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Zinzi Powell grew up on the South Shore and comes from a family of performers and nightlife entrepreneurs. She attended Kenwood during high school which had a big connection to the preppy disco punk/house scene, and listened to BMX and B96 hot mixes, and partied at underground clubs and juice bars like the Music Box before heading to Florida for college. After she returned to Hyde Park as a young adult, Powell became part of the first wave of audiences to join the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic when it took place behind the Museum of Science and Industry.
Columbia College Chicago
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African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology
Salkind, Micah, "Interview with Zenzilé 'Zinzi' Powell" (2014). Chicago House Music Oral History Project. 50.