Donnell Alexander

Donnell Alexander

I am a storyteller and editor.

Consumers probably know me best for the memoir Ghetto Celebrity (Crown, 2003) and the story of Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No. I also lecture and facilitate. donnellellisalexander@gmail.com

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The Village Voice

Giving Up on White People | Village Voice

Peering up at Portland through CNN, we mostly see Americans determined to lead the unraveling. If you cock your head a certain way, the rioting Portlanders look less like the vanguard than just another edition of white people wilding out.

fusion.net

How to bring a revolution to rural Oregon | Fusion

A newcomer in rural government, where how deep one’s roots go might count as much as how much money a person has, White is flagrant in treating his campaign as an experiment based on his writing.

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Grantland

Consider the Merkin: A Brief History of Pubic Wigs in Hollywood «

“Cleopatra was known for her beautiful, long, luxurious pubic hair, which she proudly wore brushed and oiled, and she was known to admire — and display — her pubic hair in the shiny marble floors and the light, diaphanous gowns of the time.”

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National Public Radio

In Hollywood, An Urban Legend Worth A Fact-Check npr.org

"To me, this conversation always comes back to the Booty Call-Rosewood conversation," says director Barry Jenkins.

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The Village Voice

Peering Into the Souls of White Folk

In our era of creeping wokeness, in the coasts' liberal precincts, the average black person can feel like a celebrity. Only, sometimes the celebrity it seems you are is Leslie Jones.

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eephusmag.com

I Remember Mamba - Eephus

The Kobe I prefer to remember is a tender young buck, the pre-Mamba anomaly. Harold Miner 2.0. Understand when I say Harold Miner 2.0 that, as Kobe Bryant was ascendant, NBA progressives were on the prowl for an MJ update. The Next Jordan. Space Jam or nah, sport’s largest superstar was actually in early decline.

Rolling Stone

The Darkness in Burns, Oregon

During the 45 minutes I spend inside the occupied refuge, I experience a calm and acceptance that is utterly unlike the vibe back in Burns. The occupiers ask me to stay, and invite me to eat. I talk to several other people in addition to Ehmer, and at no point do I feel racial animus.

Still, I ask Ehmer the question...

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TIME

Review: Straight Outta Compton Is a Bio-pic With a Sanitized Attitude

N.W.A’s gritty, complicated history deserves an equally complex film adaptation, something closer to the “reality rap” its members claimed to create.

Jezebel

I Love My Children and I Owe Them So Much Money

This is so not the fatherhood I’d imagined as a male raised by a sometimes super-poor single mother or, for that matter, as a regular, paycheck-to-paycheck father, which I was for more than a dozen years—in home and across town.

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dockshort.com

Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No: A Short Film

The short has been hailed as, among other things, one of the greatest baseball films ever. The audio narrative was created by me, with Neille Ilel.

Oregon Humanities

Uncovered

An undocumented family’s long wait for adequate health care.

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YouTube

'When a Ball Hits a Dead Bat, it Dies' - YouTube

Dock Ellis and Gaylord Perry, together again. A visual meditation on cheating, from my enhanced ebook Beyond Ellis D, produced with Thor Swift.

leafly.com

How the NFL Enabled the 'Gas Mask' Fiasco - Leafly

By now you’ve heard plenty about the gas mask bong kid. Probably.

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stitcher.com

Crate Diggers - Ep. 23 – Donnell Alexander | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

Crate Diggers is a music / interview podcast using vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between musicians and other cool people.

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Donnell Alexander's GHETTO CELEBRITY

Ghetto Celebrity named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 2003!