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Jenna Wortham

Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine — The New York Times
Covers:  start-ups, howwelivenow, business, internet, thenewebeconomy, internetculture

Black Bill Gates in the making. Staff writer @NYTMag and co-host of Still Processing | △△△

Social Media Got You Down? Be More Like Beyoncé — In Gary Shteyngart's 2010 novel, "Super Sad True Love Story," characters carry around smart devices called äppäräts, which are something like iPhones on meth. The book is set in the near future. Staten Island is the new Brooklyn, and all the characters use their äppäräts to chat and shop and beam their lives out to the world, nonstop.

‘Identity Is a Hoax, People!’ — This week, we discuss Sunday's prime-time Emmy Awards broadcast, which Jenna barely wanted to watch. Then something amazing happens: a call from somebody who has an Emmy! Yup, it's RuPaul, winner of this year's Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program.

‘You Can’t Code Your Way Out of Racism’ — This week, we meet for breakfast to talk through our conflicting feelings about the new film "When the Bough Breaks," the No. 2 movie in America. Jenna loved it; Wesley not so much. We also decode the inherent racism of the sharing economy.

For Gay and Transgender Teens, Will It Get Better? — It's easy to assume that now must be a better time than ever to be a lesbian, gay or bisexual teenager. We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Our culture has grown more accepting, too; one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Frank Ocean's, embraces his desire for men.

There’s a Lot We Need to Talk About — Hey everybody! We - Wesley and Jenna - are introducing a new podcast today. It's called Still Processing, and it's a show about our promiscuous definition of "culture." We're both writers at The New York Times, with very different focuses. Jenna is obsessed with Beyoncé, the evolution of the digital world and all things time travel.

Success of Crowdfunding Puts Pressure on Entrepreneurs — Much of the time this works out. But some projects, including several prominent and in-demand ones, have run into missteps and lengthy delays. The permits for a new food truck might not come through. Or a gadget like the Elevation Dock might be harder than expected to manufacture and ship.

Black Health Matters — All the rage and mourning and angst works to exhaust you; it eats you alive with its relentlessness. These slayings obey no humane logic. They force you to reconcile your own helplessness in the face of such brutal injustice, and the terrifying reality that it could happen to you, or someone you hold dear.

Turning Instagram Into a Radically Unfiltered Travel Guide — When I was a kid, "Quantum Leap" was one of my favorite TV shows. Its conceit was ludicrous, but in a way that allowed for maximum entertainment: A time-travel experiment gone awry forces the handsome Dr. Sam Beckett to "leap" among different bodies at various points in history.

The Bloop Guide to Wellness — Bloop is a joint venture between Aminatou Sow and Jenna Wortham . Bloop is a combination of "black" and "Goop" -  basically, what it would be like if Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop were written exclusively by and for blackwomen. Bloop baes! How's summer treating you? You still out there looking cute and shit?

A Flashy Bet for Yahoo on a Shift in Social Media — Plus, Facebook is still a force to be reckoned with. The company has a billion-plus users and generated $5 billion in revenue last year. But except for the Instagram acquisition, Facebook has been slow to introduce tools to let members make and create interesting content beyond uploading photos and videos.
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