- September 7, 2018
- 7:30 pm
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Rapper, director, community organizer, author, poet, producer, screenwriter—it's easy to see why Boots Riley has become a Bay Area hero, lauded for his creative work as well as his activism. His art unflinchingly addresses the biggest challenges of our time, from his unapologetically progressive music, with The Coup, to his directorial debut film, Sorry to Bother You, which took Sundance (and the internet) by storm.
Whether he's on stage, behind the camera, or leading an activist movement, Boots creates change wherever he goes. Join Chinaka Hodge for a conversation with Boots that spans his life as an activist, his multidisciplinary artistic work, and the making of Sorry To Bother You.
Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, lecturer, and public speaker. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. Fervently dedicated to social change, Boots was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement and was one of the leaders of the activist group The Young Comrades.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed Tell Homeland Security We Are the Bomb.
Boots Riley wrote and directed Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy sci-fi film, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover, Patton Oswald, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick and Terry Crews.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland. She received her BA from NYU's Gallatin School, and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC's School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Chinaka has served as Educator, Program Director and Associate Artistic Director at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, she is a Senior Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and serves on the Advisory Board at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
In 2017 Chinaka was recognized with an Oakland Indie Award in the category of Oakland Soul, was one of Diablo Magazine's 40 under 40, and KQED's Women to Watch. Her 2016 book of poems, Dated Emcees, won Northern California Independent Booksellers Association's Book of the Year, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award, and praised by Jeff Chang, Dave Eggers, and Daveed Diggs. Chinaka has published three books, and in addition to speaking and leading workshops, she is currently working as a television writer in Los Angeles.