Sunday Sep 22

Festival Day & Literary Market

Borough Hall, Brooklyn

Saturday Sep 21

Children’s Day

MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn

September 16 - 5

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Stephanie Shonekan

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Stephanie Shonekan is Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. In 2003, she earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology/Folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana University. Her West African/West Indian heritage allows her to straddle the black world comfortably. She has published articles on afrobeat, hip-hop, and country music. Her books include The Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva (2011), Soul, Country, and the USA: Race and Identity in American Music Culture (2015), Black Lives Matter & Music (2018), and Black Resistance in the Americas (2019).

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