Emil Amok: Writer Ishmael Reed talks about his new play on Basquiat, racist gatekeepers, and the anti-Asian killings in Georgia.

Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, social critic, and playwright. His new play is about painter Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life under the thumb of Andy Warhol and the New York Art scene. “The Slave Who Loved Caviar,” is having a reading over live stream this Saturday and Sunday at 7p EDT. Go to nuyorican.org to get your free link.

Go deep into the interview about 23 minutes in to hear him discuss the Atlanta shootings, anti-Asian violence, America’s caste system, and other topics.

See my column on the wave of anti-Asian violence here.