Former Student Boots Riley Discusses Social Movements, Power Structures with Marc Maron

Monday, July 09, 2018

WTF POD -- Filmmaker and hip hop artist Boots Riley wants his audiences to be radically engaged. He grew up with parents who were organizers and he believes political radicalism prompts cultural change. Boots and Marc talk about social movements, power structures, and how he wanted to take on all of it with his years-in-the-making movie, Sorry To Bother You.

Riley’s father, a longtime civil-rights activist, attended San Francisco State.

“He was part of the San Francisco State strike in 1968 that created ethnic studies, and that’s where he met Danny Glover,” Riley says.

Boots Riley studied Cinema at San Francisco State in the early 1990s.