Halifu Osumare, Ph.D., is a choreographer and scholar who has been involved with dance and black popular culture internationally, for over forty years, as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, administrator, and scholar. She holds an M.A. in Dance Ethnology, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. Dr. Osumare is Professor Emerita of African American & African Studies at University of California, Davis, and is a noted hip-hop scholar as the author of The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves (2007) and The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop (2012). Her memoir, Dancing in Blackness, which contains much Bay Area cultural and arts history, was published by the University Press of Florida in February 2018.