Nikki Giovanni In Her Own Words


Poet Nikki Giovanni photographed at NPR West studios. Bettina Wiesenthal-Birch, NPR hide caption

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Nikki Giovanni, the former Black Nationalist poet, has gone mainstream without losing her edge.

The legendary wordsmith joins Farai Chideya to talk poetry, black culture and the recent shootings at Virginia Tech.

Giovanni is a Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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