Bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor MK Asante spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the November 18 Six O’Clock Series. Asante’s latest book, Buck: A Memoir, recently became an international bestseller and was included in Theresa Ruffner’s Psychology 101 fall syllabus. The memoir details Asante’s troubled adolescent survival on the streets of Philadelphia.
Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award and a Sundance Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaption of Buck. Asante also directed The Black Candle, a film collaboration with the late Maya Angelou. He wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards.
Asante has toured in over 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and hundreds of other universities. Called the voice of a new generation, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC, MTV, and NPR. His essays have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.
Asante joined Punxsutawney campus faculty members and administrators for a dinner discussion of Buck, then hosted a book signing and photo session with students following his presentation.
Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University.