Danielle Brown, PhD, is a Brooklyn-native with Trinidad & Tobago roots. In this episode we go deep into all things music, history and culture. She discusses the importance of telling our own stories.
She is trained in ethnomusicology which is the study of music in culture, and the study of music as culture. She also runs her business, My People Tell Stories, which is based on the idea that people of color should always be telling and interpreting their own stories.
In this episode we both share our passion for music and how our early experiences shaped this love. As women, we discuss the lack of representation in the music industry and I talk about how this hindered me from pursuing a career in music.
Danielle’s book is called East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home. In it she talks about her experiences growing up in a Caribbean enclave, and how music was used to teach her about her history and culture. She also touches on different topics and aspects of history, like colonialism, imperialism, racism and sexism in the book.
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