Pittsburgh native Joseph Edgar is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, earning a degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing and African Studies. In 2010, Joseph apprenticed with photojournalist Fatoumata Diabate' in Bamako, Mali. He is a two-time recipient of the Women's Association of the University of Pittsburgh undergrad scholarship. Joseph has volunteered with Keep It Real, a student run organization that works with the Somali Bantu population in Pittsburgh. He has also acted with Kuntu Repertory Theater.
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