Greg Tate
Cultural Critic
New York, NY
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

The Source magazine called cultural critic, journalist, and musician Greg Tate one of the “Godfathers of Hip-Hop Journalism” for his incisive views on the genre’s cultural implications. Formerly a staff writer at the Village Voice (1987–2005), Tate’s books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America (1992) and Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture (2003). In addition to publishing interviews with numerous luminaries such as Miles Davis, George Clinton, Cassandra Wilson, and Ornette Coleman, he has written one play, My Darlin Gremlin (produced 1993), and a science-fiction short film, Black Body Radiation (2006). He is also musical director of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, a conducted-improvisation musical ensemble.

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    Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America, 1992, photo credit the artist and Simon & Schuster
Artwork by Greg Tate