Join Tarik Trotter for an Albert Gallatin Lecture
Tarik Trotter, also known as Black Thought, is the MC of The Roots, an influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based hip-hop band -- described by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest live acts in the world" and by the Boston Globe as the "greatest hip-hop band in the land.”
Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer ?uestlove, is known for his live performance skills and his complex and politically aware lyrical content. Trotter and The Roots have paved the way for live instrumental rap and have won numerous awards for their jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy Awards and a 2007 NAACP Image Award.
Trotter has also appeared in numerous films, including Bamboozled and Brown Sugar. In 2009, Black Thought and The Roots joined Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as one of the coolest house bands in late night television history.
More recently, Trotter co-founded the GrassROOTS Community Foundation with sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, a health advocacy group promoting healthy lifestyles in young girls “to create a world where all girls grow up to be healthy women.”
He is currently working on a work on a solo album entitled Talented Mr. Trotter, as a well as a memoir.
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