DJ Lynneé Denise, the 2022 Sterling A. Brown Visiting Professor of Africana Studies, is an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to re-position the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value. Through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations at universities, conferences and performance venues, Lynnée Denise harnesses music as a medium for vital public dialogue on how to transform the way that music of the Black Atlantic is understood in its social context and beyond entertainment.
This spring, DJ Lynnée Denise assembled a collective of women DJs from the Africana Diaspora who recounted their experiences and share their knowledge of the development of the importance of Black women in the preservation and dissemination of culture through electronic music.