Arts and Culture


An Iranian woman smiles at the camera against the background of a wall of graffiti.
Added 04/08/22 | Location: U.K. | Subjects: ,

Ava Halvai is the founder of ARTXV, the first non-fungible token (NFT) collective for neurodivergent artists. She uses her platform to amplify the work of the disabled community on Web3 and blockchain to ensure they are at the forefront of new technologies.

A Black woman with waist-length braids stands before the background of a window showing a street intersection.
Added 02/18/22 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: , ,

Titi Shodiya is an engineer, content creator and scientific auditor. She co-hosts the podcast Dope Labs and is the deputy quality manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

An Oglala Lakota man wearing two long braids and a black chef's apron leans against a tan counter.
Added 01/28/22 | Location: Minnesota | Subjects: ,

Sean Sherman is a chef born and raised in Pine Ridge, S.D., and a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. His primary focus is the revitalization and evolution of Indigenous foods systems throughout North America. In 2014, he opened The Sioux Chef, a business providing catering and food education in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

A Latina woman sits at a table holding a red drink smiles at the camera.
Added 01/28/22 | Location: Colorado | Subjects: ,

Yvette Marquez is a home chef who shares family Mexican recipes on her blog and YouTube, and in her cookbooks, Muy Bueno and Latin Twist.

A black man wearing kippah and a blue dress shirt and black vest looks at the camera.
Added 01/28/22 | Location: Virginia, Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer who documents and educates on African American culinary traditions of the historic South and its connections with the wider African Atlantic world, as well as parent traditions in Africa.

Added 01/14/22 | Location: Brazil | Subjects: ,

Adriana Amaral is a professor at the School of Creative Industries at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) in Brazil. She is an expert on pop culture and fan studies in the context of digital culture and media.

A Black nonbinary filmmaker with waist length braids over their right shoulder looks solemnly into the camera.
Added 12/02/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Malakai is a director who 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.” She is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to create their own films, scripts, content and more.

Added 12/02/21 | Location: Arizona | Subjects:

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.
Added 11/19/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

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.

Added 10/29/21 | Location: Hawaii | Subjects: ,

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.

A Cherokee woman with wavy, chest length, dark brown hair sits in a chair of a dark theatre, staring off into the distance, chin resting on her hand. She is wearing black tights, a light blue dress, a black cardigan, and thick silver rings.
Updated 12/08/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , ,

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and attorney who specializes in tribal sovereignty and Indigenous people’s rights and safety.

Added 01/26/21 | Location: Mississippi | Subjects: , ,

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

Added 09/02/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: ,

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.

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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.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

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.

Added 08/10/17 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency.

Updated 04/19/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

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.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: , , ,

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

Added 04/25/17 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Vamsee Juluri is a professor of media studies and Asian studies at the University of San Francisco.

Added 10/23/15 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

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.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

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.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: Ohio | Subjects: , ,

Bakari Kitwana is a cultural critic, journalist and activist specializing in hip-hop, youth culture and Black political engagement.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: Washington | Subjects: ,

Nisi Shawl is a writer of speculative fiction. Their story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr.

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

Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American writer and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

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.

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.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: Arizona | Subjects: ,

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.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , ,

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.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: Louisiana | Subjects: ,

Ana López is a professor of communication, director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and associate provost for faculty affairs at Tulane University.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: Washington | Subjects: ,

LeiLani Nishime is a professor of communication at the University of Washington.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

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.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , , ,

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.

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

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

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects:

Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College. He blogs about food and food history here.

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.

Updated 01/15/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: , ,

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.

Updated 01/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

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.

Updated 01/17/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: , ,

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.

Updated 02/04/22 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Jamilah King is the deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a race and justice reporter at Mother Jones and hosted the weekly Mother Jones podcast on national politics.

Updated 12/08/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: , , ,

Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University.

Updated 12/11/21 | Location: Florida | Subjects: ,

Leila Cobo is a vice president and the Latin industry lead at Billboard. She’s the organizer and host of Billboard’s annual Latin Music Conference, and was host of Estudio Billboard, a weekly interview show.