On May 20th, Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal will discover the results from his genetic ancestry testing. Charmaine Royal explains genetic ancestry testing and talks about genetic testing's implications on race. Royal is the director of Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) at Duke University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with spoken word poet, Dasan Ahanu. Ahanu is also an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Augustine’s University and a 2015 –2016 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at Harvard University’s Hip-Hop Archives at the W.E.B Du Bois institute.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Ashley Farmer to discuss the Black Power movement of the 1960’s influence on the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Farmer is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History at Duke University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva to discuss President Obama’s position on race in America and the digitization of social movements. Bonilla-Silva is a Professor of Sociology at Duke University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Sheena C. Howard to discuss Howard’s book, “Black Queer Identity Matrix” and the importance of a black, gay charater on ‘Empire’. Howard is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Rider University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down in the John Hope Franklin studio with choreographer Ron K. Brown and musician Jason Moran. Brown and Moran are collaborating this year at Duke University on the intersection of dance and jazz.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Lerone A. Martin to discuss his top five foundational black preachers. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center of Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Joel Christian Gill to talk about his graphic novels, “Strange Fruit vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History” and “Tales of the Talented Tenth”. Gill is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Liana and Jabari Asim to talk about protest and the criticism of pop culture figures. Liana Asim is a playwright and a librettist. Jabari Asim is an author, poet, and playwright.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal talks with Derrick White his memories of historian and scholar, Vincent Harding. White is a visiting associate professor teaching in the Department of History at Dartmouth College. White is the author of "The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Acitivism in the 1970s".
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio with Nicole Fleetwood to talk about the Black icon. Fleetwood is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. Fleetwood’s latest book, “On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination” is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in June 2015.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Lynnell L. Thomas to discuss the parallels between Ferguson and New Orleans. Thomas is an Associate Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Thomas recently published a book entitled, “Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory”.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Professor Quincy T. Mills to discuss his book, "Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America". Professor Mills teaches history at Vassar College.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio with composer and musician Neo Muyanga. Muyanga is the co-founder of the Pan African Space Station and is currently working on a libretto, Revolting Music.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is join in studio by Harry Weinger to talk about producing from an archive and the Marvin Gaye archives. Weinger is a producer, writer and educator who is currently Vice President of A&R for Universal Music Enterprises. Weinger teaches at New York University.