The Love Story behind Innocent Rage
About kweisi gharreau
After forgiving his brother’s killers, kweisi gharreau found poetry and spoken word as a vehicle to express the intense anger he had towards cultural, political and environmental circumstances that lead up to his brother’s homicide.
A native of the infamous southside of Chicago, kweisi gharreau is a true triple threat.kweisi is a poet and self-published author. His literature was originally inspired by the murder of his younger brother. He wrote, met and came to forgive his brother’s killer. His self-published book of poetry entitled “n’nocent RAGE” has gained critical acclaim. Also, kweisi founded The Innocent Rage foundation to help education, inspire and inform youth about the importance of using art to overcome adversity. In 2000 and was voted best poet in Chicago by the readers of Spotlight Entertainment magazine in 1999. He penned the unofficial Chicago Bulls street anthem “the bullz” in 1997 becoming the #1 song on 107.5FM WGCI radio station. He created and produced a spoken word segment for WGCI which aired for six-years introducing spoken word to mainstream Chicago in 1993.
kweisi currently resides in Los Angeles and is pursuing his aspiration of film and television producing. kweisi produced Kanye West’s Congratulatory Videography for WGCI and the Chicago Mayor’s Office when Kanye received the key to the city in February 2005. He produced an independent film which won two film festival awards. He has produced television, radio and web-i-sode commercials, several music videos, two web-i-sode comedy sketches for Daman Wayans and a five-minute short as a submission for Fox’s On The Lot competition. He has worked as an assistant to the director for BET’s ’06 award promos featuring Daman Wayans and the BET “Be Inspired” segments featuring Fantasia, Omarion, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Mario, Chris Brown and Wood Harris.
“I never planned on becoming a poet…If I wasn’t blessed with my story, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” -kweisi gharreau
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Producer: Mingjie Zhai; Director & Photographer: Wade Chao; Interviewer & Writers: MJZ & Athena Lim; PA: Alyssa Lim, Yisuel Kang