SummerStage: Talib Kweli (with Band) +
Film Screening: Brooklyn Boheme
Regarded as a virtuoso performer that continues to wow audiences and critics alike, Kweli has performed all over the world, offering fans his unique rhyming style. Famous for his collaborations with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Norah Jones and many more, Kweli has had a career filled with success and innovation. To many, it comes as no surprise that both Jay-Z and 50 Cent, at the height of their stardom, both counted Kweli among their favorite rappers.
Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to the vibrant African American artistic community that resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn during the 80’s and 90’s that included cultural icons such as Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez and Talib Kweli. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature length documentary celebrates “Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance” and follows the rise of a new kind of African American artist, the Brooklyn Boheme. This community of artists made this part of Brooklyn a mecca for young blacks and Latinos, where they were bonded by great ambition, good times and jamming parties. Co-directed by award winning film director Diane Paragas, Brooklyn Boheme is a chronicle of that magical time.