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03-21-19 | Songs for Listening | Mark Anthony Neal

03-21-19 | Songs for Listening | Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal — Chair of Duke's Department of African & African American Studies and founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship — picked tunes for Thursday, March 21 at Songs for Listening. At Duke, Mark offers 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-winning producer 9th Wonder.

Mark is author of several books: What the Music Said: Black Popular Music & Black Public Culture, Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture & the Post-Soul Aesthetic, and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. The 10th anniversary edition of Mark's New Black Man was published in February 2015. Mark is co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, now in its 2nd edition. Additionally, Mark is host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with Duke's John Hope Franklin Center.

Mark is a most unusual combination of world-class scholar & true-to-life autodidact — and he's focused his formidable chops on Black music and culture. Mark and I arrived in Durham at right about the same time and it's been an honor to be along for the ride as his overall intellectual project has become broader, deeper and increasingly urgent.

'Were You There When They Crucified My Lord' performed by Max Roach w/ the J.C. White Singers from 'Lift Every Voice & Sing'
'All Things (Must) Pass' by Billy Preston from 'Encouraging Words'
'If You're Lying' by Ashford & Simpson from 'So So Satisfied'
'Story of My Father' by Abbey Lincoln from 'Devil's Got Your Tongue'
'Spiritual' by Sweet Honey in the Rock from 'Still on the Journey'


03-22-19 | Songs for Listening | Kate Nordstrom

03-22-19 | Songs for Listening | Kate Nordstrom

03-20-19 | Songs for Listening | Margaret Sartor

03-20-19 | Songs for Listening | Margaret Sartor