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).