Arts and Culture


A Black nonbinary filmmaker with waist length braids over their right shoulder looks solemnly into the camera.
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Malakai is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to curate their own films, scripts, content and more. She describes her mission as “to be a disruptor by telling world-building and fantastical narratives that turn archetypes of the Black diaspora on its head.

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Ayanna Thompson is a professor of English at Arizona State University and the director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is a Shakespeare scholar, a consultant, and an expert on race in performance in Renaissance drama. She is the author of several books, including “Blackface” (2021).

A Japanese woman with cropped bob smiles into the camera against a blue background.
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Michelle K. Sugihara is the executive director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), a nonprofit professional organization that supports emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander creatives in Hollywood through fellowships, consulting and partnerships with production companies.

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Craig Santos Perez is an Indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from Guam who is an associate professor of the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa’s English department. He teaches eco-poetry — poetry that addresses environmental disaster — and creative writing and Pacific literature. The body of his poetry and scholarship seeks to explore the environmental urgency of our time and the impacts of human activity and global capitalism on ecology.

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B. Brian Foster is a writer and sociologist from Mississippi who holds a joint appointment in sociology and southern studies.

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Terry Loftis is the president and executive director of The Arts Community Alliance, a nonprofit supporting the arts in North Texas through grant making, capacity building and thought leadership. He can provide insight on the struggles cultural institutions are facing during the pandemic as well as what the future holds.

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An Xiao Mina works on program strategy and operations at Meedan, a technology nonprofit that builds software for newsrooms and NGOs to improve the quality of information online. She’s an expert on digital creative culture and how memes influence protest movements and politics.

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Karen Tongson is a professor of English, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies and ethnicity, and chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in queer theory, women and pop music, and queer and racial representations and stereotyping in popular culture.

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Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency. He is an expert on Shi’i justice theology, South and Central Asian studies, and Muslim and American popular culture.

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Mariana Ibañez is an associate professor and the chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and  the co-founder and principal of the architectural studio Ibañez Kim. Her research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship between technology, culture and the environment.

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Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education, an assistant professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, and a writer of nonfiction, poetry, comics, children’s books and plays.

Updated 04/13/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects:

Henry Godinez is a professor in the department of theatre at Northwestern University and the resident artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he also served as the director of the Latino Theatre Festival. His Goodman directing credits include José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted and The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías.

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Vamsee Juluri is a professor of media studies and Asian studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy.

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Travis L. Gosa is an assistant professor of Africana studies at Cornell University and a faculty associate at Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality. He serves on the advisory board of Cornell’s Hip-Hop Collection, the largest archive on early hip-hop culture in the United States.

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Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to empower young professionals in economic development, civic engagement and political involvement. She is CEO of A. Rye Inc., and host of the podcast On One with Angela Rye.

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Bakari Kitwana is a cultural critic, journalist and activist specializing in hip-hop, youth culture and Black political engagement. He’s the executive director of Rap Sessions, which has conducted over 150 townhall meetings around the nation on issues facing the hip-hop and millennial generations.

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Nisi Shawl is a writer of speculative fiction. Their story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of speculative fiction which explore and expand our understanding of gender roles. They edit reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture, and explores the cultural narratives of communities.

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Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American writer and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times and in many anthologies.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects:

Ellen Oh is an author and the co-founder of the organization We Need Diverse Books. She writes fiction for middle-grade and young adult audiences, including the Prophecy fantasy series. Her newest book is 2021’s Finding Junie Kim, based on Oh’s mother’s experiences in the Korean War.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Daniel José Older writes young adult science fiction and fantasy, including the Bone Street Rumba and Shadowshaper Cypher series. He is a lead story architect for the comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic.

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Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar who focuses on South Asian popular music and film in India, as well as in the South Asian diaspora. She is on the faculty of Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College.

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Anthony Abraham Jack is an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research examines diversity among lower-income undergraduates, both those who enter college from local public high schools and those from boarding, day or prep schools.

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Ana López is a professor of communication, director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and associate provost for faculty affairs at Tulane University. Her research is focused on Latin American and Latino film and cultural studies.

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LeiLani Nishime is a professor of communication at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on multiracial and interracial studies, the intersection of race and gender, Asian American media representations, and Asian American subcultural production.

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Jason King is chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an associate professor. He was the Institute’s founding full-time faculty member, and has served in leadership positions there since.

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Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.

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Hua Hsu is an assistant professor of English and director of American Studies at Vassar College and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College. He blogs about food and food history here. His work focuses on the history of food traditions, cultures and systems, and how and why they have changed. He’s been featured on The Splendid Table and NPR, among other news outlets.

Updated 04/20/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Laura Martinez, a Mexico City native, is a journalist and editor specializing in Spanish-language marketing, media and advertising. She is currently director of communications at Azul, an organization working with Latinos to conserve marine resources. Martinez has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and the United States.

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Jason Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University. He is also politics editor at The Root and a contributor to MSNBC. Johnson’s academic research focuses on political communication and campaign strategy.

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Galina Espinoza is the president and editor in chief of Rewire.News, where she leads a team of editors and journalists reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice. She has held executive roles at NBC News and People, and is the former editorial director of Latina Media Ventures.

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Danielle Lee is an assistant professor of biology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and a self-described hip-hop maven and outreach scientist who writes about urban ecology and biology.

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Jamilah King is a race and justice reporter at Mother Jones and hosts the weekly Mother Jones podcast on national politics. She also wrote and edited at the daily news website Colorlines.com, WireTap Magazine and YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

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Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University. He is the host of BET News and has appeared on Fox, CNN and MSNBC as a political and cultural commentator.

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Leila Cobo is a vice president and the Latin industry lead at Billboard and the host of Estudio Billboard, a weekly interview show. She’s also the organizer and host of Billboard’s annual Latin Music Conference. Before joining Billboard, she wrote for the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald.