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Mark Anthony Neal      

Author, Cultural Critic, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African & African-American Studies at Duke University

Mark Anthony Neal is James B. Duke Professor of African & African-American Studies and Professor of English, and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of five books including "What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Public Culture," "Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic" and "Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities," and co-editor, with Murray Forman, of "That’s The Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader" (now in its 2nd edition).

At Duke, Neal offers courses in Black Cultural Studies, including signature courses on “Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition” and “The History of Hip-Hop,” co-taught with Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder. Neal also directs the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) which produces original digital content, including the weekly video podcast Left of Black, (now in its 10th season), produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke.

Speech Topics

Ms. Fat Booty & the Black Male Feminist: Gender & Hip-Hop

What Are the Real Reasons for the Attacks on Hip-Hop?

Songs in the Key of Black Life: From Jazz to R&B


Left of Black Web Series Now Appearing at The Root TV

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Hip-hop works to break down mental health stigma for black men

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, believes black people suffering from mental illness tend not to ...

Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, an Icon of the Civil Rights ...

Mark Anthony Neal. James B. Duke professor of African & African American studies at Duke University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for ...

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