Blair Black is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Her current work focuses on identity and representational politics within electronic dance music. In particular, she works alongside artists and DJs of color in queer nightlife collectives to better understand what strategies they employ in order to navigate the music industry. Blair seeks to create a dialogue between academia and the queer of color music community by acting as a resource liaison to the collectives she works with. Furthering her commitment to collaboration while exploring her interest in archiving, she also works with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at University of Southern California by processing collections. Lastly, Blair currently works as the senior writer for “The Black LGBT Community in Los Angeles” Oral History Project at UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research.