Chinaka Hodge has two big passions: hip hop and her native Oakland. As a teen, Hodge co-founded her own music group called “The Getback” and established herself as a spoken word performer with Oakland’s Youth Speaks and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Hodge doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects, tackling issues like gentrification, race and the killing of Oscar Grant. In her new book of poetry, “Dated Emcees,” Hodge finds inspiration in her sometimes messy love life. She joins us to talk about her writing and her upcoming project with “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler.
Rebroadcast: Chinaka Hodge on Love, Hip Hop and the Changing Face of Oakland
poet Chinaka Hodge (Photo: Stephen Hawk)
Chinaka Hodge, Oakland artist, poet & author of "Dated Emcees"