MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and distinguished professor who the LA 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 made the Washington Post Bestseller List in 2014 and 2015 and has won 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.
Asante has been featured on the CNN, NPR, The Breakfast Club, VH1, and MTV. 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 40 countries and was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.
He is 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.