On today’s program we hear a discussion recorded at Stanford University featuring Greg Tate, the Godfather of Hip-Hop writing.
In his three decades of writing on Black artists—musical, visual, literary and more—Greg Tate influenced a generation of arts and cultural critics. He has been called “the godfather of hip-hop journalism,” and is widely regarded as one of the leading thinkers around Black art of the last half-century, whose ideas have impacted cultural nationalism, Afrofuturism, and Afrosurrealism.
After serving as a staff writer for the Village Voice, he went on to write a series of books including Flyboy in The Buttermilk, Everything But The Burden—What White People Are Taking From Black Culture and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix And The Black Experience.
Tate has been the Sterling Brown Visiting Professor at Williams College. He has also taught at Yale, Columbia, and Brown. He is the musical director for the acclaimed Burnt Sugar Arkestra and was the co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition with Vernon Reid. His many awards include the USA Ford Fellowship in Literature. His essays on art have been commissioned for the monographs of many of the most luminary Black contemporary artists of the past 25 years. His complete works are being collected by Duke University Press for publication next year.
Don’t miss your chance to meet and hear one of the most influential voices on North American and Afrodiasporic arts writing!