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. He is completing two books: Speaking Freedom examines theatre and political history in 20th century Ghana. Living and Preaching the Hiplife explores hip hop/hiplife music as a genre in urban Ghana and among Africans abroad. Shipley’s feature documentary film "Living the Hiplife" (Third World Newsreel 2007) has featured at numerous film festivals around the world. It chronicles the dynamic influence of African Diaspora popular music in West Africa. His new film is a fiction-documentary entitled "Is It Sweet? Tales of an African Superstar in New York" 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. He is also working on a book called “Living The Hiplife: Celebrity & entrepreneurship in Ghanaian popular music.