Charles M. Blow

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Charles M. Blow
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Blow in 2014
Charles McRay Blow

(1970-08-11) August 11, 1970 (age 50)
Alma materGrambling State University (BA)
OccupationJournalist, columnist, writer
EmployerThe New York Times

Charles McRay Blow (born August 11, 1970) is an American journalist, commentator, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Life and career[edit]

Blow was born and raised in Gibsland, Louisiana.[1][2] He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.[3]

As a student, he interned at the Shreveport Times, News Journal, and The New York Times, edited the student newspaper, the Gramblinite, and founded the now-defunct student magazine, Razz. He also served as president of Grambling State's chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.[4][5]

He headed the graphics department at The New York Times and was art director at National Geographic.[6]

In April 2008, he began writing a column in The New York Times. His column had originally appeared biweekly on Saturdays. In May 2009, it became a weekly feature and appeared twice, weekly, in December 2012. As of May 2014, it appears every Monday and Thursday.[3]

Blow often appears on CNN and MSNBC.

On February 22, 2012, Blow referred to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "magic underwear", an apparent reference to the Temple Garment, in response to a comment by Romney about two parent households.[7][8] The comment was criticized as insensitive to Mormons. In response, Romney joked that "I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased."[8] Blow later apologized.[8][9]

Blow speaking at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017

In 2014, Blow published the book-length memoir entitled Fire Shut Up In My Bones.[10]

In August 2016, while appearing on CNN with Donald Trump presidential campaign delegate Bruce Levell, Blow called Donald Trump a "bigot" and said that anyone who supported Trump is "a part of the bigotry itself."[11][12] In response to the Central Park birdwatching incident Blow wrote an op-ed in which he said, "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."[13]

In 2021, Blow published The Devil You Know: A Black Manifesto in which he advocates people of color taking direct action by moving to states where they can build a political majority.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Blow's primary residence is in Atlanta, Georgia and his secondary residence is in the New York City borough of Brooklyn where he raised his children.[15][16][17][3] His eldest son, Tahj, graduated from Yale University[18] and his twins, Ian and Iman, graduated from Middlebury College and Columbia University respectively.[19][20] In 2014, Blow came out publicly as bisexual.[21][22] He is divorced.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Charles M. Blow". Media Makers. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Tiger happenings" (PDF). Grambling University. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Charles M. Blow's Biography". The HistoryMakers. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Washington, K. C. "Charles Blow (1970- )".
  6. ^ Blow, Charles M. (September 8, 2019). "Opinion | Maps Don't Lie". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Charles Blow Is Sorry for Mentioning Mitt Romney's 'Magic Underwear'". New York Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Times Columnist Apologizes For Mormon Jab [UPDATED]". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "NY Times' Charles Blow Apologizes For 'Magic Underwear' Comment". Mediaite. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Charles Blow: "Up From Pain," Sex Abuse, and Bisexuality". Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Oh, Inae (August 23, 2016). ""Donald Trump Is a Bigot. There's No Other Way to Get Around It."". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  12. ^ DeVega, Chauncey. ""You're supporting a bigot. That makes you part of the bigotry." Charles Blow's master class in cutting through Trump hackery". Salon. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Blow, Charles M. (May 28, 2020). "Opinion | How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror" – via
  14. ^ Firing Line - Charles Blow interview,, March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 6, 2021
  15. ^ Charles M. Blow [@CharlesMBlow] (January 1, 2020). "Waited to the new year to share this: I'm moving to Atlanta. I'll keep my place in Brooklyn and come back often because my kids are in NY and I have some biz here, but ATL will be my primary residence. None of my employment will change. Move also related to my forthcoming book" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2021 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Lamb, Brian (March 15, 2011). "Q & A: interview transcript Charles M. Blow". C-SPAN. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  18. ^ Blow, Charles (January 26, 2015). "At Yale, the Police Detained My Son". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  19. ^ Charles M. Blow [@CharlesMBlow] (December 8, 2017). "My kids: Tahj = Graduated from Yale. Evolutionary bio major. On his way to medical school. Iman = 3rd year at Columbia. Deans list. Pre-med. National/international fencing star. Ian Ahmad = 3rd year at Middlebury. Studying computer science. GTFOH" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 9, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2021 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Fencing Champion Graduates with a Degree in Biology". Columbia News.
  21. ^ "NY Times' Charles M. Blow Writes on Being Bisexual in New Book". September 3, 2014.
  22. ^ "New York Times Columnist Charles Blow On Revealing He's Bisexual In His New Book". The Huffington Post. September 26, 2014.

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