November 18, 2009
Philadelphia City Paper
Students poured into Penn’s Irvine Auditorium last night to see hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco, who—along with rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC and producer Chris Moore (think American Pie and Good Will Hunting)—hosted a live performance and screening for upcoming doc The People Speak. Penn is the third stop on this college tour, which brings the film’s producers and cast members to eight universities across the country.
Chris Moore and Fiasco
Directed by Tony Sacco and co-produced by Moore, Matt Damon, Anthony Arnove and historian Howard Zinn, The People Speak reveals an American history from the perspective of the people — the words of dissent and civil disobedience, focusing on the themes of class, women, race and war. Celebs, such as Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington and David Strathairn, read documents and speeches written by activists including Susan B. Anthony and Muhammad Ali. Interspersed between the spoken parts are musical performances by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Legend, hence Fiasco and DMC’s involvement.