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Mark Anthony Neal

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. Neal is the founder and managing editor of the blog NewBlackMan. Neal hosts the weekly webcast, Left of Black in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal contributes to several on-line media outlets, including Huff Post Black Voices and You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.

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James Brown: The Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 2 January 2007

JAMES BROWN was of a generation of black men—mythological in many ways—who helped define the contours of freedom and possibility for black folk in the ...

Keyshia Cole, Linda Jones: Bodies in Pain: The Redemptive Soul of Linda Jones and Keyshia Cole

Essay by Mark Anthony Neal, New Black Magazine, 8 March 2012

"The young lady who is the absolute personification of soul itself" – MC, January 1970 ...

Donny Hathaway: Ed Pavlic: Winners Have Yet to Be Announced – A Song for Donny Hathaway (University of Georgia Press)

Book Review by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 21 April 2008

I'VE SPENT better part of that last 20-years – what seems like a lifetime – trying to write about Donny Hathaway. It's not as though ...

Michael Jackson: Can You Remember?

Comment by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 11 December 2003

Can You Remember when we were babies? — Michael Jackson (Age 11) ...

Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor

Review by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 25 June 2001

IN THE AFTERMATH of Jill Scott's surprising breakthrough last year and in what is year four of the Badu evolution, there have been several remarkable ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy: Sean Combs: Diddy-cized

Overview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 18 May 2004

Hip-hop has always been — and always be — about fabulousness and myth. 
 — Scott Poulson-Bryant, "This is Not a Puff Piece" The hip-hop ...

Rahsaan Patterson: R&B Conversations: Rahsaan Patterson's Slow Burn

Profile and Interview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 24 August 2005

The soul singer's career momentum has built slowly since he lost the major labels' love, but out of the spotlight he's been able to remain ...

Teddy Pendergrass: Life Was a Song Worth Singing

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 22 January 2010

HEARING THE SOOTHING voice of the late Teddy Pendergrass singing lead on the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes classic, 'If You Don't Know Me ...

Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls: Gritty Soul Men: Remembering Lou Rawls and Wilson Pickett

Obituary by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 26 January 2006

Grit was not just about the "sound" of soul, but also the grittier social and political realities that soul music offered transcendence from. The recent ...

Take 6: Beautiful World

Review by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 19 June 2002

WHEN TAKE 6 dropped their self-titled debut in 1988, contemporary R&B and gospel were both at crossroads and the idea of an a cappella gospel ...

Lewis Taylor: Soul Enigma: Lewis Taylor Comes to America

Report and Interview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 8 February 2006

FOR MUCH OF THE LAST DECADE, arguably the most brilliant R&B artist of this generation has toiled in relative obscurity in Britain. ...

Kanye West: Kanye Walks

Comment by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 1 February 2006

By making public his struggles with living a devout life, Kanye West makes such a lifestyle so much more accessible and valuable to the very ...

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The Demise of Vibe and the Future of Criticism

Comment by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 23 July 2009

THERE'S NO SMALL irony to the fact that the announcement of the folding of Vibe magazine occurred the day after the death of Michael Jackson. ...

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