Provocative and prolific, Oakland's own Boots Riley has written lyrics as the front man of underground favorites The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, and as a solo artist, for more than two decades. An activist, educator, and emcee, Riley's singular lyrical stylings combine hip-hop poetics, radical politics, and wry humor with Bay Area swag. Tonight, Litquake proudly presents the Bay Area launch of his new book Tell Homeland Security-We Are The Bomb, which brings together his songs, commentary, and backstories. Boots will be joined by W. Kamau Bell and Adam Mansbach in a conversation about the intersection of art and politics.
W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and host of the upcoming CNN travel show, The United Shades of America. He has appeared everywhere from FX (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) to Comedy Central’s @midnight, Meet The Press, WTF with Marc Maron, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, VanityFair.com, and Buzzfeed.
Adam Mansbach is author of the New York Times bestsellers Go the Fuck to Sleep and You Have to Fucking Eat. His other books include The End of the Jews, Angry Black White Boy, and Rage is Back, which is currently being adapted for television. He lives in Berkeley.
Boots Riley is author of Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb. He is an American poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer, and public speaker—best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. To date, Boots is the only known musical artist whose surveillance by intelligence agents has been exposed via WikiLeaks.