Shot in cinema verite style, “Truth” tells the story of Nikki Giovanni’s ascent into American Literature and pop culture through her provocative poetry. The story is set against the backdrop of the Women’s Movement, Civil Rights era, and the emergence of hip hop and the rap revolution. “Truth” features a combination of interviews, performances (live and taped), recitations and cut-ins, plus photos from Nikki’s personal collection, archival photos, footage and music (gospel and contemporary) from the era she grew up in. Her journey from Cincinnati, Ohio to Fisk University and everything in between is captured.


  • Why she feels she hasn’t enjoyed the same celebration as other literary greats such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, or Zora Neale Hurston.
  • The impact of her trip to Africa.
  • Why people think she hates white people.
  • What it was like to be a single parent in the ’60s.
  • Civil rights, threats on her life, Malcolm & Martin Luther King Jr.
  • How her work has been received by people of all races.
  • The impact her grandmother had on her work and life.
  • Why she loves Tupac Shakur and rap music.
  • How it felt to have a bat named after her (LA Times, Feb. 2004).
  • Her recent diagnosis of lung cancer, which she says changed her life.

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  1. […] any case, I found a Giovanni gem on the net: Information about a documentary on Giovanni. I’d never heard of it and it doesn’t seem to be available on DVD. Here’s the […]

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