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Robin Givhan on Writing for ‘The Washington Post,’ Her Detroit Childhood, & More

Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s senior critic, recently realized she has now lived on the East Coast longer than she resided in Michigan. Despite this, the Detroit native — who since September 2020 has penned a weekly news column covering politics, race, business, and the arts — says she still feels connected to her regional origins. “I think the place where you grow up highly shapes how you interact with the world,” she says, defining Midwesterners as “pragmatic, warm, and welcoming.”
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Pulitzer Winner Robin Givhan Is Writing a Virgil Abloh Book

While the Grammys may have missed the mark when it comes to honoring the late designer, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Robin Givhan is determined to make sure Virgil Abloh's legacy gets its proper due. According to a blurb announcing the news in Publisher's Marketplace, the book will document Abloh's rise and...
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Must Read: Robin Givhan Is Writing a Virgil Abloh Book, Pyer Moss Announces Bag Collection With First Billboard

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday. Business of Fashion's Lauren Sherman reports that Robin Givhan is working on a book about Virgil Abloh and "how Black American culture, driven by hip-hop, street style and sports, collided with the grand old bastions of high luxury to democratize fashion, create a new global vernacular for state and transform the way each of us constructs our identity through what we wear." Titled "Make it Ours," it'll be published by Crown. {Business of Fashion}

Robin Givhan: The fictional complexity of Michael K. Williams' Omar

The beauty of the character that Michael K. Williams brought to life on “The Wire” was his extraordinary complexity. Omar Little was a Black man who stalked the streets of Baltimore wearing a swashbuckling duster and carrying a deadly sawed-off shotgun. He was a killer and a thief. But he was also funny and eloquent.
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Robin Givhan: Tears and anger for America

The four police officers got choked up with emotion. Their anger, sorrow and fear flooded the hearing room on Capitol Hill. It overflowed the television monitors. It gushed outward with a vengeance. As U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell testified before the House select committee that is investigating the Jan....

Robin Givhan: Tulsa and the cleansing necessity of guilt

President Joe Biden came to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to fill the silence and speak to our guilt. He came to give a full account of America’s story and to remind us that we have to contend with every piece of it; we can’t lay claim to only the beautiful parts. “We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know,” he said during his speech June 1.

Robin Givhan: The Floyds are marking time

The family of George Floyd visited Washington to commemorate the first anniversary of his death. They came to encourage Congress to pass police reform legislation. They came because President Joe Biden invited them. They came because a year is both an eternity and no time at all. In the Oval...

Robin Givhan: In Detroit, Biden returns to old style of politicking

The president jogged up to the podium in Dearborn, Michigan, took his place at the lectern and with a delighted-to-be-here expression on his unmasked face, introduced himself to an audience of autoworkers and their elected officials: “My name is Joe Biden and I’m a car guy.” Cheers erupted from the modest, not-socially-distanced crowd.

Robin Givhan: The space filled by Al Sharpton's prayers and politics

The Rev. Al Sharpton began his remarks the way that so many ministers do. For the first few minutes that he stood at the lectern in his dark suit with a handkerchief billowing from his breast pocket like a cumulus cloud, he cleared his throat. He did so by first acknowledging the other clergy who were present at the May 3 funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. Then he expressed his condolences to Brown’s family and other mourners who had experienced similar losses.

Robin Givhan: In trial testimony, Chauvin is cast beyond the blue wall

The sergeants and the lieutenant, the inspector and the chief all testified with near antiseptic dispassion as they assessed the actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. They didn’t hem and haw as if they were conflicted about their damning testimony and betrayed no hint of empathy born from the shared stresses and dangers of police work.

Media People: Robin Givhan of The Washington Post

In a recent column paying tribute to the late civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan revealed that he once called her many years ago to express his gratitude for an item she penned about his “pitch-perfect” style of Turnbull & Asser shirts, Charvet ties and fedoras — an aesthetic that “drew upon the collage of influences that make this country exceptional but that connect us on common ground.”

Robin Givhan: Americans are stubbornly unmoved by death

The scene looked heartbreakingly familiar: the rumble of tactical vehicles, the swarm of law enforcement officers, the long ribbons of yellow police tape and the eyewitness descriptions thick with residual terror. The deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people, including a police officer, was the second mass shooting in a week.

On Fashion Criticism: Robin Givhan and Elise By Olsen In Conversation

Robin Givhan is the senior critic-at-large for The Washington Post, and has contributed to several important magazines, in print and online, amongst them The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Essence. She has also contributed to many books on fashion and released The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into The Spotlight And Made History in 2016 and Everyday Beauty in 2020. Givhan is the only fashion writer who has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.