About me: 
I’m Stephen Kearse, a freelance reporter and critic. This blog is old, y’all, but I keep it around to stay humble (it’s also nice to have around when I’m feeling peeved). I tend to write and report on race, music, movies, books, and American history. I also like to write about language, television, food, video games, and technology.

These days my writing can mostly be found elsewhere, so subscribing via email or following me on Twitter are your best bets if you want to keep up with my work.

Feel free to comment on any post or reach out on Twitter. If you’re not a tweeter (good for you, homie), I’m available via Google’s mail service at “sfkearse.”

My writing portfolio can be found here, and here are my author pages for Complex, The Baffler, Uproxx, Pitchfork, and Paste.  I’ve been at this for a while, so keep your eye on that timestamp if anything you read seems funky. It’s been a process.

See you around and thanks for reading.




15 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I have an assignment where i want to compare Illmatic to a modern rap album with the same themes as Illmatic got. etc. urban city life or growing up in the projects. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Stumbled upon your site somehow, read a couple of articles and I just want to say “yassssssssssss!” I’m loving your style! How refreshing are you sir!

  3. Dear Mr. Kearse, I’m an Italian Ph.D. student working on African American contemporary autobiographies. I found your “After Truth?” very fascinating and I’d love to discuss it with you. It makes a lot of sense when you write that blackness is flexible and inclusive enough to accomodate individuality but, regardless of our liking or not Touré’s book, I was wondering: don’t you think that post-blackness could be applied not to describe a change in blackness itself, but in the context in which blackness is experienced? (the post-Civil Rights scene, in which racism is rampant but has different characteristics than in the past?) Also, do you think there is some truth in the fact that the pressure towards “being authentic” can influence someone’s life negatively? Have you read Prof. Ashe’s theorization of a post-soul literature and what do you think about it? These are just questions that arise from my readings, and from the perspective of a European student interested in knowing and understanding as much as possible of the literature she’s writing about, so I could be completely off track, and I’d love to hear back from you to have your opinion. Thank you in advance!

  4. All late but just read your article response to Maafa 21. Thank you. You saved me some time and energy.

  5. Hey Stephen – my name is Julian, I am an independent music publicist. Would it be possible to send you some records to consider for coverage? Thanks for your time!

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