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Mark Anthony Neal

Songs in the Keys of Black Life, New Black Man

Mark Anthony Neal is an expert on black popular culture and African American masculinity. He is the author of five books: 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) New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005) and the forthcoming Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. He is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2nd Edition).

Mark is a Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. He holds a doctorate in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Mark is also the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black and a regular columnist for

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