The Buck Series

Series produced by New Visions, New Voices

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The Buck Series is a 24-part audio series narrated by award-winning filmmaker, author, and professor, MK Asante exploring themes addressed in his critically acclaimed memoir, Buck.

The Buck Series is a 24-part audio series narrated by award-winning filmmaker, author, and professor, MK Asante exploring themes addressed in his critically acclaimed memoir, Buck. Each three-minute segment includes a dramatic reading and an artistic component addressing issues of education, the arts, family/community, hip-hop, mental health, and faith; and features the inimitable Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Fresh, edgy, dynamic, and groundbreaking, the Buck series is an inspiring tribute to the power of art and the human spirit of triumph, where success often comes only through travails.


24 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Using his mother’s struggles with depression and his sister’s battles with schizophrenia as a backdrop, MK Asante addresses mental health issues an...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Using excerpts from his mother’s diary as a glimpse into the mind of someone suffering from serious mental health issues, Asante redirects the list...

Bought by WEAA, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and KPVL


  • Added: Feb 22, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 3
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MK Asante draws parallels between community-based struggle as manifested in mass movements including the Civil Rights Movement and the individual-b...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Pointing to the environment as a learning tool, MK Asante interlaces personal stories of the unconventional teachers that allow his precocity to sh...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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While virtually bestowing deity status upon his older brother when he was a young boy, MK Asante learned firsthand the influence that siblings can ...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Propelled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, MK Asante’s self-discovery continues as his father and a teacher at an alternative school feed his...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante invites listeners to travel with him as an alternative educational system reinvigorates the natural curiosity that other schools—public a...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante takes listeners on a personal odyssey as he takes a fresh perspective on a common topic: the disparity between public and private schools...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante addresses the international reach and impact of Hip Hop, including its subversive potential to resist political and cultural dominance. G...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante addresses the critics of Hip Hop who see it reflecting the most degrading aspects of African American culture. Georgetown University soci...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante enlightens listeners on how the survival ethic that is at heart of Black life and culture permeates Hip Hop culture. Asante maintains th...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Using an undertone of Hip Hop poetic swag, MK Asante demonstrates that Hip Hop is more than a genre of music. He likens the five elements of Hip H...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante reflects on the relationship between self-love and faith. Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson lends his expe...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante offers that believing in a purpose greater than oneself is a key to happiness in life. Georgetown University professor of sociology Dr. M...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Distinguishing spirituality from religion, MK Asante reflects on the energy force that allows for strength and courage in the wake of the dimmest o...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante offers his thoughts on how believing in the abilities and genuineness of others can actually be self-empowering. Georgetown University pr...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Insisting that creativity and imagination are often stripped from the American education system, MK Asante offers ideas for its implementation. Geo...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante reveals the formula for efficacious writing and acknowledges the many languages of art. In this acknowledgment, Asante shares his effort...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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MK Asante lends his poetic voice to the discussion of the role of artists in impacting societal values—tackling issues of the influence of art in s...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Drawing parallels to some of the historical resistance movements of African-Americans, MK Asante offers five requisites for art. He maintains that...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 02:59
  • Purchases: 1