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Friday, May 20 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Time Traveling with Hop Hop

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Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal joins the legendary GZA to discuss the role of Hip-Hop in challenging our ideas of about science fiction, and its connection to futures that Hip-Hop has always imagined.

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GZA (2 Night Residency)

Perhaps more than any other MC, GZA decapitates the quite choppable theory that Black Studies’ rise out of Black Power amounted to a move from the streets to the accredited university. As Raekwon and Method Man explained on the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, GZA is the group’s “head,” the stone tablets, the scrolls. Yet since we yield to the temptation to fetishize GZA’s large vocabulary, for us, for now... Read More →
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Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University)

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African + African-American Studies and Professor of English at Duke University where he teaches courses in Black Cultural Studies, including signature courses on “Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Tradition” and “The History of Hip-Hop,” co-taught with Grammy Award Winning Producer 9th Wonder.  Neal is the author of five books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music... Read More →

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Do androids dream of analog synths? Combining elements of science fiction, astral jazz, historical fiction, psychedelic hip hop, fantasy, and magic realism with non-Occidental cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of the other, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From the vibrant, frenetic canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the extraterrestrial mythos of... Read More →

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