Ali Colleen Neff, formerly a Bay Area music writer, moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi in 2004. After a year of experiencing and documenting the music of that area, she entered the Folklore M.A. program at UNC-Chapel Hill. There, she continued her ethnographic work in African American music and co-created two films about the Mississippi Arts: "Home of the Double-Headed Eagle" and "Let the World Listen Right." After finishing her M.A., she moved on to the UNC Communications Studies Ph.D. program where she continues to study Afrodiasporic oral-musical improvisation. She is also currently working on a multimedia project about emerging visual artists in the Delta at href="http://www.materialmississippi.org/">www.materialmississippi.org
She has contributed to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, SPIN, the Journal of American Folklore, Deep Magazine and other periodicals. She is currently working on a book about hip-hop in the Mississippi Delta.