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.
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".
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 with Regina Bradley and Julius Bailey
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Julius Bailey and Regina Bradley to talk about hip hop and the academy. Recently, Bradley contributed to and Bailey edited the volume, "The Cultural Impact of Kanye West."
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.