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Pharoahe Monch’s P.T.S.D.: Hip-Hop, Black Men, and Mental Health

November 1st, 2017
12:00 PM


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The day after his 45th birthday, Queens-based rapper Pharoahe Monch settled into his seat in the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. Monch is no stranger to Durham, his most recent visit being last spring when he performed at Art of Cool Fest. This time, however, his purpose was greater: a week in residence at Duke University. Monch spent his week attending Duke’s renowned History of Hip Hop Class (co-taught by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th Wonder), offering guidance to students, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and performing at the Reynolds Industries Theater. CONTINUE READING

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem

A light lunch will be served.

In this wide-ranging talk, acclaimed Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch discusses his career, musical influences, and struggle with depression — a theme whose broader social and political implications he explored on his 2014 concept album, P.T.S.D. Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Photo credit: Peter Goodbody.

Pharoahe Monch

Hip-Hop Artist

Pharoahe Monch is a rapper from Queens, New York, known for his complex lyrics, delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. As a member of the 90s duo Organized Konfusion, Monch developed a reputation as one of underground hip-hop's preeminent voices, crafting intricate, intelligent tracks with partner Prince Poetry. He released his full-length solo debut, Internal Affairs, in 1999, followed by Desire in 2007 and W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in 2011. His 2014 release, P.T.S.D.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was another ambitious, conceptual effort, this time tackling a range of deeply personal themes, including trauma, depression, and the catharsis that art provides in the wake of such experiences.

Mark Anthony Neal

Duke University

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).

He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal hosts the video webcast "Left of Black", which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.