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Azure Thompson

About Azure Thompson

Azure Thompson is a research scientist at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Columbia University’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Her life has been enriched by knowing Javaka Steptoe for nearly five years.

Profile of 2017 Caldecott Medal and CSK Illustrator Award winner Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson

When I first met Javaka, he was on year two of his six-year journey to the birth of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a book that we now know begins: “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, a little boy […]