Notes to A Tribe Called Quest

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“It’s a book about a rap group, but, more particularly, a book that is examining how fandom seeps into our lives.” In this PBS NewHour video, Hanif Abdurraqib speaks with Amna Nawaz about his memoir, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas Press, 2019), and the ways in which music intertwines with identity and the poignant moments in our lives.

Hanif Abdurraqib Reads Two Poems

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“My small and eager darlings / what it must be like / to have the sound for love / and the sound for fear / be a matter of pitch...” Poet, essayist, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib reads his poem “For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on Sidewalks in Connecticut” and a poem inspired by a Radiohead song at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City as part of the Mission Creek Live Series.

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Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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Poet and essayist Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib reads his poem “When I Say That Loving Me Is Kind of Like Being a Chicago Bulls Fan” from his debut poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), at the Sheen Center in New York. His debut essay collection, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), uses music and culture as a lens to view the world.

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Ode to Prince

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“Anything wet and eager enough to consume the skin can be called a baptism.” In this video from Button Poetry, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib reads “Ode to Prince” from his debut poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016).

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