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Greg Tate, a powerful chronicler and critic of Black life and culture, has died at 64

Added 12-07-21 06:07:01pm EST - “Tate was a longtime staff writer at The Village Voice, where he documented Black art and culture. He eventually became a leading figure in cultural criticism.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Greg Tate, a powerful chronicler and critic of Black life and culture, has died at 64”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Greg Tate, in 2016. Nisha Sondhe/Duke University Press hide caption

Greg Tate, the essential music writer, cultural critic and journalist, has died. He was 64. The news was confirmed by a spokesperson at Duke University Press, his publisher. No further details were provided.

Starting in 1987, Tate was a longtime staff writer for The Village Voice, where he documented all facets of Black culture for the storied alt-weekly. Tate covered everything from Eric B. & Rakim to the changing nature of Black identity and the death of Michael Jackson.

"The Voice was the recorder, messenger and proclamatory dictator of what culturally mattered in the province," Tate told NPR, after The Village Voice announced the end of its print version.

Black writers couldn't not be aware of the irony; writing as radically black as you wanted for a press organ that was perceived as very white and gay in the hood. But you also knew that your own more ethnically diverse community was reading the rag, too.

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