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Funmilola Fagbamila

Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American playwright, performance artist and professor. Her current project, entitled "The Intersection: Woke Black Folk", is a stage play on the complexities of Black political identity which has been met with critical acclaim by thinkers and artists such as Angela Davis and Erykah Badu. This internationally touring production has opened to sold out houses at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival and the Skirball Cultural Center.

In 2019 The Intersection staged in venues across France, the Netherlands and Brazil. Funmilola currently serves as a professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. As one of the original organizers of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Funmilola contributed to the organization’s inception in 2013 and served as the Arts and Culture director for years following. Her work was honored by the US Congress in both 2015 and 2018; and her writing, political analyses and social commentary have been featured in publications such as the Guardian, NOWTHIS news and NPR. Prof. Fagbamila has delivered keynote addresses and performances at universities across the U.S. and Europe.