Hip-hop invaded the Tribeca Film Festival in a number of ways this year; just look at #CRWN with A$AP Rocky that just happened last week. Selma writer-director Ava DuVernay and hip-hop legend Q-Tip sat down at SVA last week for an hour-long talk, and it’s nothing short of captivating.
The interesting thing about their pairing, other than the fact that both Tip and DuVernay are accomplished and self-aware Black entertainers, is that they’ve both dabbled in each other’s fields. Tip has done his fair share of acting in the past (Poetic Justice, Brown Sugar, She Hate Me) and DuVernary started her career off as an MC and poet, whose ties to the hip-hop community are still strong. Watching them wax poetic about being Black in America, Hollywood’s perceptions of Black entertainers, and finding a nurturing space is an invaluable bit of time that I never thought I’d see. Check it out for yourself above.