The Last Poets will headline a virtual event this coming Tuesday (May 19th) called Bridging The Gap: An Evening Of Conversation With The Last Poets. The Universal Hip Hop Museum and Video Box Music Association are presenting the discussion that will include special guests Rapsody, Black Thought, KRS-One, Doug E. Fresh, Chubb Rock, Rakim, Jadakiss, Smif-N-Wessun, Sonia Sanchez and others. They will be honoring the 50th anniversary of The Last Poets debut album. Ralph McDaniels, of Video Music Box, will be hosting the event.
The Last Poets emerged in 1970 with poetry that focused on the conflicts of being Black in a post-segregationist America. Their style has long-been recognized as a major part of the nucleus of hip-hop. In 2019, they released their most recent album with Transcending Toxic Times. Founding member Jalal Mansur Nuriddin died in 2018. Surviving members Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan and Don Babatunde will talk with poet Jessica Care Moore, filmmaker Michael Holman and Chuck D. The event takes place at 7PM ET on Facebook.