Saul Williams: Forging connections between activism and art
4 August 2015 Last updated at 03:27 BST
Saul Williams is a poet, actor, musician and activist.
He grew up in a small town in New York state but has spent much of his adult life travelling the globe.
Those travels have had a major impact on how this celebrated African-American artist views the United States and its place in the world.
He talks about his new album, his roots as an activist and how his children respond to the phrase "Black Lives Matter".
Produced and edited by Michael Maher