Natalie Y. Moore


Natalie Y. Moore is a freelance writer who has worked for The Detroit News and The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Black Enterprise, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Seattle Times, Detroit Metro-Times, Detroit News,,, and The Oregonian. She has a bachelor's from from Howard University and a master's from Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago.

Deconstructing Tyrone

"With compassion, wit and keen intelligence, the authors have touched upon our rarely spoken truths. Here is a vision of the complex, vibrant humanity living outside the bleak statistics and damning headlines."
— William Jelani Cobb, author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic

"Hopkinson and Moore have written a groundbreaking and provocative book that shows what happens when you care enough to deconstruct. This very important work breaks down the myths surrounding Black masculinity in a way that inspires hope and points the way toward change. From Detroit hip-hop mayors to babydaddies, these women provide fuller pictures of Black masculinity and use their journalistic training to begin the healing. Brothers and sisters will find a place in this work to begin much needed dialogues, and the world will find a space to see for the first time a real and honest critique of Black masculinity. A deconstruction done in love, this book is a must-read for all."
— Gwendolyn D. Pough, author o fCheck It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture and the Public Sphere

“A magnificent job. Deconstructing Tyrone is well-written, thoughtfully and masterfully constructed, highly informative, and provocative. I, a child of the Black Power and Civil Rights era, found substantial relevance to my generation and to my own experience. Indeed, there is much in Deconstructing Tyrone that is universal in its perspective, crossing lines of color, age, and nationality.”
— Blanche Richardson, Marcus Bookstores