Have to Say the N-Word,” May 2018

“For Hip Hop to Be Great, It Must Remain Complex,” March 2018