Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls Interviewed by Brandon Holmes

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In this interview, Brandon Holmes and Dr. Shanté Smalls discuss the benefits of meditation, committed practice and maintaining a sense of clarity in the current political climate. 

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Shante SmallsShanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD, is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing her first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ASAP/Journal, Women & Performance, Criticism, Lateral, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, and Oxford University Press. She is an Assitant Professor of African American Literature & Culture at St. John's University in Queens, NY.  In November 2015 after studying and practicing since 2006 she received authorization to start teaching in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  Learn more about her work at her website.




Brandon HolmesBrandon Holmes is a filmmaker and photographer living in New York. His films have screened at festivals in the US, Anthology Film Archives and the New School in New York. His work in print has been exhibited at the MoMa PS1 Art Book Fair. He spent several years at Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions, where he worked in post-production as an assistant editor on films and series for Amazon, ESPN, HBO, and Netflix. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Photography, Video and Related Media.










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