From Black Voices — Rapper Talib Kweli made a mark on hip-hop music with his debut album, “Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star,” in 1998.

The conscious Brooklyn rapper also collaborated with hip-hop artists Hi-Tek and Kanye West to create hits like the “The Blast” and “Get By.” Since then, Kweli’s created a website, “Year of The Blacksmith,” and released his latest CD, “Gutter Rainbows,” on Jan 25th.

Here Kweli talks Black History Month and what it means to him.Black VoicesWhat was the most pivotal moment in history that impacted you and why?

Talib Kweli: In my own experience, it was seeing Stevie Wonder perform at the White House as a child in the early 1980s. It was extremely moving, and I was fortunate to have my mother take me to see him in person.

BV: Do you celebrate black history?

TK: Yes, but I think it should be incorporated into general history. I believe in the importance of Carter G. Woodson‘s idea, but I don’t do anything particularly special for the month. As an African American, I think it should be a part of everyday life. This country was built on the backs of African Americans and this history is the world’s history.

BV: Did you celebrate black history as a youth? How?

TK: Yes, I did with my parents, but in school I don’t think it’s done in a genuine way. For example, my wife is from Texas, where racism is rampant, and celebrating Black History Month in school did give her a sense of pride but made her feel slightly embarrassed.

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