Michael Arceneaux

The brilliant mind behind I Can’t Date Jesus goes deep on culture, religion, sexuality and money.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2018 memoir I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. His latest release is the upcoming essay collection, I Don’t Want To Die Poor. Both books are published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Additionally, his writing on culture, politics, gender, sexuality, and identity has been featured in several outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Wired, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Esquire, Elle, Vulture, The Atlantic, Ebony, Comedy Central Online, among numerous others. Moreover, his work has been referenced 

Michael’s has also lent regular commentary on outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, VH1, Viceland, SiriusXM Radio, and others. More recently, Michael was featured in Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall, which chronicled the impact of the student loan crisis on Black college graduate and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath.

His works have been featured everywhere from Jezebel to MSNBC and even been deemed required reading for courses at Harvard University. Essence magazine once named him  one of the top #BlackTwitter voices to follow. In 2018, The Root named Michael as part of The Root 100, their annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. 

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Simon & Schuster Books

Watch Micheal Arceneaux talk about his new book I Don’t Want to Die Poor, why it’s important to talk about money, and why Millennials can’t buy houses.


Author Michael Arceneaux On His Book “I Can’t Date Jesus,” Beyoncé, And His “Thotty Leanings”

Jezebel Quickies

Michael Arceneaux, author of “I Can’t Date Jesus,” answers the Jezebel Questionnaire.