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    Cleveland Public Library Welcomes Wu-Tang Clan Founder RZA to Writers & Readers Series

    4/9/2013 12:58:55 PM

    We welcome RZA, founder and mastermind of the seminal hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan, on Friday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue. Youth advocate, Basheer Jones, will moderate the discussion.

    Rapper and Producer to engage in wide-ranging dialogue on his life and work.

    “Each year, CPL’s Writers and Readers series introduces Clevelanders to a diverse group of fascinating writers, and RZA is a perfect example,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “Many may only know him for his musical accomplishments, but his skills go well beyond beats, and his writing well beyond lyrics. We expect a packed house to hear his talk.”

    Since the release of The Wu-Tang Clan’s first album 20 years ago, RZA (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) has been an influential leader in the music world, performing and producing works that took rap and hip-hop culture in revolutionary directions. RZA’s musical efforts extend well beyond the Wu-Tang universe, creating scores for numerous films such as Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and producing the work of artists as diverse as Kanye West and The Black Keys.

    In addition to music, RZA is a skilled actor, film director, martial artist, chess master, and philosopher. He is also an accomplished writer, authoring screenplays, poetry, and two books of philosophy, The Wu-Tang Manual and The Tao of Wu, in which he explains his seven “Pillars of Wisdom,” representing seven “key turning points in his life.” One of his most recent works was writing the screenplay for his motion picture directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, in which he stars alongside Russell Crowe.

    RZA’s talk at CPL is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 300 people will receive a free copy of The Tao of Wu.