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M.K. Asante, Jr.

M.K. Asante, Jr.
Born November 3, 1982
Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation Writer, Filmmaker, Professor
Website
http://www.mkasante.com

M. K. Asante, Jr. is an African-American professor, author, and filmmaker. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe shortly after the Liberation Struggle, he is the son of scholar Molefi Kete Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. He has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance." [1] He is a recipient of the 2009 Langston Hughes Award from the Langston Hughes Society.

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Biography

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Education

Asante is a graduate of The Crefeld School in Philadelphia, which he attended after being expelled from two other schools for writing politically-charged graffiti.[2] He studied film and literature at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and English from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. At 23 years old, he received a professorship from Morgan State University where he currently teaches.[3].

Books

Asante is the author of three celebrated books. His most recent book,It's Bigger than Hip-Hop (2008), was selected as a Top 25 Book of 2008 by the Kansas City Star. The Los Angeles Times called it "An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America." His other books are the poetry collections, Beautiful. And Ugly Too (2005) and Like Water Running Off My Back (2002), winner of the Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize.

Films

Through his company Asante Filmworx, Asante has made two award-winning feature films. Asante wrote and produced the documentary 500 Years Later, winner of Best Documentary at the Pan-African Film Festival, Bridgetown Film Festival; Best Film at the International Black Cinema Film Festival; and Best International Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival. The film also won the Breaking the Chains Award from UNESCO.

Asante wrote, directed and produced the 2008 film The Black Candle, narrated by Maya Angelou, winner of Best Documentary at the Africa World Film Documentary Film Festival.

Works

Books

  • It's Bigger Than Hip Hop (2008)
  • Beautiful. And Ugly Too (2005)
  • Like Water Running Off My Back (2002)

Films

Quotes

  • "If you make an observation, you have an obligation."[4]
  • "As the media literacy increases among the new generation, we begin to realize that leadership and being on TV are not synonymous." - from It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop.

References

  1. ^ M.K. Asante, Jr. - Artist in Progress, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 30th, 2005
  2. ^ Filmmaker from Hill thrills Crefeld School kids, ChestnutHillLocal.com, December 15, 2005
  3. ^ http://media.www.msuspokesman.com/media/storage/paper270/news/2007/10/13/WorldNews/Fear-The.Bear.The.Awakening.Of.A.Once.Powerful.Force-3030043-page2.shtml
  4. ^ OU 'family' celebrates Kwanzaa (2006)

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M.K. Asante
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M.K. Asante
Born November 3, 1982
Harare, Zimbabwe
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Writer
Filmmaker
Professor
Website
http://www.mkasante.com

MK Asante is an African-American author, filmmaker, and professor. He has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance." [1] He is a recipient of the 2009 Langston Hughes Award from the Langston Hughes Society.

Contents

Biography

Books

Asante is the author of three celebrated books. His most recent book, It's Bigger Than Hip Hop (2008) is creative nonfiction that uses hip hop as a vehicle to explore social issues facing the hip hop and post hip hop generations. It's Bigger Than Hip Hop was described by Ari Bloomekatz of The Los Angeles Times as:

An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America. Reading It's Bigger Than Hip Hop is motoring through a new generation of America with one of its best storytellers.

His other books are the poetry collections, Beautiful. And Ugly Too (2005) and Like Water Running Off My Back (2002), winner of the Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize.

Films

Asante has written, directed, and/or produced three award-winning feature documentary films. Asante wrote and produced 500 Years Later (2005), winner of numerous international film festival prizes as well as the Breaking the Chains Award from the United Nations' UNESCO.

Asante directed and produced The Black Candle (2008), a film narrated by Maya Angelou, winner of Best Documentary at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.

Asante produced Motherland (film) (2010), winner of Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival and Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Lectures and media appearances

Asante has lectured on five continents at hundreds of colleges, universities, libraries, film festivals, conferences, and literary festivals.

Asante has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the CBS Early Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, NPR, and NBC News.

Education and professorship

Asante is a graduate of The Crefeld School.[2] He studied film and literature at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and English from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

At 23, he accepted a professorship from Morgan State University. He received tenure shortly after and is currently Associate Professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts.[3].

Works

Books

Films

Quotes

  • "If you make an observation, you have an obligation."[4]

References

External links


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