How Boots Riley Walks Around Oakland
Walking around Oakland with Boots Riley (@bootsriley) is an exercise in not getting very far very quickly. These days he shares a house with his partner — an eccentric Bay Area musician called Gabby La La — and their child. (He has three more children from earlier relationships.) But he has lived and made art all over the city, and when we sought a place to grab lunch uptown one day, the dozen or so people who stopped him to say hello included a burly white 50-something guy wearing a construction vest on a mountain bike; a black OnTrac deliveryman; a Mexican-American musician; and a Zimbabwean immigrant named Terry wearing a Tesla cap. Sometimes Riley simply smiled and made a peace sign; more often he chatted people up at length.
From “How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood” by Jonah Weiner; Photo by Ilona Szwarc (@ilonaaszwarc)
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