D Watkins is a Baltimore writer whose work has been published in Vice and Salon. His debut memoir, Cook Up, will be released by Grand Central in 2015.
The school of failure
The worst public schools do one thing very well – they teach poor black kids how to stay in the American underclass
Biography and memoir
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home