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Where do we start? Morgan Parker asks. We are sitting in June on Court Street on a Saturday night in early February, it’s loud, and we’re drinking. “I’m a 29-year-old, five foot tall, single black woman.” She lives in Bed-Stuy with her beloved miniature poodle, Braeburn. He’s named after a variety of apple—Parker is really into apples. “A lot of my friends here thought my middle name was Apple,” she says. “It isn’t.” Instead,...
An unwillingness to budge is a good way to put your stamp on the world, and Morgan Parker has managed to do so with a passionate, uncompromising voice that examines black femininity in our current American culture. Her poetry has appeared in some of the usual places poems do (Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, Tin House) and some in more surprising venues (BuzzFeed and Lenny Letter). That’s a testament to how her work speaks...
Plenty of lines get tossed around about Millennials: They have no respect for elders; they’re entitled; they don’t read; they’re up-talkers. Well, maybe some are. But if we’ve confirmed anything about Millennials in the last few weeks, as we got to know dozens of the best and brightest from Brooklyn’s New Guard—our annual list of 30 Under 30—on several field trips to Coney Island, it’s that they can also put most of the rest of...

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