Inspirational Person of the Week
George the Poet
George the Poet, or George Mpanga, is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage who has received critical acclaim as an artist and a social commentator. In the interview below he talks about growing up with a lack of representation in the media of people who looked and sounded like him. Consequently, he gravitated towards rap music in which he started his career in, however he wanted to "evolve the conversation" and moved towards poetry and spoken word to reach a larger audience. More recently, he has moved towards podcasting to do this. In “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?”, George discusses growing up on a London council estate, school segregation, generational wealth, racist policing, and many, many more social political issues. The New Yorker describes it as "consciousness-streaming self-examination", and the latest season will be released later this year.