Who is Camille Yarbrough?

Nana Camille Yarbrough is an award-winning performance artist, author, cultural activist, educator, and griot.
In the 1970’s she combined all of her talents and began her writing career.
Her published works have appeared in The New York Times, The Black Collegian Magazine, and The Journal of African Civilization.
In 1979 Cornrows, the award-winning, groundbreaking family book that Essence magazine called “a gem,” was published and later three more books followed:
The Shimmershine Queens,
The Little Tree Growing in the Shade,
and Tamika and the Wisdom Rings.
Nana Camille states: “Being a griot or storyteller is what I was born to do. I come from a kinship line that was re-born to re-tell our story. We must tell it to the young, tell it to the old…everyone grows when our family story is told!”

Read excerpts from upcoming book STRIP DOWN PERSONAL by Camille Yarbrough

Reviews

VIBE MAGAZINE

VIBE MAGAZINE

""Camille Yarbrough is hip-hop’s original triple threat. Without her, there may not have been an MC Lyte, Queen Latifah or even Nicki Minaj."

Our Great Creator

Our Great Creator

""Her shoulders...are the strong supports for such artists as Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and others. Although exceedingly complimentary, the appellations, comparisons and string of adjectives miss by a mile the monument that is Camille Yarbrough. Miss Yarbrough is beyond category."

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

“Yarbrough bares her soul in The Iron Pot Cooker and makes no attemptnto give the ghetto mass-audience appeal.”

Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

“Poetess-soul singer Camille Yarbrough has stylish traces of Nina Simone and Gil Scot Heron.nnHer songs are all thought provoking and the instrumental work of aids and abets.”

Spin Magazine

Spin Magazine

“…a hip hop foremother, Yarbrough testifies…in the spirit of Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets”

Quarterly Black Review of Books

Quarterly Black Review of Books

“Yarbrough gives voice to …ghetto archetypes in all their twisted pathologies.nShe is so accurate that there is no question this is a sharp-eyed witness who is telling it likenit is rather than a youthful entertainer Masking his hustle for dead presidents.”

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

“Everything we love Lauryn for – her independence, her womanism, her daring voice, her willingness to tackle unpopular topics, her effortless shift from rap to song, and back again, and her limitless musical explorations – Camille Yarbrough did a generation ago. Who told her she could be a renaissance woman? She empowered herself.

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