SweeneyArtGallery Podcasts, Vol 3 : Issue 2.7 Ursula Rucker Live in Concert 00:02:34
Ursula Rucker is one of the architects of Philadelphia's poetic revisal. Drawing on influences from Black Arts Movement activist poet and icon Sonia Sanchez to Friday Kahlo, Zora Neal Hurston and even Prince, Rucker balances motherhood, activism and artistry with aplomb. With her rhythmic stories of struggle, she's confident, never preachy. Explaining her quest to rouse people from the dismal depths of the matrix and dish verse on subjects that society often keeps in the closet, she keeps it simple: "I am driven to deal with real issues. She's transfixed audiences from Tokyo to Capetown alongside the likes of Gil Scott-heron, Mos Def, Macy Gray, and the late Nina Simone.