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Molefi K Asante, Jr. (born November 3, 1982) is an African-American professor, author, filmmaker, and activist. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe shortly after the Liberation Struggle, he is the son of scholar Molefi Kete Asante and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. He has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance."

He studied film and literature at the University of London,School of Oriental and African Studies, earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and English from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

In 2002, Asante, Jr.,'s first collection of poems, Like Water Running Off My Back, was published and won the Academy of American Poets Jean Corrie Prize for its title poem. Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Charles Fuller hailed the book as "remarkable" and proclaimed Asante a leader of a new generation of African-American writers. In October 2005, Asante's second collection of poems, Beautiful. And Ugly Too was published to critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times called Beautiful. And Ugly Too "a thought-provoking journey down the lonely road of wisdom and whiplash." Asante's third book, It's Bigger than Hip-Hop, is non-fiction piece that was released in 2008.

Check him out on Myspace or at Asante Filmwork

Here are clips from two Asante's Films

"500 Years Later"