Watch Nikki Giovanni Perform 'Ego Tripping' on Melissa Harris-Perry

While promoting her new book "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid," poet Nikki Giovanni blessed MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" show on Sunday with a live performance of her poem, "Ego Tripping." I screamed when I saw this clip, because Giovanni is an American treasure who really does have "Thug Life" tattooed on her arm — yes, it's Tupac-related. Do yourself a favor, watch this clip below and then check out "Luxury," which is also lovely.

Oh, and here is Giovanni also discussing American gun culture and "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid" on Democracy Now!