MK Asante

MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of four books, including Buck: A Memoir, which was praised by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck made the Washington Post best-seller list in 2014 and 2015 and has won dozens of awards. Asante received a Sundance™ Feature Film Grant to adapt Buck into a movie, which is currently in-development.

Asante studied at the University of London, earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Asante has given distinguished lectures at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He has toured in over 40 countries and was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

Called “the voice of a new generation” by Essence magazine, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, VH1, NPR, The Breakfast Club, and MTV. His inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition. Asante’s essays have been published in USA Today and the New York Times.

Described by Vibe magazine as “brilliantly complex,” Asante is a Hip-Hop artist who has performed globally and is featured on the album Indie 500 by Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder.

Asante is a Distinguished Professor at the MICA Business School in India and a tenured professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University.

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. —Ovid
  • “A master storyteller and major creative force …”

  • “Asante is the voice of a new generation.”

    —Essence magazine
  • “Brilliantly Complex …”

  • “A rare remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artist of the Harlem Renaissance.”

    —Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “MK Asante combines drive, skill and a commitment that buoys us all. The hip hop community should feel extremely blessed to have those qualities attached to its forward movement.”

    —Chuck D, Public Enemy
MK Asante sitting at his desk

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Camden, NJ


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Shreveport, LA