Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Adjunct Professor at NYU and Adjunct Associate Professor at Pace University (New York) and Brooklyn-based singer, emcee, poet and scholar

This event is part of the two-day Hip Hop Symposium (April 8 – 9)

Lecture – “Pick Up the Mic”
Friday, April 9 – 12:30 p.m.
Stern Center, Great Room

Ms. Smalls will discuss the documentary film “Pick Up the Mic” an award-winning documentary about the queer hip-hop scene(a.k.a. homohop. Shot over a three-year period in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, and even the Ozarks, the film captures the birth of the “homohop” movement and chronicles its growth into a global community of out artists that has emerged and thrived despite improbable odds.

Performance during “Hip Hop in Action”
Friday, April 9 – 7:00 p.m.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

About the Speaker/Performer
Ms. Smalls is an adjunct professor at NYU and adjunct associate professor at Pace University (in New York), who teaches on representations in popular culture, performance studies, and critical race, gender, sexuality and class theory. Smalls is currently writing her dissertation, Heretics of Hip-Hop: Performing Race, Gender and Sexuality in New York City.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a Brooklyn-based singer, emcee, poet and scholar, working at the intersections of live and recorded performance and critical artistry. She’s performed at venues such as CBGB’s, Galapagos, WOW Cafe, Yale University, Toronto Pride Festival and has appeared on MTV, VH1 and the BBC. a Found member of the hip-hop soul group, B.Q.E., Paradigm is currently working on an untitled album.