Jazz Club

Be Connected: Beautiful Struggle, Hip-Hop’s Role In The Trump Era with Talib Kweli and Mark Anthony Neal

Be Connected: Beautiful Struggle, Hip-Hop's Role In The Trump Era with Talib Kweli and Mark Anthony Neal

When: Fri, Feb 17
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm,



Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, speaks with groundbreaking Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Talib Kweli about the role of hip-hop as a form of protest, activism, and beauty in the age of Trump, Bannon, and DeVos.

Kweli will perform a two-night stand on February 16 & 17 at Motorco in downtown Durham, accompanied by opening act Actual Proof. Info available HERE.

Friday, February 17, 3 – 4:15 PM

Beyù Caffè, 341 West Main Street, Durham (Directions)

Free & open to the public.


Groundbreaking Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli first made his name as half of Black Star, alongside Mos Def. Their acclaimed 1998 album mixed “rugged street beats and rhymes brainy enough for boho B-boys” (Entertainment Weekly), rejecting the violence and nihilism of gangsta rap in favor of a message of empowerment. Kweli has since put out more than a dozen albums, each radiating an “emotional immediacy and political awareness that was largely absent from hip-hop” (Pitchfork) before he came on the scene. Twenty years into his career and still pushing boundaries, Talib Kweli collaborated with Durham’s own multi-GRAMMY-winning producer 9th Wonder on the 2015 album Indie 500.

Capping off a weeklong residency at Duke, Kweli presents this two-night stand at Motorco, offering a rare opportunity to hear one of hip-hop’s most original and accomplished voices in the up-close-and-personal club setting. It’s the perfect venue to show off his combination of social consciousness and pure lyrical virtuosity.

With opening act Actual Proof, a Raleigh-based duo signed to GRAMMY Award-winning producer 9th Wonder’s Jamla label.


Co-sponsored by Duke Performances, Beyù Caffè, Left of Black: A Black Studies for a Mobile Digital Network, and Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE).

Presented as part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative, made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.


Please Note:

Age Limit

Beyú Caffé is an all ages venue.

Seating Policy

  • Seating is on a priority basis, with patrons who have purchased tickets in advance being given preference. Walk in patrons will be seated as soon as possible; we will make every effort to accommodate requests, however specific tables are not guaranteed.
  • Seating for the first show begins one hour before the first set. Seating for the second show begins 15 minutes before the second set.
  • We can hold reserved tables for up to 15 minutes after the reservation time. After 15 minutes, we will have to release the reserved table, unless we are notified by phone that you want to change your reservation time.
  • Please be aware that parties of more than 9 will be subject to a party minimum of $25 per person for jazz events. This amount will be in addition to, rather than including, the ticket price for the evening, and all applicable taxes and gratuity.


  • Tickets are sold online, over the phone (919) 683-1058 or in person at the café.
  • ALL SALES ARE FINAL & NON REFUNDABLE, unless the venue cancels the performance due to natural disaster or other unforeseeable circumstance.

Tour Groups

  • There are no discounts on tickets no matter the group size
  • Beyú Caffé does have dinner/show packages available for 12 or more with set menus to facilitate your evening. Contact the café manager Malachi Kosanovich directly for more information at malachi@beyucaffe.com

Dress Code

  • There is no official dress code, however the atmosphere is best suited for dress business casual

For Our Disabled Patrons

  • Performance area is accessible and on street level
  • Restrooms are located on the main floor and easily accessible.
  • If you are in a wheelchair please call the café so we can hold specific space to accommodate the you.