UW Graduate School


TouréSignature Speaker, Equity and Difference Series

  • Journalist, culture critic, and co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC

April 5, 2016   |  7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

This event is sold out. As a courtesy the Graduate School will offer stand-by seating on a first-come; first served bases. Stand by seats will be released at 7:15 PM on the night of the event.

  • There will be a $5.00 fee for this lecture.

You do not need to be an alum of the University of Washington to attend or register.

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Microaggression: Power, Privilege, and Everyday Life

About Touré

His enlightening social commentary is inescapable—and it’s what we always need to hear. Touré is not only a force to be reckoned with in the world of music and pop-cultural reporting, but an omnipresent, indispensable voice on the top cultural issues of the day. An NBC contributor and MSNBC regular, he is a co-host of the cable channel’s ensemble show The Cycle.

As a journalist, Touré knows how to ask the questions that extract the most revealing answers from our pop culture idols. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, host of The Hip-Hop Show and On the Record for Fuse TV, and columnist for Time.com. Touré has interviewed nearly every major player in hip-hop as well as such superstars as Lady Gaga, Adele, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna.

Touré is the author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times and The Washington Post. In it, he takes a courageous look at what it means to be black in the age of Obama. A professor at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, he has been called “a one-man media conglomerate” by Newsweek editor Tina Brown. In 2013, he released a book on the legendary artist Prince titled I Would Die For U. He is currently working on two books, one on multi-platinum rapper Nas, as well as What’s a Real Man?, which investigates what it means to be a man in America today, scheduled for a spring 2015 release.

With candid humor, cultural expertise, and a healthy dose of irreverence, Touré engages audiences with his thought-provoking insights into everything from blackness, hip-hop, and pop stardom to politics, the economy, and the media.

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