Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Kweli: I’m not a Bay Area native. I’m originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Left there in ’74 to attend Fisk University. Transferred and finished at U of Arkansas in ’78. Lived in Atlanta and New Orleans and then moved to Bay ’81
Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Kweli: In terms of Political Consciousness.. ’72 after reading Autobiography of Malcolm X in 11th grade. Started writing my Freshman year at Fisk in ’74 and publicly or professionally since ’76. Wrote first book in ’85 after editing community based magazine, Foresight: a Holistic View of African American Struggle from ’81-84.
I’m also in my 25th year at Imhotep Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Berkeley.
Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Kweli: I find inspiration in nature, cosmos, and complex interactions of systems and patterns of organizations, movements and Indigenous Peoples.
Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased?
Kweli: For the love of Money by the O’Jays for album and maybe something by James Brown earlier.
Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Kweli: I just think it is important for each person to ascertain and do their best to fulfill their life purpose. If we all do our best at that, we will be operating from our higher self and do what’s best for our communities, indigenous people, the planet as well as ourselves and families.