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.

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An Oregon Canyon | Oregon Humanities

A short film on "how racism is literally inscribed on our geography." Directed with Sika Stanton.

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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.”


Green Goblins | UnFictional | Radio Documentary and Storytelling | KCRW

A story of baseball, fatherhood and what it's like to be the black team.

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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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National Public Radio

In Hollywood, An Urban Legend Worth A Fact-Check

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

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Funny or Die

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

The animated doc has been hailed as one of the great baseball films. Neille Ilel produced the audio narrative with me.


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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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.

Oregon Humanities


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

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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.

The word ‘cuck’ has always been about race: Inside the alt-right’s favorite insult

There’s something perfectly obvious about the white right propagating a term based on women and black men’s shared history as property.

Also: I did not write that headline.

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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'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.

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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.

Also: I didn't write this headline.