I sat down with Touré at Red Emma's and talked process, influence, the importance of sports, and the nature of activist art.
As if I needed more evidence of the ways in which art, literature, and activism intertwine in this city, our chat was interrupted by author D.
“We locked ourselves in the condo for three days, and said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we’re going to have this business plan.
King remembers working out the club’s initial business plan during a weekend in the Gassers’ New Jersey condo in August 2014.
16, Chuck King and his staff are prepared to get slammed by a rush of eager customers.
“We know we’re going to get our asses handed to us,” says King, one of four co-owners of the entertainment complex. We’re ready for it, but we want to try and do it as quietly as possible.
Following the reading, Touré told me that after May he would probably stop performing the poem and let it just live on the page, possibly in his next collection of poetry, because what does it mean to have a local "hit" poem on police brutality?
It seems important to keep things in perspective and moving forward, what with the cottage industry of social justice-oriented panels, conferences, documentaries and the like since the Baltimore Uprising—and especially because Touré is one of those voices that has been raised since last April.
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