Left of Black S2:E33 | May 21, 2012
Race, Writing and the Attack on Black Studies with Adam Mansbach and La TaSha Levy on Season Finale of Left of Black
Host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by writer Adam Mansbach, the author of several books including Angry Black White Boy (2005), The End of the Jews (2008) and the New York Times Bestseller Go the F**K to Sleep. Mansbach discusses the inspiration for Macon Detornay—the protagonist of Angry Black White Boy—the surprise success of his “adult children’s book” and his new graphic novel Nature of the Beast. Finally Neal and Mansbach discuss race in the Obama era and the legacy of the Beastie Boys.
Later, Neal is joined, also via Skype by LaTaSha B. Levy, doctoral candidate in the Department of African-American Studies at Northwestern University. Levy and several of her colleagues including Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor andRuth Hayes, the subjects of a celebratory profile in The Chronicle of Higher Education, were later attacked by a blogger at the same publication, raising questions about the continued hostility directed towards the field of Black Studies. Neal and Levy discuss the responses to the attack, as well as her research on the rise of Black Republicans.
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