Morgan Jerkins
Morgan Jerkins is an essayist and novelist from New Jersey. Her works have appeared in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, Salon, The Toast, Quartz, and Talking Points Memo among others. She's also the Blog Editor for Side B Magazine.

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The Birth Certificate

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My birth certificate is a thin, yellow slip that states my name, Morgan Simone Regis Jerkins. Underneath my name are thirty-five dashes that reside in the place meant to indicate “Name of Father.” I quivered the first time that I saw it. Not even a blank space or an asterisk to indicate that my father’s…

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Kendrick Lamar: Shapeshifter

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A little over three months ago, Kendrick Lamar appeared on “The Colbert Report,” where he debuted an untitled song and shared his views on his self-identity in an interview with Colbert. What struck me during Kendrick’s interview was that he identifies as a writer more so than a rapper. This distinction is notable because people…