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Award-winning Filmmaker Addresses Black Aesthetics as Politics

The award-winning African-American author and filmmaker M.K. Asante will speak about the role that art plays in black political life.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the Departments of Philosophy and English are teaming up with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture to co-sponsor Asante’s address at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Wilson Center. His presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception, with music provided by vocalist Carolyn Perteete, a graduate of Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music.

Asante, who the Philadelphia Inquirer has described as “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance,” is a professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He is known internationally for nonfiction, poetry and films that interpret the African Diaspora and the African-American experience. Asante’s most recent book, It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation, uses hip-hop as the springboard for examining a variety of social and political issues.

Asante is also the author of two volumes of poetry and has several films to his credit, including The Black Candle, an exploration of the meaning and significance of the Kwanzaa holiday, which he co-wrote with poet Maya Angelou, the film's narrator.

For his writing, Asante has received the 2009 Langston Hughes Award and a Jean Corrie Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His films have earned numerous international prizes, including an Africa World Documentary Film Festival award and the Breaking the Chains award from UNESCO.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 412.396.6500 for more information.

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