Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone

Jamil Smith

Rolling Stone

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jamil:

The Rolling Stone Interview: Barry Jenkins

The Oscar-winning director on his adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Underground Railroad,’ the beauty of black bodies, his unique path to Hollywood, and much more → Read More

George Floyd: Derek Chauvin Murder Defense Relies on Racist Tropes

The defense for former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is relying upon centuries of racial stereotypes and health inequities to make a case for his acquittal → Read More

Georgia Voting: New Law Shows Why Voter Suppression is Violence

Georgia’s barbaric new restrictions not only ban giving food and water to voters in line, but also build upon the Trump election lies that have already cost lives → Read More

Georgia's New Restrictions Show Why Voter Suppression is Violence

Georgia’s barbaric new restrictions not only ban giving food and water to voters in line, but also build upon the Trump election lies that have already cost lives → Read More

John David Washington Does the Right Thing

He’s Hollywood royalty and now a movie star in his own right — but he made sure to take a long, hard road to success → Read More

The Republican Pandemic Aid Plan is a Trick

It’s one the party has tried to pull several times before. Except now, a pandemic is killing nearly 100,000 Americans per month → Read More

Biden's First Week in Office Showed Why Accountability Must Come First

Biden’s first week indicates just how much triage he must perform on a broken nation, and why unity cannot take priority over accountability → Read More

The Second Trump Impeachment Revealed That American Unity is a Fantasy

National harmony is impossible without true accountability, especially when a major political party enables sedition and white-supremacist terrorism → Read More

'My Experience Is My Expertise': Deja Foxx on Being a Presidential Campaign Staffer at 19, Influencers, and Sexuality in Politics

The GenZ reproductive rights activist sat down with Rolling Stone for “The Next Wave” series, on the new leaders who will shape America’s future → Read More

Pro-Trump Mob's Attack on the Capitol Is White Supremacy on Parade

The Trump mob’s siege on the Capitol was white supremacy in full, a violent assertion that only they are fit to select a president → Read More

Trump's Lost Cause: Jamil Smith Commentary

The fight underway to keep Trumpism alive post-presidency has an ugly and worrisome precedent in American history → Read More

Georgia Senate Races: Why Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue Need to Go

Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have enabled Trump’s abuses and haven’t come close to serving their constituency in this moment of catastrophe → Read More

Trump Is Showing Us Why the Death Penalty Needs to Die

As he rushes executions and promotes barbaric practices, Trump and his lame-duck administration are making the best argument for a permanent end to capital punishment → Read More

GSA's Emily Murphy Ends Transition Delay. Damage May Already Be Done

Biden’s transition to the presidency may finally begin, but the ramifications of Trump’s lame-duck sabotage will linger well beyond Inauguration Day → Read More

Ta-Nehisi Coates on HBO's 'Between the World and Me,' Quitting Twitter

The acclaimed author discusses HBO's adaptation of his breakout book, 'Between the World and Me,' who he's writing for, why he quit Twitter, life in the Covid era, and much more → Read More

Trump Never Saw Voters of Color as Americans. We Set Him Straight

Trump never wanted to be a president for all Americans. Now he’ll be president for none of them → Read More

I Voted, For Tamir Rice

The young victim of a Cleveland policeman’s bullet would have been old enough to vote this Election Day, so keep him and others without a voice in mind as we use our voices in their stead → Read More

Why Julián Castro Thinks Biden Can Win His Native Texas

The former San Antonio Mayor, HHS Secretary, and primary contest rival of the Democratic nominee talks with Rolling Stone about why President Trump is suddenly vulnerable there, and why a victory in the Lone Star State could open the door to Democratic dominance for decades to come → Read More

Trump Still Wants to Be President, But He Never Wanted the Job

Power, not actual governance, interests Republicans — so even after a Trump term that proved how essential a competent bureaucracy is, they are still fighting to hold onto jobs they don’t want to do → Read More

Environmental Justice: How to Improve Joe Biden's Plan

Joe Biden’s plan to address environmental justice is historic, ambitious, and has no competition from Trump — but we should push it to be even better → Read More