Mark Anthony Neal
Features // 41 Articles
Columns // 15 Articles
Reviews // 102 Articles

Teddy Pendergrass: Life Was a Song Worth Singing | 21 Jan 2010 // 4:00 PM

Pendergrass' popularity lie in his performance of a masculinity that was virile and tailor-made for a cultural discourse in the '70s that had moved beyond the struggles for civil rights.

The Demise of Vibe Magazine and the Future of Criticism | 23 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM

With diminishing places for thoughtful criticism, black cultural critics exist as little more than commentators on the Obama White House. Blackness has been reduced to a news cycle.


Tupac's Book Shelf | 30 Apr 2003 // 8:00 PM

Price drew on his own training as a Gospel musician and ethnomusicologist to examine Tupac's spiritual development, suggesting that the late artist had surpassed the legacies of John Coltrane and Mahalia Jackson as spiritual figures within the tradition of black music.

Confessions of a ThugNiggaIntellectual | 26 Mar 2003 // 7:00 PM

I share a space with them each time I'm profiled in grocery stores, or chillin' with my homies Gramsci and Jay Z at Starbucks.


Common: Be | 30 May 2005 // 6:00 PM

Electric Circus pushed the boundaries of hip-hop -- a psychedelic trip to hip-hop's great beyond -- Be just finds a world-wide Common back home standing on the corner. But you can't go home again and no matter how much he wishes, the Common of Can I Borrow a Dollar? is not the same Common of Be -- and thank God for that.

John Legend: Get Lifted | 3 Feb 2005 // 5:00 PM

Legend has fashioned a rather nuanced and sophisticated debut -- a Nora Jones for the R&B faithful.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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