Thursday, September 14, 2006

diva delight

Today's blog/site of the day is Diva Delight. The home of Carmen Mitchell a/k/a Princess TamTam. "Princess TamTam merely strives to be a writer and documentarian on house music and culture through the tool of 'Diva Delight.' ... ...[House] becomes the people, her interaction with them, the vibe of the club, dancefloor chatter, attire, the dj, the divas, the dancers, and more. If readers will have her, Princess TamTam hopes to present to you a chance to experience it through her words and lens. Carmen ...has a Master's in African American Studies with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mitchell's graduate thesis discussed the globalization of Black female performance and gay male club cultures by focusing on the popular dance music texts of Disco and House.
...With an additional master's degree in Television and Radio from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College, Mitchell also worked for Pacifica Radio's syndicated news program 'Democracy Now!' in New York City.

Carmen is originally from Lorain, Ohio and completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. As an African American Studies major at Oberlin, she was awarded a Ford Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship which enabled her to pursue independent research on Black queer independent films. She also received a Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship and investigated Black women's blues music and the articulation of diverse sexualities during the Harlem Renaissance.

Mitchell currently lives and works in Japan as a multimedia English teacher. She looks forward to returning to graduate school for doctoral studies in an interdisciplinary field in the near future."

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