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.
A fighter, legend and game-changer, Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. The South African leader's voice and story spread way outside his home borders, and his contributions will never be forgotten. See how rappers and singers reacted to his death and legacy on Twitter.
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.
Jay-Z and wife Beyonce showed up at a Barneys event Wednesday night despite cries for the hip-hop mogul to sever ties with the high-end department store. PIX 11 News obtained exclusive video of Jay and Bey inside Barneys on Wednesday night.
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 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.