In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with poet, writer, professor, and leading figure in the Black Arts Movement:
Here's what they got into:
- How Sonia's sons Mungu and Morani convinced her to give hip hop a chance
- The power of Eric B. & Rakim's song "Casualties Of War"
- Her deep involvement in the creation of the Black Arts Movement in the 60s
- How the death of Malcolm X played a role in how the movement got started
- Witnessing Abbey Lincoln recite "Who Will Revere the Black Woman?"
- Her experience growing up in Birmingham, Alabama
- How the untimely death of her mother led Sonia to develop a stutter
- Sonia's 1971 album 'A Sun Lady For All Seasons Reads Her Poetry'
- The significance of spoken word and it being the precursor to hip hop
- How the Schomburg Center in Harlem changed her life in a profound way
- The story of the F.B.I. showing up at her door and labeling her a militant
- Going to Mexico City and climbing the pyramids after the death of Malcolm X
- Why the role of the Black poet in 2022 hasn't changed since the 60s
- Teaching a young man about the importance of respecting Black women
- Reciting her "10 Haikus for Max Roach" and a piece she write while in China