Greg Tate

Visiting Professor of Africana Studies

Greg Tate is a write, musician, and producer who lives in Harlem. From 1987-2005 he was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice. Since 1999 Tate has led Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, a 14-25 member Conducted-Improvisation ensemble based on Butch Morris’s patented Conduction system.

Tate's writings on culture and politics have also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone,VIBE, Premiere, Essence, Suede, The Wire, One World, Downbeat, and Jazz Times. He was recently acknowledged by The Source magazine as one of the ‘Godfathers of Hiphop Journalism’. Tate has also written for the Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Tate Museums in London and Liverpool. His writing about visual art includes monographs and essays about Chris Ofili, Wangechi Mutu, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Kehinde Wiley, and Ramm El Zee.

The author's books include Everything But the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture (Harlem Moon/Random House, 2003), Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience (Acapella/Lawrence Hill, 2003); Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Essays on American Culture (Simon and Shuster, 1993). Next year Duke University Press will publish Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader.

His play, My Darling Gremlin (with live music score by Lawrence Butch Morris) was produced at Aaron Davis Hall in 1993 and at The Kitchen in 1995. His short feature film Black Body Radiation was completed in 2006. He also collaborated on the librettos for Juluis Hemphill’s opera Long Tongues (the Apollo Theatre Production) and for Leroy Jenkins’ Fresh Faust, (Boston ICA Production).

Selected Publications:

  • Everything But The Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture
  • Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience
  • Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Essays on American Culture

Courses Taught

  • The History of Afro-Futurism and Black Science Fiction