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Lewis, Miles Marshall locked

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(b New York, NY, Dec 18, 1970). American journalist, essayist, and editor. Lewis graduated from Morehouse College in 1993 with a degree in sociology. He has published extensively on music and popular culture in magazines including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Source, The Believer, and Spin, and served in editorial positions at Vibe, XXL, Oneworld, and BET.com. His writing incorporates a collector’s love of pop culture esoterica with a deep interest in the social history of African American life, and relies heavily on personal reflection. Lewis’s collection of essays Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises (New York, 2004) is a personal exploration of hip hop’s history, told through the lens of his own upbringing in the Bronx in the 1970s and 80s, as well as his subsequent work as a journalist and hip hop critic. His second book is a contribution to the Continuum Press 33 1/3 series of album monographs, examining the creation of Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On (New York, 2006). In 2010, he self-published his first novel, Irrésistible. In response to the US–Iraq War, Lewis immigrated in 2004 to Paris, where he lives and writes. He blogs on music, pop culture, and the African American expatriate community in Paris at http://furthermucker.tumblr.com/.