Called the Gil-Scott Heron of his generation by Cornel West, Malcolm London is an internationally recognized poet, activist, and educator. A member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater, he has appeared on PBS for the first ever televised TED Talk with John Legend and Bill Gates, and has shared stages with actor Matt Damon and rapper Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak Live! cast. He also appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. In 2011, Malcolm London won the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, in both individual and team performance. Malcolm’s work has been featured on national outlets including CBS, NPR, Huffington Post, The Root, and the Chicago Tribune. London attends University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a member and co-chair of BYP100 Chicago Chapter, a national organization of Black activists. London is currently devoted to being a youth advocate and coordinator of The Know Your Rights Project out of Northwestern Law School, a project dedicated to educating young people on their rights within the juvenile justice system, and continuing his work as teaching artist on staff at Young Chicago Authors, a program working to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.
"Detroit is the lost city of Atlantis, drowning in misappropriated funds" is London's compelling approach to the city's water issues being solved by means of privatization, while shutting down the service for nearly a third of its population, is interpreted in terms of de-humanization and moral bankruptcy.