Natalie Hopkinson is a staff writer for The Washington Post. She is a Scripps Howard doctoral fellow in media studies at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she is also a visiting professor of journalism. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Palm Beach Post, Washington City Paper and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A graduate of Howard University, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.
"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 of Check 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