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. He is the author of four 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) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition which will be published by Routledge in January of 2011 Neal’s next book Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities will be published next year by New York University Press.

A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal is a weekly columnist for and also contributes to several on-line media outlets, including,, and Britain’s New Black Magazine. Neal maintains a blog at NewBlackMan ( You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.

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