by Robert Bell
BLESS THE MIC: TOURE
7 p.m. Philander Smith College. Free.
Brooklyn-based journalist, novelist, critic and television host Toure has written for Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Playboy and other notable publications, covering a who's who of the biggest names in pop and hip-hop.
He's published several books, including a volume out this week about Prince. It sounds promising: "Expect to understand Prince's life and music better than ever before. It's not a biography, it's a deconstruction and appreciation bolstered by interviews with many past Prince associates and an interview I did with Prince in 1998," he notes.
Toure's most recently published work, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness" in 2011, earned critical acclaim and was included in the annual New York Times list of the most notable books of the year. He's hosted several TV shows on MTV2, BET, Fuse, CNN, The Tennis Channel and a show called "I'll Try Anything Once" that found him wading into all manner of crazy stunts, including demolition derbies, rodeos and an actual stuntman academy. He currently co-hosts MSNBC's "The Cycle."
Now, that list might seem like simply a rundown of Toure's resume, but it's also indicative of a guy who is interested in doing a million different things and seems to do all million of them very well. Those folks are rare. This should be an interesting presentation.