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Rembert Browne (born 1987) is a writer who primarily focuses on pop culture, politics and sports.[1] Previously Browne wrote for Grantland, then for New York Magazine.[2][3]

Rembert Browne
Born1987 (age 31–32)
EducationDartmouth College
Home townAtlanta, Georgia
SubjectPop culture, sports, politics

Early lifeEdit

Browne grew up in Atlanta and attended The Paideia School. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a degree in sociology, public policy and geography. While attending Dartmouth, Browne wrote for The Dartmouth, the student newspaper.[4] He later attended Columbia University in pursuit of a Master's degree in Urban Planning but left the program when he was offered a full-time position at Grantland. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Andrea Gompf.


Browne has drawn notice for his journalism on a wide variety of topics, including music,[5] sports,[6] and politics,[7] interviewing President Obama on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March[8] and serving as a moderator of the Iowa Democratic Brown and Black Presidential Forum during the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.[9] Browne covered the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for New York Magazine in 2016.[10]

In 2016, Forbes magazine named Browne to its 30 Under 30 list,[11] citing his work on "everything from reporting on the ground in Ferguson, to interviewing President Obama on Air Force One, to covering pop culture."[12] The A.V. Club has called him "a thoughtful critic who speaks with the voice of young America"[13] and Brooklyn Magazine included him on its list of "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture," praising his "sharp-witted, playful and incisive voice."[14] Offering a eulogy for Grantland after ESPN shuttered the website, The New Republic said Browne illustrated the way Grantland was "fun because it was smart, and because it was run by human beings...Browne’s long, absurdly detailed critical analysis of a photo of Nicki Minaj surrounded by dorky teenagers at a bar mitzvah[15] [was] a singular example of how much fun one could have on the inspired, creative bit of fun."[16]

USA Today named Browne's Grantland piece on Kevin Durant to its list of "The 13 Greatest Pieces of Sportswriting in 2013"[17] and Flavorwire cited his reporting on the Ferguson protests as "Longform You Have to Read: Race in America."[18]

Other mediaEdit

Other projects led by Browne include Grantland's Rembert Explains podcast—praised by The A.V. Club as "knowledgeable and enthusiastic...making for a spirited conversation"[19]—as well as a popular Tumblr called Peak Blackness.[20] He spoke at The New Museum's Ideas City conference on Detroit[21] and at the Museum of the Moving Image's screening of ESPN's 30 for 30: O.J.: Made in America.[22]

With Ta-Nehisi Coates, Browne co-wrote Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6 for Marvel Comics, published April 19, 2017.[23]


  1. ^ "Rembert Browne Joins New York Magazine As Writer-at-Large". New York Press Room. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Miller, James Andrew. "The Drama Continues at Grantland". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "CisionScoop | Rembert Browne Exits New York Mag". Cision. March 15, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Longform: Longform Podcast #146: Rembert Browne". Longform. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Drucker, Eric (December 30, 2015). "A Rational Conversation: Rembert Browne On Music In 2015, Even During The Hard Times". NPR. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Tsuji, Alysha (June 3, 2016). "Doris Burke says Drake pointed at her and made a heart sign during Raptors Game 6". USAToday. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Starr, Terrell Jermaine (July 10, 2016). "How Bernie Sanders lost black voters". Fusion. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Sargent, Jordan (August 12, 2015). "Landing An Interview With Barack Obama Isn't Cool Anymore". Gawker. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Aleem, Zeeshan (January 12, 2016). "Here's What You Need to Know About Monday's Brown & Black Forum". Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Brown, Elizabeth Nolan (July 25, 2016). "Sex, Booze, and Boehner's Warehouse: An RNC Nightlife Recap". Reason. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Emerson, Bo (January 8, 2016). "Forbes '30 Under 30' includes Atlanta entrepreneurs". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Inverso, Emily. "Rembert Browne, 28 – In Photos: 2016 30 Under 30: Media". Forbes. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  13. ^ Cannon, Ben (February 2, 2015). "Miranda July nerds out, while David Cross and Jon Hamm laugh it up". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Magazine, Brooklyn (March 1, 2016). "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Browne, Rembert (April 27, 2015). "Going Way Too Deep Down the Rabbit Hole With Nicki Minaj's Recent Bar Mitzvah Appearance". Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  16. ^ Shephard, Alex (October 30, 2015). "A Eulogy for Grantland". New Republic. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  17. ^ Shanoff, Dan (December 31, 2013). "The 13 greatest pieces of sportswriting in 2013". USA Today. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  18. ^ Donnelly, Elisabeth (August 28, 2014). "Longform You Have to Read: Race in America". Flavorwire. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  19. ^ Cannon, Ben (March 9, 2015). "Jessica Hopper talks The First Collection Of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Demby, Gene (December 4, 2012). "In Search of Peak Blackness". PostBourgie. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  21. ^ Abbey-Lambertz, Kate (May 9, 2016). "What Every Artist Needs To Know About Fighting Gentrification". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  22. ^ Yates, Clinton (May 19, 2016). "Ezra Edelman". The Undefeated. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  23. ^ Markus, Tucker Chet. "World of Wakanda: The Return of Kasper Cole". News | Marvel Comics. Retrieved April 23, 2017.

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