She is the owner of Brownstone Jazz at Sankofa Aban Bed & Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York, a booming little enterprise that celebrates the rich history of music and people in the culturally diverse section of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant community. Once boasting the largest jazz neighborhood in Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy was home to such jazz greats as Thelonius Monk, Randy Weston, Miles Davis, Max Roach and Hank Mobley.
Derived from the Twi language of Ghana, Sankofa loosely translates to “Go back and get it.”
“Brooklyn is one of the most culturally diverse and prosperous meccas for Black Americans in the country,” McClain said in a recent interview with The Network Journal. “My business celebrates the history of the community by going back and giving back.”