Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts to talk about his influences and the future of Black ministry. Rev. Dr. Butts is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church and the president of the State University of New York at Old Westbury.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Zandria F. Robinson to talk about the concept of "country cosmopolitism" and her new book, "This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South". Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Memphis.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio by Daryl Atkinson to talk about mass incarceration's impact on America. Atkinson is a senior staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Karla FC Holloway to talk about her new book, 'Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature' and President Obama. Professor Holloway is the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Law School, Women's Studies and African & African American Studies.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down in the studio with Rapsody to talk about her music, influences, and the gender dynamics in hip hop. Rapsody released her new single, 'Hard to Choose' this week, Rapsody's forthcoming album 'Beauty and The Beast" will be released on October 7th, 2014.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal joins Professor Richard Powell in a walk through The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to discuss the works of Archibald Motley. Prof. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University as well as the curator of the "Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist" exhibit.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Alexis De Veaux to talk about Bell Hooks, Beyoncé, and feminism. De Veaux is a retired Women's Studies Professor from the University of New York at Buffalo and recently released the novel, Yabo.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Chuck D of Public Enemy and Gaye Theresa Johnson. Professor Johnson teaches in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Left of Black with Chaunesti Webb, Lakeisha Coffey, and Claudia Milian
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Chaunesti Webb and Lakeisha Coffey to talk about their upcoming play, I Love My Hair: The Remix. I Love My Hair: The Remix will be opening at the ManBites Dog Theater on January 16, 2014. Later Professor Claudia Milian discuss her new book, Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies. Professor Milian teaches at Duke University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Professor Guthrie Ramsey Jr. to talk about how music today is made, shared, and studied. Prof. Ramsey is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania and recently published, "The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebob".
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Professor Emily Lordi to discuss her new book, "Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature". Professor Lordi is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Professor Rickey Vincent of University of California, Berkeley. Professor Vincent recently released his book, Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down to talk to Professor Ali Colleen Neff about her work with Senegalese praise poets, Mami Wata, and sea punk. Professor Neff is a visiting assistant professor at William and Mary College.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is join by Professor Elizabeth Alexander to discuss the black art aesthetic and whether hip hop is poetry. Professor Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies, American Studies and English at Yale University. Professor Alexander was chosen by President Obama to compose and read a poem for his 2008 inauguration.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down to talk with Erica Lorraine Williams about her new book, "Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements". Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College.
Left of Black with Stephane Dunn and Esther Iverem
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Stephane Dunn and Esther Iverem to talk about black filmmaking and the 2014 awards season. Dunn is an Assistant Professor of English and the Co-Director of Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies at Morehouse College. Iverem is the founder and editor of SeeingBlack.com.