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Mark Anthony Neal        

Author, Cultural Critic, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies

Mark Anthony Neal is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University. He teaches courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).

Neal is the author of several books including "What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture" (1999), "Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic" (2002), and "Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities" (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s "New Black Man" was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is also co-editor of "That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader" (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally, Neal hosts the video webcast "Left of Black," which is produced in collaboration with the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke.

Speech Topics

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

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

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


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