Malcolm London

malcolm-london-headshot2-16Malcolm London, called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator & musician. London brings vim & vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head-on.

He has appeared on PBS for the first ever televised TED Talk with John Legend & Bill Gates & has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & rapper Lupe Fiasco as a part of The People Speak, Live! cast. He also appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. In 2011, Malcolm London won the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, scooping the top award as both individual performer & with a team.

The poet, performer & activist recently wrote & directed a spoken word infused play responding to the Zimmerman verdict called Two Years Later at the Goodman Theatre with an ensemble of five youth poets. As an organizer, London was a part of a historic youth delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to address police violence in Chicago.

In November of 2015 London was targeted & arrested by Chicago Police who claimed London assaulted a police officer but due to an international outcry via social media & hundreds of people's presence at Cook County jail for a  court hearing to address these false claims all charges were dropped the very next day(#FreeMalcolmLondon).

London, who runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago alongside friend Chance the Rapper, sees art as the intersection between justice & poetic imagination. Malcolm is now taking what he's learned from teaching & becoming an artivist & putting it into music.