New Orleans native, Shantrelle P. Lewis, a United Nations Programme for People of African Descent Fellow, is a multi-hyphen creative and scholar who accesses multiple genres and disciplines to help elucidate African Diasporic history, aesthetics, culture and spirituality. Her directorial debut, in collaboration with GirlTrek, Daughters Of premiered at the BlackStar Film Festival in 2020 and won the Shine Award for Best Film from a Philadelphia based filmmaker. Her celebrated exhibit, Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. This work led to the publication of Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, her first book, with Aperture in 2017. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, BBC, Washington Post, Salon, The New Yorker and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She co-founded SHOPPE BLACK with her husband and fellow Howard alum, Tony Oluwatyoin Lawson. In 2016, after their Royal Wedding of Zamunda themed wedding went viral, it was dubbed as "The Blackest Wedding Ever." Shantrelle is also an initiated Lucumi Sango Priest.