DR. FAHAMU PECOU (Founder, Editor-In-Chief)
Fahamu Pecou is the Shit! (seriously, it says so on his business cards). Pecou is an internationally renown visual and performing artist and public scholar whose works provide crucial and critical interventions in representations of Black masculinity. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Spelman College. Pecou's work has been featured in Oxford American Magazine, Transition Magazine, Labletter Journal and many others. His writings have been published by NBCBLK, ArtsAtl.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Scholarshit, as well as The Organic Globalizer: Hip Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture. In 2014, he served as Guest Editor for Art Papers magazine for a special issue on the intersections of fine art and hip-hop. Pecou is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award. Currently a doctoral candidate at Emory University, Pecou's art and research engages the intersections of hip-hop culture, Négritude, and Yoruba cosmology, in contemporary Black American cultural retentions, performance, and rituals.
DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who incorporates self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events and performative lectures. She creates multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experiences that require audiences to apply critical thinking to how the arts can hold viable solutions to social inequality. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University, with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at California State University’s Pan African Studies Department and its Chicano Studies Department.
DR. REGINA BRADLEY
Dr. Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. Her expertise and research interests include post-Civil Rights African American literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. She earned a B.A. in English from Albany State University (GA), an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in African American Literature from Florida State University.
Dr. Bradley's current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. Chronicling Stankonia stems from her critically acclaimed series OutKasted Conversations, a YouTube dialogue series about the impact of OutKast on popular culture. Dr. Bradley’s work on popular culture and race is published or forthcoming in south: an interdisciplinary journal, Meridians, Comedy Studies, ADA, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Palimpsest, and Current Musicology. Dr. Bradley's public scholarship is featured on a range of news media outlets including Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!, and Creative Loafing Atlanta.
In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Bradley is an acclaimed fiction writer. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: New Stories from the Contemporary Black South, is forthcoming from Peter Lang press. Her short story “Beautiful Ones” is nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize in short fiction. Her other stories have been featured in Obsidian, Transition, and Oxford American.
Dr. Scott Heath specializes in African American literature, black popular culture, and speculative race theory. He is the author of Head Theory: Hip_Hop Discourse and Black-Based Culture, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. His work appears in PMLA, African American Review, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters, and The New York Times.
Dr. Heath guest edited Callaloo’s acclaimed special number on hip_hop music and culture. He is developing a second monograph, Automatic Black: Technologies of Race and Culture Design, and an edited volume, Versus: Hyperlinking Black Writing and Sound.
He is a professor in the Department of English at Georgia State University, where he leads project-driven seminars on the intersection of blackness and Americanness, including ‘The Black 90s,’ ‘James Baldwin Unplugged,’ ‘Octavia Butler Now!’ and ‘Kanye Versus Everybody.’
SHANTRELLE P. LEWIS
A native of New Orleans, Shantrelle P. Lewis is a 2014 United Nations Programme for People of African Descent Fellow and 2012-13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. She is a U.S. East Coast based curator and researcher who travels internationally researching Diasporic aesthetics, spirituality and the survival and evolution of transnational African identities and experiences. Her receipts are international, having explored most Black cultural communities from Suriname to Lagos. Her curatorial initiative The Dandy Lion Project, examines Global Black Dandyism through photography and film and is currently touring nationally and internationally. Other exhibits and projects have been on view in various institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe. At present, Shantrelle is researching ties between the Dutch Caribbean and the African Diaspora at-large. As an extension of that work, she is directing and producing a documentary about the Dutch blackface tradition Zwarte Piet, Black representation and xenophobia in the Netherlands. When she isn’t busy studying Black folk, she’s hustling bow ties via her W.E.B. du Bois and James Baldwin bow tie company - William + James or supporting Black owned businesses with bae via Shoppe Black.
DR. YABA BLAY
Dr. Yaba Blay is a professor, producer, and publisher. While her broader research interests are related to Africana cultural aesthetics and aesthetic practices, and global Black popular culture, Dr. Blay’s specific research interests lie within global Black identities and the politics of embodiment, with particular attention given to hair and skin color politics. Her book, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity, and challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality. In 2012, she served as a Consulting Producer for CNN Black in America – “Who is Black in America?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of her (1)ne Drop project. In addition to her production work for CNN, Dr. Blay is producing a transmedia film project focused on the global practice of skin bleaching (with director Terence Nance); and has co-written a feature-length film entitled Black Sunshine (with director Akosua Adoma Owusu). She is currently the Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University.