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Keables Scholar Jelani Cobb
Keables Scholar Jelani Cobb

William Jelani Cobb, 'Iolani School's first Keables Scholar (an expansion of the Harold Keables Chair of English program), spent four days (Nov. 27-30) guest teaching various 'Iolani School classes.

Cobb, who is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker, gave a public lecture and answered questions at the Keables Scholar Community Night on Nov. 29 in Seto Hall.

He has previously taught at Spelman College, Rutgers University, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Cobb's books include The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress (Walker, 2010), To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (2007), a 2007 finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing of the Arts Club of Washington, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Essence, Vibe, Emerge, The Progressive, The Washington City Paper, One Magazine, and Ebony.

Cobb has been a commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News, and other national broadcast outlets. Cobb won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his The New Yorker columns on race, the police, and injustice. He is also the recipient of the Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer's Guild of America for his investigative series "Policing the Police," which aired on PBS Frontline.