Lynnée Denise teaches DJ Skills to Compton Youth

DJ Lynnée Denise was invited to launch a series of DJ Workshops for youth who are served by the Los Angeles County Library. Supported by a grant, Compton Turns the Table is a free beginner’s DJ course for young adults 15- 21 years old at the Compton Library. The series covered essential DJ skills and business training. The class met from February - April 2017.

Compton Turns the Tables is the brain child of Skye Patrick Larkspur. Skye Patrick recently became the first Black-American Library Director for the County of Los Angeles Public Library.  She leads one of the largest public library systems in the country. The County Library operates 86 community libraries and 3 bookmobiles in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and in 49 of the County’s 88 cities. The library serves 3.4 million residents, offering a collection of over 5 million items. 

The ten-week workshop (Compton Turns the Tables), culminated with a performance by student DJs who were filmed, interviewed evaluated by celebrity judges. The Compton bred legendary rapper Yo-Yo will performed and offered words of support to students as well. This kind of exposure for both student DJs and the community is unprecedented, but consistent with the honorary work of Compton residents that continue to put the city on the global map through excellence. Kendrick Lamar, Ava Duhvernay, and Venus and Serena Williams, Compton residents, are all part of the way that the city is being presented and redefined to a general audience. 

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Watch the video below for an in depth overview of the program:

DJ Lynnée Denise Will Co-Produce Black Music Series at CSULA

DJ Lynnée Denise and the California State University Los Angeles Cross Cultural Center are teaming up for a second time to co-produce "The Soul Music of Justice," a series of conversations featuring artists and scholars who will discuss under-explored topics in black music on campus. This iteration of the series, which premiered in the Spring of 2016, will feature discussions that include a conversation between underground funk legend Joi and filmmaker James Spooner, founder of the AfroPunk movement, and a discussion titled "A Change is Gonna Come: Frank Ocean and the Queering of Black popular Culture" with Asadullah Muhammad and Che J. Long. Students will be exposed to new ways of engaging popular culture and encouraged to understand and critically examine music, film and the arts as legible forms of text that communicate social meaning. All events will take place on the campus of California State University and are free to the public. Review flyers for additional details. 

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