Leah Flynn, 10, is a violin prodigy who began playing the instrument at 5 years old. The music enthusiast paid respect to Aretha Franklin, by performing a violin rendition of her 1967 hit single, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman).”
Flynn is the daughter of Jamaican-born parents Paula and Lennox Flynn. Her father, a pianist and organist, became a stay-at-home dad and music coach after suffering a stroke when Paula was just three months pregnant with their daughter. The 10-year-old became a member of Orlando, Florida’s Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony in 2013. She also served as the concertmaster for the Intermezzo group nine months in 2015.
In 2017, the family started Hearts for Strings, a foundation to help spread the power and love of music especially in the African-American community.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.