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Shanekia McIntosh

July 3, 2017


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Olive Carrollhach

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This interview with Shanekia McIntosh was conducted on July 3, 2017 in Hudson, NY. Born in Brooklyn in 1989, Shanekia moved to Hudson NY around 2010. In the interview, she discusses being Jamaican, her experience growing up and attending school in NYC, her experience as a first generation daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She describes her family’s connection to Jamaican dancehall reggae, and her relationship to music today. Shanekia reflects on her experience becoming the writer, musician and artist that she is today, as well as her creative process and significant influences. Shanekia is very politically engaged, and spent time talking about her political beliefs and different spaces-be they creative, political, or socially engaged-she inhabits in Hudson. Shanekia currently works for the radio station and the library in Hudson.

This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about the Jamaican Dancehall scene, children of immigrants, Brooklyn, NY, and writing and other forms of art.

Interviewer Bio:
Olive Carrollhach

Olive Carrollhach is an artist and radio producer living in the Hudson Valley. Currently, they are attending Bard College, where they study Studio Art and Experimental Humanities. Their work is performance-based, and explores issues relating to empathy, spirituality, and gender. They are interested in using oral history as an interview technique eliciting empathy and broader social change. In the past year, they have undertaken a new project focused on collecting oral histories in Tivoli, NY with the goal of preserving local history as an education tool for young people in the area, and to help foster a closer relationship between the town and the neighboring Bard College.

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