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 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 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 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.
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.
Mark Anthony Neal is joined by TheRoot.com's own David Swerdlick to talk about modern journalism and Obama's influence on his career. Later, Mark is joined my Esther Armah to discuss her Emotional Justice Project and its holiday campaign for forgiveness, The F-Word.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Yaba Blay to talk about her new book (1) Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Yaba Blay is an assistant professor and co-director of the Africana Studies program at Drexel University.
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 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 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 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 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.