Dr. Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, where he won the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching.   Neal has written and lectured extensively on black popular culture, black masculinity, sexism and homophobia in Black communities, and the history of popular music.

He is the author of What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005).  Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition (2011)  Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities (2013) is his latest book.

Neal hosts the weekly webcast, ‘Left of Black’ in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University (http://leftofblack.tumblr.com/). A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal contributes to several on-line media outlets, including Huff Post Black Voices, Ebony.com, SeeingBlack.com, and Britain’s New Black Magazine.  He has also appeared in several documentaries including Byron Hurt’s acclaimed Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006), John Akomfrah’s Urban Soul (2004) and Jonathan Gayles, White Scripts and Black Supermen (2012).

Neal is the founder and managing editor of the blog NewBlackMan (http://newblackman.blogspot.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.