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MK Asante

Best-selling Author, Award-winning Filmmaker, Recording Artist & Professor

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MK Asante Biography

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, "Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony," is forthcoming (Amistad/HarperCollins, May 21, 2024).

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 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 wrote the official Monday Night Football anthem, “In the Air Tonight,” performed by Grammy-winning artist 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.

Speaking Topics
  • Fade to Black: Camera as a Weapon

    As professor of film at Morgan State University and an expert for the State Department’s American Documentary Showcase, MK Asante discusses independent filmmaking and his travels throughout Africa training filmmakers and shooting footage. This lecture includes highlights of his film, The Black Candle (2008), co-written and narrated by Maya Angelou.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • How a Blank Page Became BUCK

    MK Asante illuminates the stories behind his memoir: an unforgettable coming-of-age story about one brilliant, rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of contemporary urban America, and how he overcame the odds he was born into. Drawing on his own life, Asante inspires audiences to seek out the healing, redemptive power of art, education and personal inspiration.

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Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony

Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony

Buck: A Memoir

Buck: A Memoir

It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

Beautiful. And Ugly Too

Beautiful. And Ugly Too

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  • HOW TO BOOK MK Asante?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like MK Asante for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for MK Asante, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for MK Asante or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK MK Asante?

    Speaking fees for MK Asante, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that MK Asante charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire MK Asante, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR MK Asante?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like MK Asante for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book MK Asante for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent MK Asante or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for MK Asante or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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MK Asante Biography

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, "Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony," is forthcoming (Amistad/HarperCollins, May 21, 2024).

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 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 wrote the official Monday Night Football anthem, “In the Air Tonight,” performed by Grammy-winning artist 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.

MK Asante Speaking Topics

  • Fade to Black: Camera as a Weapon

    As professor of film at Morgan State University and an expert for the State Department’s American Documentary Showcase, MK Asante discusses independent filmmaking and his travels throughout Africa training filmmakers and shooting footage. This lecture includes highlights of his film, The Black Candle (2008), co-written and narrated by Maya Angelou.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • How a Blank Page Became BUCK

    MK Asante illuminates the stories behind his memoir: an unforgettable coming-of-age story about one brilliant, rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of contemporary urban America, and how he overcame the odds he was born into. Drawing on his own life, Asante inspires audiences to seek out the healing, redemptive power of art, education and personal inspiration.

MK Asante Videos

  • MK Asante Visits the Uhuru Academy!
    Scholar, Author, Artist, and Director MK Asante visits The Uhuru Academy Village to discuss his film, "The Black Candle" and the importance of the...
  • 2021 Honors Convocation Keynote Address (MK Asante)
    During Morgan’s 2021 Honors Convocation professor MK Asante from the College of Liberal Arts’ Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program...
  • 2020 Overlake Writers' Symposium: MK Asante
    The author of Buck speaks to Overlake Upper School students during our Writers' Symposium. NOTE: There is STRONG language in this content that some...

MK Asante Books

FAQs on booking MK Asante

  • How to book MK Asante?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like MK Asante for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for MK Asante, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for MK Asante or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book MK Asante?

    Speaking fees for MK Asante, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that MK Asante charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire MK Asante, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for MK Asante?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like MK Asante for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book MK Asante for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent MK Asante or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for MK Asante or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

MK Asante is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Fade to Black: Camera as a Weapon, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop and How a Blank Page Became BUCK. The estimated speaking fee range to book MK Asante for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. MK Asante generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kevin Powell, Spike Lee, Bruce George, Alvin Poussaint and Aaron McGruder. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling MK Asante for an upcoming live or virtual event.

MK Asante Speaking Topics

  • Fade to Black: Camera as a Weapon

    As professor of film at Morgan State University and an expert for the State Department’s American Documentary Showcase, MK Asante discusses independent filmmaking and his travels throughout Africa training filmmakers and shooting footage. This lecture includes highlights of his film, The Black Candle (2008), co-written and narrated by Maya Angelou.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Inspired by his book of the same name, MK Asante explores the role hip-hop plays in today’s culture. Drawing on insightful anecdotes, rap lyrics, and personal conversations with hip hop icons and youth around the world, MK Asante dives into the urgent social and political issues surrounding the past, present and future of the subculture.

  • How a Blank Page Became BUCK

    MK Asante illuminates the stories behind his memoir: an unforgettable coming-of-age story about one brilliant, rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of contemporary urban America, and how he overcame the odds he was born into. Drawing on his own life, Asante inspires audiences to seek out the healing, redemptive power of art, education and personal inspiration.

MK Asante Speaker Videos

  • MK Asante Visits the Uhuru Academy!
    Scholar, Author, Artist, and Director MK Asante visits The Uhuru Academy Village to discuss his film, "The Black Candle" and the importance of the Nguzo Saba!
    2021 Honors Convocation Keynote Address (MK Asante)
    During Morgan’s 2021 Honors Convocation professor MK Asante from the College of Liberal Arts’ Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program delivered the keynote address. Professor Asante is a...
  • 2020 Overlake Writers' Symposium: MK Asante
    The author of Buck speaks to Overlake Upper School students during our Writers' Symposium. NOTE: There is STRONG language in this content that some might offensive.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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