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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals (think Hamilton)!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. She has written a Caribbean family TV show, Pioneers, which won the Humanitas Award at USC Film School - where she obtained her Masters in Screenwriting. She is also producing a 1940's webseries on Pin-Up Girls, Vamp & Vixen ( https://youtu.be/Jhm74HyyFv0). Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? and dropping her mixtape under alias @Retro_Raptress.

Known For
Strange Fruit: The Hip-hopera

STRANGE FRUIT: THE HIP-HOPERA

Deborah Jane Burke
Drama Romance

A spit-fire Wall Street executive, LASHELLE ROBINSON, travels back in time to rescue her slave ancestor, INKA, from a violent lynching - all to lift the curse off her interracial marriage. A hip-hop musical that navigates forgiveness and racial reconciliation to a banging beat.