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Touré (journalist)

Touré in 2006
Born Touré Neblett
(1971-03-20) March 20, 1971
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Occupation TV host, novelist, journalist, cultural critic
Language English
Nationality American

Touré (born Touré Neblett; March 20, 1971) is an American writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality. He is the host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On the Record and co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC. He was also a contributor to MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show and serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.[2] He teaches a course on the history of hip hop at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, part of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.[3]

Touré is the author of several books, including The Portable Promised Land (2003), Soul City (2004), Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now (2011), and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (2013).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Writing career 2.1
    • Television 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Touré was born Touré Neblett in Boston on March 20, 1971.[1][4][5] He attended Milton Academy.[6] He attended Emory University but dropped out after his junior year. He took a graduate course at Columbia University’s graduate school of creative writing.


Writing career

While a student at Emory University, Touré founded the school's black student newspaper, The Fire This Time.[7] In an interview with The Daily Caller in 2013, Touré said The Fire This Time had been "an important black voice on campus" and "a form of community building."[8][9] The Daily Caller's article on Touré and his college years was critical, claiming that The Fire This Time was a "militant" African-American publication.[8][9]

Touré began his career as a music journalist. He has contributed essays and articles to Rolling Stone,[2][10][11][12] Essence,.[13] The New Yorker,[14] The New York Times,[15] Playboy,[16] Time,[17] The Village Voice,[18] Vibe, and Ebony.[19] His Rolling Stone article about Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Kurt is My Co-Pilot", was included in The Best American Sports Writing 2001.[12][20] Touré has written five books, including Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?, a collection of interviews, in which black people discuss what the benefits of the Civil Rights movement mean to them,[5][21][22] and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, a Prince biography.[5][23]


Touré interviewing DJ Spooky at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.

Touré has appeared on television as a pop culture correspondent for CNN, MSNBC, BET, and other networks.[2] He hosted the series Community Surface on Tennis Channel,[24] and was one of the journalists interviewed for biographical insight into the life of rapper Eminem on the A&E Biography episode devoted to that musician.[25] He currently hosts The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, moderate Republican Abby Huntsman, and The Nation correspondent Ari Melber.[26]

Touré criticized and debated with

  • Touré on Twitter
  • Touré on Facebook
  • Touré on Typepad blog
  • The Career Cookbook Touré profile

External links

  1. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, 2006, s.v. "Toure." "Personal Information: Born March 20, 1971, in Boston, MA; married Rita Nakouzi, March 19, 2005."
  2. ^ a b c Menz, Wonders, Petey E., Jeannie Sui (March 27, 2012). "Critic Touré Reveals Prince's Religious Roots".  
  3. ^ Toure, Faculty directory, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "Target Entertainment launches over 100 hours of new programming at MIPTV". Target Entertainment Group. March 21, 2011. Quote: "...renowned music journalist Touré Neblett talks with some of the most provocative players in music today...."
  5. ^ a b c Lewis, Miles Marshall (August 25, 2011). "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Black". Huffington Post. Quote: "Touré Neblett is the cultural critic folks love to hate."
  6. ^ "Touré BIOGRAPHY: Writer, Journalist, Critic and Television Host". Big City Pictures. February 1, 2008.
  7. ^ Loftus, Mary J. (Autumn 2009). "News makers". Emory Magazine. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Johnson, Charles C.; Girdusky, Ryan (April 9, 2013). "MSNBC’s Touré founded militant anti-white student paper".  
  9. ^ a b Ritz, Eric (April 9, 2013). "Report: MSNBC Host Touré Founded a 'Militant Anti-White Student Newspaper'". Yahoo! News.
  10. ^ Touré (2006). "The Book of Jay".  
  11. ^ "Adele Opens Up About Her Inspirations, Looks and Stage Fright in New Rolling Stone Cover Story".  
  12. ^ a b Mattei, Al. "Book Review: Visionary Choice Mark 2001 Edition". Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Lewis, Miles Marshall (August 25, 2011). "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Black". The Huffington Post.
  14. ^ Touré (March 23, 2014). "Black and White on Martha's Vineyard". New York magazine.
  15. ^ Touré (August 5, 2011). "Preconceptions". The New York Times.
  16. ^ Touré (April 2014). "How the Central Park Five Still Haunt America". Playboy. pp 54-58, 126-127
  17. ^ Touré (April 11, 2013). "Viewpoint: You Can't Be An 'Accidental' Racist". Time.
  18. ^ Touré (January 24, 2006}. "Platinum Reputation". The Village Voice.
  19. ^ "Culture Critic Touré to Discuss 'Post-Blackness,' Dec. 1". Duke University. November 28, 2011.
  20. ^ "Best American Sports Writing Index 1991-2012". Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ Patterson, Orlando (September 22, 2011). "The Post-Black Condition". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "Touré". Time. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  23. ^ Pierre, Brittny (March 7, 2013. "Touré Tackles Prince in New Book, Finds Jesus, Discovers They're One in the Same ". The Village Voice.
  24. ^ "Community Surface". Tennis Channel. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  25. ^ Biography: Eminem. A&E
  26. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (June 21, 2012). "Kornacki an MSNBC host, too". Salon Magazine. Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  27. ^ Allison Samuels (31 March 2012). "Piers Morgan Vs. Touré: How the CNN Host Blew It". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  28. ^ Tommy Christopher (30 March 2012). "Update: Piers Morgan Books MSNBC's Touré in Real Time to Settle Twitter Feud". Mediaite. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  29. ^ Erik Wemple (17 August 2012). "MSNBC’s Touré apologizes for ‘niggerization’ remark".  
  30. ^ Jessica Chasmar (27 May 2014). "MSNBC’s Touré says ‘power of whiteness’ benefited Holocaust survivors". The Washington Times. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  31. ^ Ross, L.A. (May 27, 2014). "MSNBC Host Apologizes for ‘Power of Whiteness’ Tweet About Holocaust". MSNBC.
  32. ^ Navas, Judy Cantor. "Rita Nakouzi and Touré". The New York Times. March 27, 2005
  33. ^ Copage, Eric V. (May 22, 2009). "Rita Nakouzi and Touré". The New York Times.


  • The Portable Promised Land: Stories. New York: Back Bay Books. 2003.  
  • Soul City: A Novel. New York: Macmillan. 2005.  
  • Never Drank the Kool-Aid: Essays. New York: Macmillan. 2006.  
  • Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2011.  
  • I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon. New York: Atria Books. 2013.  


On March 19, 2005, Touré married Rita Nakouzi on a beach in best man. Touré and his wife live in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.[32] They have a son named Hendrix and a daughter named Fairuz.[33]

Personal life

[31][30] tweeted at Touré, "My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work" to which Touré replied, "the power of whiteness." Touré later apologized for his comment, saying, "In an attempt to comment on racism in post World War II America, I used a shorthand that was insensitive and wrong."Yo, Dat's Racis'!! for implying Holocaust survivors succeeded in the U.S. after the Second World War because they were white. A blogger from the website Simon Wiesenthal Center In May 2014, Touré drew criticism from the [29] "angry", and referred to this as "niggerization". He apologized for using the word the next day.Barack Obama engaged in racial coding by calling President Mitt Romney, Touré said that Republican presidential nominee The Cycle In August 2012, as part of a discussion on [28][27]

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