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COURSE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Michael Jackson & The Black Performance Archive

Duke University | Fall Semester 2014
Wednesday @ 6:15pm – 8:45pm | White Lecture Hall (107)
Duke East Campus


Instructor:
Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D. | man9@duke.edu | 919.684.3987
Twitter: @NewBlackMan  


The course posits the Black Performance tradition as a living and breathing archive that helped produce Jackson’s singular creative genius within the realms of music, movement and politics, including the influence of Black vernacular practices like signifying and sampling, the network of Black social spaces known as the Chitlin’ Circuit, the impact of Black migration patterns to urban spaces in the Midwest (like Gary, Chicago and Detroit—all critical to Jackson’s artistic development) and Black performance traditions including Blackface minstrelsy. 
COURSE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Duke University | Fall Semester 2014
Wednesday @ 6:15pm – 8:45pm | White Lecture Hall (107)
Duke East Campus
Instructor:
Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D. | man9@duke.edu | 919.684.3987
Twitter: @NewBlackMan  
The course posits the Black Performance tradition as a living and breathing archive that helped produce Jackson’s singular creative genius within the realms of music, movement and politics, including the influence of Black vernacular practices like signifying and sampling, the network of Black social spaces known as the Chitlin’ Circuit, the impact of Black migration patterns to urban spaces in the Midwest (like Gary, Chicago and Detroit—all critical to Jackson’s artistic development) and Black performance traditions including Blackface minstrelsy. 

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From the opening track and lead single, the Jackson-penned “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (with that precoital purr in the beginning), Off the Wall was a timeless endeavor in pure pop pleasure.  Drawing references to Star Wars (“the force”) with a pulsating rhythm that can still move an ass—or a thousand—35 years later, “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” was the ideal reintroduction for Jackson, finding a spot on both the pop charts and the dance floor. The song earned Jackson his first Grammy Award as a solo artist for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.”—Mark Anthony Neal

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Left of Black Summer Special (vol. 2):  Alexis De Veaux Discusses Her New Novel, The Erotic Life of the Classroom and Popular Feminism

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by Alexis De Veaux, Professor Emeriti of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffaloand the author of several books including Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde and the just published novel Yabo.

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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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Left of Black Summer Special (vol. 1):  Poet and Yale Professor Elizabeth Alexander Talks Black Studies, Black Poetry and the Art of Archibald Motley

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the Left of Black studios by Elizabeth Alexander, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies & Professor American Studies & English at Yale University. A widely published poet and essayist, Alexander is the author of the classic The Venus Hottentot, American Sublime (a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize), and the recent Crave Radiance.  She is also the author of the  collection of essays The Black Interior.

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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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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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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

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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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Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

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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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