“Is It Sweet: Tales of an African Superstar in New York”
Jesse Weaver Shipley is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and artist who is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and coordinator of Africana Studies at Haverford College. He has written on performance, music, popular culture, theatre, and politics in Ghana, South Africa, and the United States. Shipley’s feature documentary film “Living the Hiplife” (Third World Newsreel 2007) has featured at numerous film festivals around the world. His new film is a ficto-documentary entitled “Is it Sweet?” that explores an African musician’s journey to the Bronx (2011 release). He is currently working on a documentary called “Black Star: the People’s Game” following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa through the eyes of Ghanaian and West African artists, media personnel, fans, hairdressers, and players.