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We present our newest Center for Emerging Media production, Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora. The monthly feature will focus on news and trends from around Africa and the Diaspora. In our inaugural episode we explore what the Diaspora really is, where it started, and pan-ethnic relationships in the black community. With: Dr. Raymond Winbush, research professor and Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and author of Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Black Studies at the University of Missouri and author of The Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva; Nia Hampton, writer, journalist, filmmaker and playwright, whose recent op-alt “Todos Somos Iguais” in the City Paper detailed her experiences in Bahia, Brazil during the Baltimore Uprising; and Dr. Lester Space, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of a number of books including Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.