Confessions of a Recovering Misogynist: A Not So Good Brother Describes His Struggle to Become a Better Man - Kevin Powell

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 02 Oct 2001 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
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Kevin Powell has been hailed as one of the most important voices of his generation. Famed scholar Michael Eric Dyson calls Kevin "one of America's most brilliant young cultural critics." A poet, journalist, essayist, public speaker, hip-hop historian, political activist, and TV, radio, and internet commentator, Kevin is perhaps best known for his stint as a cast member on the first season of MTV's hugely successful series "The Real...

Presenter: Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell has been hailed as one of the most important voices of his generation. Famed scholar Michael Eric Dyson calls Kevin "one of America's most brilliant young cultural critics." A poet, journalist, essayist, public speaker, hip-hop historian, political activist, and TV, radio, and internet commentator, Kevin is perhaps best known for his stint as a cast member on the first season of MTV's hugely successful series "The Real World" (New York City). A prolific writer, Kevin's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in a range of publications like Newsweek, Code, Essence, The Washington Post, and Vibe, where he worked as a senior writer for several years, interviewing prominent figures such as Colin Powell, feminist scholar Dr. bell hooks, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Spike Lee, Aaliyah, Suge Knight, and, most famously, the late Tupac Shakur on several occasions. An admitted workaholic and risk-taker, Kevin Powell has always lived his life on the edge, refusing to be trapped by the poverty that shaped his youth. The only child of a single mother who left the rural South in search of a better life, Kevin grew up on the mean streets of Jersey City, New Jersey. Through an intense yearning for knowledge and a great love of reading, he overcame countless obstacles to attend Rutgers University in the mid-to-late 1980s, studying Political Science and English. Determined not to be pigeonholed in the journalism arena, Kevin stuck with his childhood literary dreams and has published four books, including the recent Step Into A World: A Global Anthology of The New Black Literature (2000). This anthology is a definitive collection of the best writers of the hip-hop generation born between 1957 and 1977. Kevin Powell serves as editor of this historic text. Kevin's upcoming book projects include Who's Gonna Take The Weight, his second collection of essays, which will be published in the Fall of 2002; and Who Shot Ya? The Hip-Hop Photographs of Ernie Paniccioli, of which Kevin serves as editor. Who Shot Ya? will be the first major pictorial history of hip-hop culture compiled by one photographer. Because of his television exposure and literary and journalism work, Kevin is also a highly sought after public speaker: he has lectured on racism, sexism, American popular culture, Black and American history, Martin Luther King, Jr., contemporary literature, multiculturalism, and the history of hip-hop at dozens of colleges and universities across America, including Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Howard, Indiana University, the University of Kansas, Wake Forest, and Spelman College, as well as various political, cultural, and corporate gatherings.