The founding member and bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, recently responded to a fan’s question about his favorite black writer through his Twitter account and paid tribute to the world–renown novelist and college professor Toni Morisson.
Flea is an active user of social media, and in specific, he enjoys using his Twitter account to express his views on social and political matters, comment on rock music and bands, announce his upcoming projects, and of course, interact with his devoted fans and answer their questions.
As you may know, February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States, which started as a way of paying tribute to exceptional black authors, activists, politicians, and thinkers, and events in the history of the African diaspora. Although it started out as a celebration within educational establishments, it has now taken center stage in cultural institutions such as museums, theatres, and libraries too.
On the last day of Black History Month, Flea was asked who his favorite black author is and to explain the reason why. Flea responded by saying Toni Morisson, the world-famous novelist and essayist who won the National Book Critics Circle Award with ‘Song of Solomon’ and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Flea said that the reason why she is his favorite black author is that each book of hers expanded his horizons even more ‘with sheer virtuoso craftsmanship.’ He went on to say that Morrison taught him extensively about humanity and triggered ‘the best part’ of who he is. His response was liked by hundreds of people who appreciated his interest in black literature and some fans offered their own favorites.
Here’s what a fan asked Flea:
“It’s the last day of black history month: who’s your favorite black writer or content creator and why?”
To which Flea responded:
“Toni Morrison, because book after book she blows my mind with sheer virtuoso craftsmanship, teaches me about humanity, and activates the best part of who I am.”
You can check out Flea’s tweet below.
Toni Morrison, because book after book she blows my mind with sheer virtuoso craftsmanship, teaches me about humanity, and activates the best part of who I am. https://t.co/LL501uzMKR
— Flea (@flea333) February 28, 2021