MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia. Now he was alone—his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country—and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary.
Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper.
Asante is the author of several award-winning and critically acclaimed books, the winner of five international film festival awards and has produced several films, including a movie narrated by Maya Angelou. He studied at the University of London, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and a Master of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television. Asante currently serves as a tenured professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University.