Watch award-winning poet and activist Nikki Giovanni perform her poem “Ego Tripping” on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this weekend.
Nikki Giovanni, the “Princess of Black Poetry,” published Black Feeling, Black Talk, her first collection of poetry, in 1968. Over 45 years, she has written over 30 books, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award and the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Giovanni is a university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech. (In 2007, she threatened that she would resign if the administration didn’t remove a disruptive student from her class. His name was Seung-Hui Cho, and he would go on to kill 32 students at Virginia Tech before shooting himself.)
You can also catch Giovanni talking about her new book, gun violence, her Thug Life tattoo, and the search for the world’s best beer on Democracy Now!