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In conversation, even when talking about her toughest times, Stamper laughed loudly and often. Her Black Madonna project has won her fans in both niche Chicago dance circles and broader international nightlife scenes. Her ecstatic DJ sets, during which she usually spins vinyl and dances just as hard as the crowd, have led her to prestigious festivals and Earth’s most popular clubs. She’s also the creative director, a resident artist, and the first woman talent buyer at Chicago’s legendary Smart Bar, the city’s oldest continuously running dance music venue. And to get to this point, she’s worked hard. “I’ll have these moments where it just doesn’t seem like my life,” she said. “There’s a little piece of me that is always afraid that someone’s gonna take the ball back.”
Check out the rest of the interview over at The Fader.