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MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of the acclaimed memoir Buck, described 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 is a NAACP Image Award finalist. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.

Asante is a Sundance™ Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of Buck. He directed the prize-winning Starz TV documentary The Black Candle and wrote/produced 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards.

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 given distinguished lectures 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.

Called “the voice of a new generation” by Essence, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC, Revolt, NPR, BET, The Breakfast Club, and MTV. He was selected as “100 History Makers in the Making” by MSNBC The Grio and his inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition. Asante’s essays have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.

Described by Vibe magazine as “brilliantly complex,” Asante is a rap artist who has performed on four continents. His debut music project, the Buck: Original Book Soundtrack, was described by Okayplayer as “one of the most moving and visually brilliant rap projects to land in quite some time.”

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

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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

Like Water Running Off My Back: Poems

Like Water Running Off My Back: Poems

Speaking Topics
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Booking fees for MK Asante, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. 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.
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MK Asante

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MK Asante Biography

MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of the acclaimed memoir Buck, described 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 is a NAACP Image Award finalist. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.

Asante is a Sundance™ Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of Buck. He directed the prize-winning Starz TV documentary The Black Candle and wrote/produced 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards.

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 given distinguished lectures 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.

Called “the voice of a new generation” by Essence, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC, Revolt, NPR, BET, The Breakfast Club, and MTV. He was selected as “100 History Makers in the Making” by MSNBC The Grio and his inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition. Asante’s essays have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.

Described by Vibe magazine as “brilliantly complex,” Asante is a rap artist who has performed on four continents. His debut music project, the Buck: Original Book Soundtrack, was described by Okayplayer as “one of the most moving and visually brilliant rap projects to land in quite some time.”

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

MK Asante Videos

  • BUCK Book Trailer

MK Asante Books

MK Asante Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment 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. 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?

    Booking fees for MK Asante, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. 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.

MK Asante is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book MK Asante for your event is available upon request. MK Asante generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aaron McGruder, Kevin Powell, Justine Simmons, Bill Duke and Bruce George. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling MK Asante for an upcoming event.

MK Asante Speaker Videos

  • BUCK Book Trailer

MK Asante Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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