Left of Black

A Contrarian View of Blackness

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Left of Black S4:E29:  Senegalese Praise Poets, the Tradition of Mami Wata and the Force of Blackness in Popular Music.

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in studio by Ali Coleen Neff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at William and Mary College. Neff is the author of Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story (University of Mississippi 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 S4:E28:  Iconic Women Singers & African American Literature

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in studio by Emily J. Lordi, author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (Rutgers University Press).  Lordi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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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 S4:E27:  What is the ‘Art of Cool’ Festival?

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in studio by Cicely Mitchell, co-founder of the Art of Cool Festival, which runs in downtown Durham, North Carolina, April 25-26, 2014.  Acts scheduled to appear include Maceo Parker, The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, Alice Smith, Nnenna Freelon, + Miguel Atwood Ferguson, among others.

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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 S4:E26:  Sex Trafficking in Brazil

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in studio by Erica Lorraine Williams, assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Spelman College.  Professor Williams is the author of Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (University of Illinois 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 S4:E25:  The Cultural Impact of Kanye West

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by Julius Bailey, associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University, and Regina Bradley, an instructor of English and interdisciplinary studies at Kennesaw State University.  Bailey is the editor of The Cultural Impact of Kanye West (Palgrave MacMillan) in which Bradley contributed the essay “Kanye West’s Sonic (Hip-Hop) Cosmopolitanism.”

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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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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

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Follow Regina Bradley on Twitter: @RedClayScholar

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Left of Black S4:E24:  Beyonce, Philly Soul and the Legacy of Amiri Baraka

In the Left of Black studios at the John Hope Franklin Center, Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined by noted scholar and musician  Guthrie Ramsey, Jr. in a discussion about the music of Beyonce, Philly Soul and the legacy of Amiri Baraka. Ramsey  is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books including the recentThe Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop.

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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 S4:E23:   Staging Black Gay Men of the South

In the Left of Black studios at the John Hope Franklin Center, Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined by noted scholar and performance artist E. Patrick Johnson, in a discussion of his one-man stage show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men on the South, based on his book of the same title.  Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

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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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Black Cinema from Spike Lee to Tyler Perry to Ava Duvernay
Professor Mark Anthony Neal

Duke University
African & African American Studies—AAAS 390s-01
Program in Art of the Moving Image—AMI 390s-01
Visual and Media Studies—VMS 290s-01

Summer Session One
M.T.Th—12:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Perkins LINK 2 – 060

The release of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986) began a relative renaissance of mainstream Black filmmaking—a dynamic that was furthered with the emergence of accessible digital technology in the 1990s.  As Lee has maintained his status as a pseudo-Hollywood outsider (with measured critical acclaim), Tyler Perry has leveraged the spending habits of his base-audience to become the most commercially successful Black filmmaker of his generation. Within these two narratives are the struggles faced by Black independent filmmakers.

The course will examine contemporary Black film, with an emphasis on the role of Black film in the hyper-visuality of Blackness in the digital era, as well as the debates over what constitutes “Black” film, the distribution and promotional challenges faced by independent Black filmmakers, and the role of non-Black filmmakers in presenting the Black experience in film.

Directors examined may include: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Kasi Lemmons, John Singleton, Ava Duvernay, Dee Rees, Tonya Hamilton, Haile Gerima, Charles Burnett, Leslie Harris, Mira Nair, and Tim Disney.
Black Cinema from Spike Lee to Tyler Perry to Ava Duvernay
Professor Mark Anthony Neal
Duke University
African & African American Studies—AAAS 390s-01
Program in Art of the Moving Image—AMI 390s-01
Visual and Media Studies—VMS 290s-01
Summer Session One
M.T.Th—12:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Perkins LINK 2 – 060
The release of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986) began a relative renaissance of mainstream Black filmmaking—a dynamic that was furthered with the emergence of accessible digital technology in the 1990s.  As Lee has maintained his status as a pseudo-Hollywood outsider (with measured critical acclaim), Tyler Perry has leveraged the spending habits of his base-audience to become the most commercially successful Black filmmaker of his generation. Within these two narratives are the struggles faced by Black independent filmmakers.
The course will examine contemporary Black film, with an emphasis on the role of Black film in the hyper-visuality of Blackness in the digital era, as well as the debates over what constitutes “Black” film, the distribution and promotional challenges faced by independent Black filmmakers, and the role of non-Black filmmakers in presenting the Black experience in film.
Directors examined may include: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Kasi Lemmons, John Singleton, Ava Duvernay, Dee Rees, Tonya Hamilton, Haile Gerima, Charles Burnett, Leslie Harris, Mira Nair, and Tim Disney.

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Left of Black S4:E22:   Archibald Motley—Jazz Age Modernist

On location at The Nasher Museum of Art, Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined by noted Art Historian Richard J. Powell, curator of the new exhibit Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of Motley’s work in two decades.  Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.

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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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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

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