Thinker, curator, model, archive enthusiast, Alexsandra Mitchell is a Brooklyn-based international research scholar. Her work explores topics within the arts, spirituality, and diaspora. Most recently, Alexsandra’s scholarly endeavors led her to Havana, Cuba to conduct primary source and anthropological research for her critically acclaimed thesis, entitled It’s All in the Music: the African-American and Afro-Latino Communities in New York City 1940-1960, which examines the work of Afro-Cuban jazz pioneers Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo. Beyond academia, she can be seen gracing the (web) pages of Essence Magazine’s popular ‘Street Style’ in digital and print medium. Alexsandra has also been featured as one of the country’s up and coming library professionals by the Association of Research Libraries and New York University Libraries . Presently, her work highlighting the contributions of African Americans in medicine can be found on the National Library of Medicine’s ‘Circulating Now’ blog. Alexsandra is continually renewing and exploring her passions for archives, the arts, and Africana.