Chenjerai Kumanyika

Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika is a scholar, journalist, organizer and artist who holds a creativity professorship in Clemson University's department of Communication Studies. He is a contributor to Transom, NPR?s Code Switch, All Things Considered and VICE, and a news analyst for RisingUp Radio on KPFK. Chenjerai serves as a board member for several youth mentoring programs. His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for was featured on NPR, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, trending nationally on Twitter, and spawning a nationwide discussion of diversity in public media. Chenjerai is also a founding member of the hip-hop group Spooks, whose first album, S.I.O.S.O.S. Vol. 1 (2000) produced singles that reached gold-selling in four countries and placed highly on top ten charts around the world. You can learn more about his work at

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Chenjerai Kumanyika

The Two Times I Met Laurence Fishburne

by Chenjerai Kumanyika

A former hip hop star learns that life goes on post fame and that, sometimes, you need to figure out who you're not to figure out who you are.

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