"Well, I initially wanted to publish the stories in Long Division as two separate consecutive stories, as opposed to overlapping stories. They weren’t feeling much of what I wanted to do with the book structurally or racially. I have no ill feeling toward Putnam/Penguin, though. The crazy thing is that so many other New York publishers passed on the book, yet I’ve outsold so many of their titles in just half a year. We need more folks in those corporations that actually understand black and brown reading possibilities. That means we need more folks from our communities who aren’t scared of white people and white power. And/Or we need our own publishing platforms. There are tons of potential readers who just want to be written to. Tons. I knew I had an audience. They just didn’t believe."
"In the aftermath of Beyonce’s new album release we are seeing the supremacy of a certain kind of Black creative. This Black creative is uber-famous, uber-rich, pop(ulist) and also visionary. They are transcending the politics of the entertainment industry while appealing to the masses. Creatives like Beyonce, Pharrell, Janelle Monae and Solange can sell records but they can also transform culture in profound ways. Kanye West, however, who should belong to this peer group, is slowly pigeonholing himself into historical obscurity. It’s like Twitter user @secondnameisval tweeted: ‘Yonce out here achieving everything Yeezus ever whined about. She creates culture. She’s not asking to be at anyone’s table.’"