Post Blackness in Contemporary America

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, WUC 100

African & African Diaspora Studies Program presents a Black History Month event

Post Blackness in Contemporary America

Guest speaker: Touré

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Touré, a correspondent for NBC, is among the most important writers on popular culture working today. He is the author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness, a provocative and bold look at what it means to be black today and how blackness has changed over the decades. In researching the book he interviewed more than 100 prominent black men and women, including Jesse Jackson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cornel West, Malcolm Gladwell, Soledad O'Brien, Kara Walker, and Paul Mooney.

Touré has been a contributing editor at Rolling Stone for over 15 years and has interviewed nearly every major hip-hop figure. He is also the host of two shows on Fuse: The Hip-Hop Shop and On the Record, a music interview show with guests such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Courtney Love, Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, Cee-Lo, Rihanna, and many others. He has appeared on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Dateline NBC, and Nightline. Tina Brown has called him “a one-man media conglomerate.” Touré has spoken at hundreds of campuses and is a provocative, engaging, witty, thought-provoking speaker who always gets audiences laughing and thinking – and wondering how soon they can get him back.

Click here for a clip of a recent NPR interview about his new book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What it Means to be Black Now (New York: The Free Press, 2011).