MK World Tour

Tour Dates
2018
2019
Feb 18 Monday Oakland Technical HS (Angie Thomas in Conversation w/ MK Asante) Oakland, CA
Angie Thomas, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give, presents her highly anticipated second novel, On the Come Up, at Oakland Technical High School Auditorium on Monday, February 18, 3-5 p.m. Thomas will be in conversation with MK Asante, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor. The event is sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Services and Berkeley’s Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up (published February 5 by HarperCollins), an ode to hip-hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free. Individuals: Your $25 purchase includes a ticket and a copy of On the Come Up, available for pickup at the event. Donations: In an effort to support Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students, we are prioritizing books and attendance for those students. For funders and the general public who are able to give, a donation of $25 will sponsor a book and ticket for a young person who would otherwise be unable to purchase a book and attend. As a thank you, each person that sponsors an OUSD student to attend the event will receive a FREE copy of MK Asante's award-winning memoir, Buck. To donate a ticket and book, simply select the Donate a Book + Ticket option before making your purchase below. Please feel free to donate as many tickets as you can to help support Oakland's youth. Bulk Donations: please contact us directly at amy.cheney@ousd.org. More info

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  • "MK Asante is an extraordinary speaker."

    —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Visiting Howard University memoir class

Visiting Prof. Patricia Elam's memoir class at Howard University, Spring, 2016. Shot and edited by Renato Flores. Music by Ace Clark - Runnin' ft. MK Asante (prod. Scarecrow Beats). Design by Ruben Rodriguez.

Buck Tour - Los Angeles

MK Asante at the Los Angeles Library's ALOUD series presenting: "The Blank Page: Literature, Hip-Hop and Freedom." Asante sits down to rap with Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, on how he was transformed by the most unconventional teachers and the freedom to create on the blank page.

MK Asante Performs on Live Wire

MK Asante performs "Wanderlust" with a live band at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon for Live Wire Radio show. "Wanderlust" (prod by Commissioner Gordon) is a song from the upcoming Buck: Original Book Soundtrack, new music by MK Asante inspired by his bestselling memoir Buck.
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MK Asante delivering the Tate Distinguished Lecture at SMU - Dallas, TX.

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MK Asante speaking at SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series - Dallas, TX.

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MK performing at the International African Arts Festival - Brooklyn, NY.

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MK performing at the International African Arts Festival - Brooklyn, NY.

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MK Asante delivering the MLK Keynote at Villanova University - Villanova, PA

MK Asante delivering the MLK Keynote at Villanova University - Villanova, PA

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MK performing at the Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY.

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Photo by Will Manning

MK performing at the Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

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MK hosting and performing at NYU's Extra Credit Awards - New York, NY

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MK signing books at NYU - New York, NY

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MK Asante reading at Live Wire Radio - Wordstock, Portland, Oregon

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MK Asante reading at Live Wire Radio - Wordstock, Portland, Oregon

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MK Asante speaking at Harvard University - Cambridge, MA.

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MK Asante performing the Buck soundtrack - Oslo, Norway.

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MK Asante on the Buck Tour at Skyline College. Skyline, CA

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Speaking at Vassar College bacculaureate ceremony - Poughkeepsie, NY.

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MK Asante, Saul Williams, Lowkey and Akala at the British Library - London, England.

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Q&A session after MK's talk at the British Library - London, England.

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MK Asante at LA Central Library ALOUD with Jeff Chang - Los Angeles, CA.

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Performing Godz N The Hood at LA Central Library - Los Angeles, CA.

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Student asking question at SMU Tate Lecture Series Student Forum - Dallas, TX.

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MK Asante speaking at Friendship West Baptist Church - Dallas, TX.

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MK Asante performing at The Warehouse - Windhoek, Namibia

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Audience for ALOUD event at LA Central Library - Los Angeles, CA.

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