Tariq Trotter in Conversation with Jon Stewart
Co-presented By BAM And Greenlight Bookstore
“One of hip-hop’s greatest MCs… with enough insights for two lifetimes”—Lin-Manuel Miranda
A towering figure in hip-hop, the legendary MC of The Roots Tariq Trotter—better known as Black Thought—is joined byJon Stewart to discuss his new book The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are. Trotter’s story begins with a tragedy: as a child, he burned down his family’s home. The years that follow are the story of a life snatched from the flames and forged in fire, told through vivid vignettes.
A compellingly poetic account of one artist’s creative and emotional origins, The Upcycled Self also explores the vital questions we all have to confront about our formative years: How can we see the story of our own young lives clearly? How do we use that story to understand who we’ve become? What do we take forward, what do we pass on, and what do we leave behind?
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BIOTariq TrotterTariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, is one of the most powerful voices in hip-hop. Winner of three Grammy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards, Trotter has delivered eleven albums with The Roots and leads the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His albums outside of The Roots include the three volumes of Streams of Thought, Cheat Codes (with Danger Mouse), and Glorious Game (with El Michels Affair). He co-wrote, co-composed, and starred in the Off-Broadway play Black No More and boasts acting credits in The Deuce and Tick, Tick . . . Boom!, among others. With Questlove, Trotter launched the production company Two One Five Entertainment, which produced the documentaries Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America, Descendant, and others.
BIOJon StewartJon Stewart is considered one of America’s top social and comedic voices. Over his 16 year run as host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart redefined political satire in American culture. Since leaving The Daily Show, Stewart has used his voice in a sustained advocacy for 9/11 first responders and war veterans’ health benefits. In 2019, he received the New York City Bronze Medallion for his “tireless advocacy, inspiration, and leadership [helping to] pass the permanent authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” He continued using his platform as an advocate for veterans by being instrumental in helping pass the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which expands health care access and funding to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service, including burn pits. Stewart currently hosts and executive produces the Emmy Award nominated show The Problem with Jon Stewart on AppleTV+ and he is an executive producer on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stewart is also a New York Times best-selling author and an accomplished film director and producer.