Morning Dance Party at the Book FestivalPresented by Boston Book Festival
No one wants to sleep in on BBF day, especially when we’re starting things off with a morning dance party! Grab a cold brew coffee and get ready to dance like no one’s watching. Daybreaker founder Radha Agrawal will host a dance energizer* to get the BBF party started before her session later in the morning. Providing the music is Yanina Johnson, a singer/songwriter from Cambridge who studies at Berklee College of Music.
Radha Agrawal is a self-styled “community architect” whose entrepreneurial endeavors have centered on community building in a variety of ways. She is the cofounder and CEO at Daybreaker, a community-focused company that hosts early morning raves and yoga sessions in dozens of cities around the globe. She and a friend, Matt Brimer, started the company in 2013 as a way to counter what they saw as the faults in New York City nightlife: too much alcohol, not enough dancing. She is also the cofounder, coinventor, and partner at THINX , which sells absorbent, reusable period underwear for women. THINX was also founded in 2013 on the back of a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Agrawal has also launched a life-coaching app called LiveItUp. With all this under her belt, Agrawal knows a thing or two about business and community building. She has has imparted her wisdom and penned a new book, Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life, which she also illustrated. Agrawal also has a penchant for wide-brimmed hats.
Yanina Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Cambridge. She studies at Berklee College of Music as a music business major with a minor in recording and production. She sets out to be self-sufficient, involving herself in all aspects of music, including production, business, and performance. After studying abroad in Valencia, Spain, she realized there was a lack in representation of Afro-Latina woman across the globe. She decided to develop an all women’s artist collective entitled “SheReigns.” They have performed in multiple venues across Europe and continue to develop in Boston today. Through this collective she hopes to bring awareness to social and political injustices and touch upon the real truths that many face in life with her original music. Johnson performed this summer at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans.