MK Asante

MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and distinguished professor who the Los Angeles Times calls “One of America’s best storytellers.”

He is the author of Buck: A Memoir, praised by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck is a multi-year Washington Post Bestseller and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Buck is currently being adapted into a major motion picture.

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.

He is the Host and Executive Producer of While Black with MK Asante and Free Tuition with MK Asante. Both shows are Snap Originals and reach millions of viewers weekly on Snapchat.

Asante has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and The Breakfast Club. His essays have been published in the New York Times and USA Today. 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 has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He has toured in over 50 countries and was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas. He is featured in A Changing America, a permanent video exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He is the founder of Wonderful Sound Studios and a recording artist, most recently featured on the album Indie 500 by Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder & Talib Kweli.

Asante is a Distinguished Professor at the MICA Business School in India and a tenured professor of English 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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