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 five books including the bestselling Buck: A Memoir, which was praised by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” His latest book is the critically-acclaimed, Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony, praised by Library Journal as “A treasure and likely to become a classic.”

Asante studied at SOAS 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 founder of the Emmy®-nominated Wonderful Sound Studios, a creative studio whose work has reached over 250 million viewers.  Asante co-wrote the 2021 NBA Finals broadcast opens on ABC directed by Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee. In 2023, he co-wrote the lyrics for the official Monday Night Football anthem, “In the Air Tonight,” performed by Grammy-winning artists Chris Stapleton, Julie Blackman Santana, and Snoop Dogg.

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.

Asante has been featured on hundreds of media outlets including the Today Show and The Breakfast Club. Hailed by CNN as “a master storyteller and major creative force”, he has published essays 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.

Asante Executive Produced and Hosted the award-winning Snap original shows While Black with MK Asante and Free Tuition with MK Asante.

Asante was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at the MICA Business School in Gujarat, India. He is currently a tenured professor of Cinematic Arts and Sciences at Morgan State University where he is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award.

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

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

    —Essence magazine
  • “Brilliantly Complex …”

    —Vibe
  • “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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Tour Dates

09.26.24

Bookmarks Book Festival

Winston-Salem, NC

10.04.24

PAIS

Philadelphia, PA

10.25.24

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA

02.25.25

Germantown Academy

Fort Washington, PA