Speaker: Talib Kweli
If skills sold, Talib Kweli would have been one of the most
commercially successful rappers of his time. As it was, however,
the earnest MC became one of the most critically successful rappers
of his time, which dawned in the late '90s when he rapped alongside
Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. A Brooklyn
native, Talib Kweli Greene is the eldest of two sons born to
parents who were both educators. Considering that the Arabic
translation of Talib Kweli means "student of truth," it's obvious
that his cerebral and socially relevant approach to MCing was
destined from Day One. As a kid, Kweli was an avid reader and
gifted writer. In elementary school, he began writing plays, poetry
and short stories. It wasn't until years later in high school that
he turned to hip-hop as an outlet for his self-expression.
The lecture will focus on the anthropology of hip-hop and its
impact in a global society. He will also provide his own
history in hip-hop, his quest for knowledge, and how his love for
hip-hop was honed throughout his years growing up in New York
Required. SORRY! This event has
reached capacity, so we are no longer taking reservations.
Students who have reserved a spot should arrive 30 minutes early
with their storm card. Only those on the reservation list
will be admitted.
We appreciate your enthusiasm for this program and hope to bring
in similar artists in the future!
Date: Tuesday, April 24th,
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Little Theatre, Queens