Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell, who has been a fixture in the literary world for more than 30 years and has been an authority on Black culture for decades, writing brilliantly and thoughtfully about all facets of Black life for publications like Vibe magazine and in his 15 books. His latest, Grocery Shopping With My Mother, is another thought-provoking but sensitive read.

The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, studied at Rutgers University through the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth.

“Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance,” Kevin said.

He went on to become a poet and journalist and the author of 15 books, such as his just-released Grocery Shopping with My Mother, a new collection of poetry; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen.

His upcoming books are The Kevin Powell Reader, a collection of his writings, interviews, and speeches covering three decades; and his biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Quincy Jones’ Vibe magazine. He has lectured and worked and traveled in all 50 American states and five of the world’s seven continents. Kevin is directing, writing, and producing his first documentary film, titled “When We Free The World,” about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, fathers and sons. Additionally, Kevin is the playwright of an upcoming stage play based on the poems in Grocery Shopping with My Mother. He is a proud and long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York

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