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 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 visits with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. Zollar and her dance troupe, Urban Bush Women are partaking in a two-week residency at Duke University. Urban Bush Women celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
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 speaks to Professor Ruth Nicole Brown about her new book, "Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood". Professor Brown is an assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies, African Studies, and the Ethnography of the University Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 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 is joined by Rev. Raphael Warnock to talk about the state of the black church and his new book, "The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness". Rev. Warnock is the senior pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.
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 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.
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 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 sits down with Professor E. Patrick Johnson to talk about his play, Sweet Tea. Professor Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Sweet Tea will be touring this spring at Williams College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Brown 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 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.