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Malcolm London

Malcolm London

Mar 14th 2018 @ The Monocle

St. Louis, MO
I Was There
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
8:00 PM
The Monocle
St. Louis, MO
Malcolm London, called the Gil Scott-Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator & musician. London brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head-on. He appeared on PBS for the first-ever televised TED Talk with John Legend and Bill Gates and has shared stages with actor Matt Damon and rapper Lupe Fiasco.

As an organizer, London was part of a historic youth delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to address police violence in Chicago. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. London also runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago alongside his friend Chance The Rapper. He sees art as the intersection between justice and poetic imagination.

Malcolm is now taking what he's learned from teaching and becoming an artivist and putting it into music. London was one of three artists profiled in the Billboard Documentary piece, “Saving Chicago: Inside Hip-Hop's Movement to Make Chicago a Better Place,” when his debut project "OPIA," was released in October 2016. Since then he's played SXSW, Bonnaroo, Ubahn Fest in Cincinnati, Fountain Square Fest in Indianapolis, Halifax Pop Explosion and many more shows.

His latest project is called the "Right Away Series" released on January 19, 2018 on all music providers like iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify Soundcloud, and Tidal.