Danielle Brown, Ph.D. is founder and owner of My People Tell Stories, LLC (MPTS), a multi-faceted company that provides educational, cultural, and performance-based services that center on the people of the African diaspora, with a specific focus on the Caribbean region. As a musician, writer, and educator, Brown’s goal is to create, develop, and distribute creative works that lead to the healing of mind, body, spirit, and soul. She is author of the ground-breaking ethnographic memoir, East of Flatbush, North of Love: An Ethnography of Home, which uses music to examine her experience growing up in the West Indian enclave of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Brown received her Ph.D. in Music from New York University with a concentration in ethnomusicology and a specialization in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research has focused mostly on parang/parranda music in Trinidad and, more recently, the intersection of music, spirituality, and healing. Brown has conducted work in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. Before starting MPTS, Brown served for two years as an Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures at Syracuse University. She has also taught classes in music theory and music history at New York University and at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, she has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students, and is certified in the Kodály method of music education. Brown is a vocalist and cuatro player, and she composes and performs jazz and Latin American and Caribbean-based music.