Alum Boots Riley Shoots Directorial Debut 'Sorry to Bother You' in Oakland

Monday, July 17, 2017
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- The longtime frontman for the politically charged hip-hop group The Coup – which formed in 1991 and which Riley describes as a “punk-funk Communist revolution band” – grew up in Oakland and studied film at San Francisco State University. For decades, he’s been addressing issues such as community welfare, police brutality, racism and systemic inequality. He was a vocal organizer during the Occupy Oakland protests in 2011, and was recently part of a benefit concert for the Ghost Ship fire victims.