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Past Event

Vibrate Higher with Talib Kweli and Boots Riley

Music has an unrivaled ability to shape culture. Rapper Talib Kweli has always had his finger on the pulse of political conversation, penning lyrics that reflect American realities. Kweli has released eight solo albums and seven collaboration albums. In his new book, Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story, Kweli details his life growing up in Brooklyn, where hip hop was a central means of cultural expression, to finding success in his musical career both as a solo artist and as a member of the duo Black Star.

In a time when racial justice is both imperative and elusive, Kweli argues for employing creativity toward a greater cause. At INFORUM, join Kweli for a discussion on culture, politics and how both play a key part in writing music that is socially relevant. He will be in conversation with rapper and filmmaker Boots Riley.


This is a free-for-members program. Members: Click on the "Buy Tickets" button above to order your tickets, and select the members link on the left side of the page. Your username is the email you used to sign up as a member. You can also request a password reset if needed. Discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Post-event video will be available at no cost after the event for ticket purchasers and Commonwealth Club members.

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INFORUM can accommodate a limited number of complimentary tickets for those for whom cost is a barrier. Please email

Copies of Vibrate Higher are available for purchase at checkout (U.S. domestic shipping only); our thanks to Marcus Books for fulfilling book orders.

Marcus Books

This is an online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. 

February 18, 2021

United States

Image - Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Activist; Author, Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story

In Conversation with Boots Riley

Rapper; Filmmaker; Activist


6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time) program