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Greg Tate

Greg Tate is a writer, musician, and cultural provocateur who lives on Harlem’s Sugar Hill and whose books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America (Duke University Press, 1992) and Everything But the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture (Broadway Books, 2004). His most recent publication is Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader (Duke University Press, 2016). Tate has also led the Conducted Improv big band Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber since 1999, and is a proud member of Howard University’s Bison Nation. He has formally taught at the universities of Yale, Columbia, and Brown, and Williams College. His most recent Visiting Faculty appointments were at Princeton University, where he taught ‘The Loud Black and Proud Musicology of Amiri Baraka’, and New York University, where he debuted ‘A Brief History of Woke Black Music’.