“Brooks People” explores the life, the legacy and the impact of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize. This short documentary features Cornell West, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Joyce Owens, H.A.G.L. and Nora Brooks Blakely, the daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks. Rare footage of Brooks from 1966 and recent footage, featuring Kevin Coval, Talib Kweli, Common, and Kanye West with commentary from his mother and Brooks’ colleague, Dr. Donda West draws the lineage from Brooks’ poem, “We Real Cool” to Hip Hop.
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Cornell West , Nora Brooks Blakely, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Donda West