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Mark Anthony Neal

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies
African & African American Studies
Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708-0252
Science Building, 243F, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


Pop Culture Helped Turn Police Officers Into Rock Stars — And Black Folks Into Criminals

Other Level Magazine · October 6, 2021 Exploring how copaganda empowers law enforcement to terrorize with impunity ... Link to item Cite

Zu-Zu’s Song Trauma, Citation, and the Black Women’s Songbook

Journal Article Liquid Blackness · October 1, 2021 Full text Cite

How Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight Created a Sound for Working-Class Black America

Other The Current | Critterion Collection · October 28, 2020 "More than anything, Claudine felt like a reprieve; the film, directed by John Berry and released in 1974, gave audiences a compelling alternative depiction of Black life from those about Black drug lords and mafia dons fighting over real estate in the yea ... Link to item Cite

1968: Soul Music and the Year of Black Power

Other Black Perspectives · December 31, 2018 Link to item Cite

Introduction: Wild seed in the machine

Journal Article Black Scholar · July 3, 2017 Full text Cite

N*ggas in Paris: hip-hop in exile

Journal Article Social Identities · March 3, 2016 This essay explores the meaning potentials of the exportation of American commercial rap music (exemplified via rap stars Kanye West and Jay Z) through the metaphorical lens of the discourse of exile. This perspective opens a view to Black aspirations as a ... Full text Cite

New black man: Tenth anniversary edition

Book · January 1, 2015 Ten years ago, Mark Anthony Neal’s New Black Man put forth a revolutionary model of Black masculinity for the twenty-first century-one that moved beyond patriarchy to embrace feminism and combat homophobia. Now, Neal’s book is more vital than ever, urging ... Full text Cite

Guest Editors’ Note

Journal Article Souls · October 2, 2014 Full text Cite

Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive

Chapter · March 6, 2014 Through rap and hip hop, entertainers have provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of society. ... Cite

Nigga: The 21st-century theoretical superhero

Journal Article Cultural Anthropology · August 1, 2013 Full text Cite

Soul babies: Black popular culture and the post-soul aesthetic

Book · February 1, 2013 Featured Publication In Soul Babies, Mark Anthony Neal explains the complexities and contradictions of black life and culture after the end of the Civil Rights era. He traces the emergence of what he calls a "post-soul aesthetic," a transformation of values that marked a profo ... Full text Cite

"I Am Not Just From Here:" The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism: A Reflection on Isoke's "Women, Hip Hop and Cultural Resistance in Dubai"

Journal Article Souls · January 1, 2013 This response paper considers the gender realities of the subjects in Isoke's Women, Hip Hop, and Cultural Resistance in Dubai in relation to U.S. based hip hop artists who have recently begun to situate their work and image in larger international context ... Full text Cite

Looking for Leroy: Illegible black masculinities

Book · January 1, 2013 Mark Anthony Neal's Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ... Cite

Pop Culture Helped Turn Police Officers Into Rock Stars — And Black Folks Into Criminals

Other Level Magazine · October 6, 2021 Exploring how copaganda empowers law enforcement to terrorize with impunity ... Link to item Cite

Zu-Zu’s Song Trauma, Citation, and the Black Women’s Songbook

Journal Article Liquid Blackness · October 1, 2021 Full text Cite

How Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight Created a Sound for Working-Class Black America

Other The Current | Critterion Collection · October 28, 2020 "More than anything, Claudine felt like a reprieve; the film, directed by John Berry and released in 1974, gave audiences a compelling alternative depiction of Black life from those about Black drug lords and mafia dons fighting over real estate in the yea ... Link to item Cite

1968: Soul Music and the Year of Black Power

Other Black Perspectives · December 31, 2018 Link to item Cite

Introduction: Wild seed in the machine

Journal Article Black Scholar · July 3, 2017 Full text Cite

N*ggas in Paris: hip-hop in exile

Journal Article Social Identities · March 3, 2016 This essay explores the meaning potentials of the exportation of American commercial rap music (exemplified via rap stars Kanye West and Jay Z) through the metaphorical lens of the discourse of exile. This perspective opens a view to Black aspirations as a ... Full text Cite

New black man: Tenth anniversary edition

Book · January 1, 2015 Ten years ago, Mark Anthony Neal’s New Black Man put forth a revolutionary model of Black masculinity for the twenty-first century-one that moved beyond patriarchy to embrace feminism and combat homophobia. Now, Neal’s book is more vital than ever, urging ... Full text Cite

Guest Editors’ Note

Journal Article Souls · October 2, 2014 Full text Cite

Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive

Chapter · March 6, 2014 Through rap and hip hop, entertainers have provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of society. ... Cite

Nigga: The 21st-century theoretical superhero

Journal Article Cultural Anthropology · August 1, 2013 Full text Cite

Soul babies: Black popular culture and the post-soul aesthetic

Book · February 1, 2013 Featured Publication In Soul Babies, Mark Anthony Neal explains the complexities and contradictions of black life and culture after the end of the Civil Rights era. He traces the emergence of what he calls a "post-soul aesthetic," a transformation of values that marked a profo ... Full text Cite

"I Am Not Just From Here:" The Roots of Hip Hop's Cosmopolitanism: A Reflection on Isoke's "Women, Hip Hop and Cultural Resistance in Dubai"

Journal Article Souls · January 1, 2013 This response paper considers the gender realities of the subjects in Isoke's Women, Hip Hop, and Cultural Resistance in Dubai in relation to U.S. based hip hop artists who have recently begun to situate their work and image in larger international context ... Full text Cite

Looking for Leroy: Illegible black masculinities

Book · January 1, 2013 Mark Anthony Neal's Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ... Cite

Transforming Black Men in Feminism

Journal Article Palimpsest · 2012 Cite

Thinking While Black

Chapter · January 1, 2012 Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there was a long established tradition of the so-called “Race Man” - African American men who presumed the role of spokesperson for black communities. Though many of these figures were university-trained - ... Full text Cite

Bearing Witness: Mahalia Jackson & The Sanctified Bounce (for Clyde Woods)

Journal Article Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography · 2012 Cite

What Would Shirley Chisholm Say

Chapter · August 2010 Cite

Digging in the Crates

Chapter · August 2010 Cite

Hip Hop Culture

Chapter · April 2010 Cite

The Chitlin Circuit

Chapter · April 2010 Cite

"The Polanski Uproar: Criminal or Genius"

Other The New York Times On-line–Room for Debate · September 2009 Cite

"What Happened to All the Black Ball Players?"

Other The Philadelphia Inquirer/The Baltimore Sun/The Cleveland Plain Dealer · July 2009 Cite

"What's Driving Michael Jackson Mania? A Global Community Built on Pop"

Other The New York Times On-line–Room for Debate · July 2009 Cite

Applications and societal benefits of plastics.

Journal Article Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences · July 2009 This article explains the history, from 1600 BC to 2008, of materials that are today termed 'plastics'. It includes production volumes and current consumption patterns of five main commodity plastics: polypropylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polyst ... Full text Cite

Music: Bodies in Pain

Chapter · January 2009 Cite

Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson

Journal Article Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture · 2007 Cite

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

Journal Article Popmatters: A Journal of Global Culture · 2007 Cite

Who Gets to Use the "N" Word

Other Salon · 2007 Cite

Race-ing Katrina

Journal Article Transforming Anthropology · April 2006 Cite

White Chocolate: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor

Journal Article Popular Music · October 2005 Featured Publication Cite

New Black Man

Book · April 2005 Featured Publication Cite

Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip-Hop

Other AOL BLACK VOICES · February 2005 Cite

Soul for Sale: the Marketing of Black Musical Expression

Chapter · 2005 Given than hip hop music alone has generated more than a billion dollars in sales, the absence of a major black record company is disturbing. Even Motown is now a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group. ... Cite

The Tortured Soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly

Chapter · October 2004 Featured Publication Cite

That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader

Book · September 2004 Featured Publication Cite

Up from hustling: Power, plantations, and the hip–hop mogul

Journal Article International Journal of Phytoremediation · January 1, 2004 Full text Cite

Aretha Franklin

Chapter · 2004 Cite

Ray Charles

Chapter · 2004 Cite

The Birth of New Blackness: The Family Stand’s Moon in Scorpio

Chapter · January 2004 Featured Publication Cite

If You Don’t Own the Masters…

Journal Article Souls: a critical journal of Black politics, culture, and society · 2003 Cite

Crisis In Real Time (Digitized Remastered and MP3ed)

Journal Article Journal of Popular Music Studies · March 1, 2002 Full text Cite

Crisis in real time (digitized, remastered, and MP3ed)

Journal Article Journal of Popular Music Studies · January 1, 2002 Full text Cite

Keeping It Real: The Hip-Hop Generation on Campus

Journal Article Commonquest Magazine · 1998 Cite

Trouble Man: The Art and Politics of Marvin Gaye

Journal Article Western Journal of Black Studies · 1998 Cite

Sold Out On Soul: the Corporate Annexation of Black Popular Music

Journal Article Journal of Popular Music and Society · 1997 Cite

Niggas in Paris: Hip-Hop in Exile

Journal Article Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture Cite