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Greetings Hotep,

You have found me and I am pleased to find you here at Ancestor House. I welcome you. I am Camille Yarbrough and this is the house in which I was born and which inspires my creative work. You see, I am Jelimuso, a Griot, a storyteller to my soul. It is not a part I chose to play. Oh, no, it is a given role. Like, when a red almost round, ripe thing falls from an apple tree, apple is it’s name? Well, it was the same when little African me fell into life from the ancient African tree our creator didn’t give me any say either about the part I was designed to play.
 Who is Camille Yarbrough?

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 published in the Fall 2017 Edition of Black Renaissance Noire from my upcoming book