Every year, the MacArthur Foundation, the world’s 10th largest foundation, which aims to “support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world”, selects 24 individuals to be the recipients of their extremely prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, colloquially known as the “Genius Grant”, because, well, you basically need to be one to even get on their radar in the first place.
The recipients receive their award in payments over a five year period with no strings attached – the money is theirs to use as they please and they do not have to to check in with their future accomplishments or plans, although with this caliber of individuals, further excellence is SURE to follow.
This year, 40 year old author, journalist, social activist and educator, Ta-Nehisi Coates was one of the 24 recipients…and rightly so. A national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes on cultural and social issues for the esteemed publication, a New York Times best-selling author and a visiting professor at MIT, Coates is the perfect embodiment of taking your talent, honing your craft and becoming known for the excellence you produce.
Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi and if you haven’t checked out his most recent book, Between the World and Me, make sure you do so today. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this literary genius.