Makeda Easter is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer. While covering the intersection of the arts and identity, she wrote about street dance activists who use Black social dances to fight racism, a Native playwright whose most successful work skewers white wokeness and the impact of COVID-19 on artists who are incarcerated. A project she led focused on how social media is democratizing the dance industry won an Online Journalism Award in 2020. Easter became interested in journalism while working as a science writer for a university supercomputing center. She received her bachelor’s degree in science, technology and international affairs at Georgetown University.
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