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Justine Stephens
A New Yorker by birth and at heart, Justine Stephens is a musician, community organizer and occasional visual artist. After her jazz debut feature in the award-winning 2011 short film Kuvuka Daraja, she has given more than 70 world premieres of contemporary classical and jazz music. Justine is proud to have contributed to the growth and development of American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and more arts institutions and companies. She enjoys yoga, cooking and daydreaming of being back in Mexico City, where she succeeded in only speaking Spanish for a week last summer. Justine is currently based in Boston.
Articles by Justine
Do All Languages Have Inherent Value?

Do All Languages Have Inherent Value?

Languages evolve, grow, come, and go. But what does this mean for the world’s underrepresented cultures and communities?
Why Is Accent Still Strongly Associated With Class?

Why Is Accent Still Strongly Associated With Class?

English-speaking accents vary throughout the world. So why are some accents considered such an important indicator of social class?
How Black Artists Influenced Today’s Music

How Black Artists Influenced Today’s Music

Alongside our carefully curated playlist, this article explores how the music industry we know and love today has been shaped and guided by black music — its history, its diverse sounds, and, of course, through African American Vernacular English.
8 English Words We Can All Agree Are Beautiful

8 English Words We Can All Agree Are Beautiful

Seeking some linguistic loveliness? Looking for a lexicon of luxurious lingo? You’re in the right place.
The United States Of Accents: African American Vernacular English

The United States Of Accents: African American Vernacular English

What is AAVE? Where did it come from? How is it used today? All this and more are answered in this installment of the United States of Accents.