Left of Black

A Contrarian View of Blackness

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Left of Black S5:E5: New Black Southern Studies

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by University of Memphis Sociologist Zandria F. Robinson, author of This Ain’t Chicago Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (UNC Press). Addressing the current state of Southern Studies, Professor Robinson highlights the efforts of fellow scholars “looking for that post-Civil Rights, Black Southern experience—how do we document that, how do we tell that story?” noting that “we can find it in hip-hop, we can find it in film, we can find it in visual art.”

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University and in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE).

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

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With Emmy Award winning Film Director & MacArthur Genius Fellow Stanley Nelson on the new Left of Black set.

With Emmy Award winning Film Director & MacArthur Genius Fellow Stanley Nelson on the new Left of Black set.

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Left of Black S5:E4: Mass Incarceration, Voting Rights & State Sanctioned Violence

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by Daryl Atkinson, Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in North Carolina.  In a conversation about mass incarceration, the erosion of voting rights and State sanctioned violence Aktinson asserts that “the State sanctioned violence that we saw in Ferguson…cannot happen outside of the larger context of putting 2.2 million people in cages.”

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center and in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University.

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

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Remembering Geoffrey Holder, Renaissance Man
by Thomas F. DeFrantz | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile)

The term “renaissance man” truly applies to few; Geoffrey Holder (1930-2014), who passed away earlier this week after a long illness, numbers among those.  Holder had extensive success as an actor in films and stage, as a recording celebrity, costume designer, painter, director, dancer, and choreographer.
The term “renaissance man” truly applies to few; Geoffrey Holder (1930-2014), who passed away earlier this week after a long illness, numbers among those.  Holder had extensive success as an actor in films and stage, as a recording celebrity, costume designer, painter, director, dancer, and choreographer.

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Left of Black S5:E3: The Danger of Being Publicly Black with Karla FC Holloway

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by Professor Karla FC Holloway, the James B Duke Professor of English at Duke University, where she holds appointments in the Law School, Women’s Studies and African & African-American Studies. In response to recent examples of violence in Black communities, Holloway acknowledges “The danger of being publicly Black, is still a danger that we embody in just our presence and being.” Professor Holloway’s latest book is Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature (Duke University Press)

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

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Left of Black S5:E2: A Conversation with Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by Dr. Walter Kimbrough, aka the “Hip-Hop Prez,” the 7th President of Dillard University.  Dr. Kimbrough was outspoken in the aftermath of Andre Young’s (Dr. Dre) $35 Million gift to the University of Southern California (USC) noting in this interview that USC’s endowment is “twice the endowment of all the HBCUs put together; they don’t need the money.” Yet Dr. Kimbrough also admits “those who are alums, it is your responsibility, primarily, to take care of those institutions.”

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

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Left of Black S5:E1:  From Kooley High to  ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with Rapsody

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by rap artist Rapsody (Marianna Evans).   

“You have to make it relatable, you have to make it feel like it’s honest,” says Rapsody in a wide ranging conversation about artistic integrity, being an independent artist, her artistic influences, and her relationship with producer 9th Wonder—dropping a little freestyle to close the episode.

Rapsody just released her latest single, ‘Hard to Choose'  from the forthcoming Beauty and The Beast which will be released on October 7th, 2014.

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University and the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE).

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

Follow Rapsody on Twitter: @RapsodyMusic

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