Aja Monet On “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”

Aja Monet On "People's Party With Talib Kweli"

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with poet, writer, lyricist, and activist:


Here’s what they got into:

  • Her and Vic Mensa’s rendition of the classic Black Star song, “Brown Skin Lady”
  • Visiting Cuba, meeting family there, and discussing the revolution
  • Love for hip hop activist and revolutionary, Nehanda Abiodun
  • The importance of the Nuyorican Poets Café and it’s connection to hip hop
  • How community was everything for developing poets while coming up
  • Being a part of the first “Brave New Voices” teen poetry slam and winning
  • Looking to make her elders like poet/activist June Jordan proud
  • Coming to Talib’s defense in her piece, “For Women, Love, and Hip Hop”
  • Talib clarifying the reasons he called out Maya Moody on Twitter
  • “We need to love each other more than we hate our enemies”
  • The complicated relationship between her and her mother growing up
  • The rappers and singers she listened to as an aspiring artist
  • Feeling motivated to use her gift of translating emotions into words
  • Aja’s “Give My Regards To Brooklyn” piece and talk about gentrification
  • Her poem, “The Whistleblower” about LAPD officer Christopher Dorner
  • The notion of hashtags becoming cemeteries and dangers of social media
  • George Floyd’s death being a wake up call to those denying police brutality
  • Her pushback of the capitalist “Rise and Grind” hustle culture
  • Wise words from poets Nikki Giovanni and Ntozake Shange
  • Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin’s interview on the 70s show “Soul!”
  • Phil Agnew, and the legacy of Dream Defenders activist organization
  • Why she chose to publicly show support for the Bernie Sanders campaign
  • Taking a hiatus from poetry while living in France and getting inspired again
  • Penning “Limbo” after witnessing someone being shot and killed
  • The relevance of her piece, “The Emerging Woman After Aborting A Girl”
  • How she was recruited by Eve Ensler to work with the V-Day movement
  • Her take on the term, “birth-givers”, that Rage Against The Machine used
  • How comedians should be triggering the questions nobody is asking
  • The practice of having conversations her younger-self and how much it helps
  • Making a poetry album over lockdown with today’s greatest jazz artists

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