Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and author.


Michael is the New York Times bestselling author of the book I Can’t Date Jesus, which was released on July 24, 2018 from 37 Ink/Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.

Additionally, he writes the advice column "Dearly Beloved" for Into and serves as a regular contributor to sites like Essence, Complex, The Root, among others. He’s also written for the New York Times magazine, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Wired, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, them., Mic News, Esquire, NBCTHINK, Time Ideas, New York magazine’s Vulture, Salon, The Atlantic, NPR’s Code Switch, Comedy Central Online, and numerous additional outlets.

In the past, you could find Michael in his most natural state on The Cynical Ones, a humor blog filled with commentary on politics, pop culture, and personal anecdotes. The Root once named Michael named one of the Best Black Bloggers to Know . ESSENCE magazine named him one of the top #BlackTwitter voices to follow.

His work has been referenced everywhere from The Weekly Standard to Jezebel to MSNBC and even been deemed required reading for courses at Harvard University. Michael’s has also been featured on on MSNBC, NPR, BET, VH1, CBS News, VicelandSiriusXM Radio, in addition to various radio interviews on nationally syndicated programs.