Shanté Paradigm Smalls won CLAGS’ 2016 Fellowship Award for Best First Book Project in LGBTQ Studies. Hip Hop Heresies proposes new ways to think about the “authentic” hip hop body and the ways hip hop artists, DJs, rappers, and filmmakers, in this case, deploy New York City and its specific artistic, racial, gender, and sexual populations and traditions, to remake hip hop meaning and doing. Particularly, this manuscript troves the rich and untapped alternate hip hop historiographies—the queer(ed) bodies, Afro-Asian cultural production, sonic gender drag, graphic novel avatars, and the mash-up of rap and Broadway musicals.
Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, teacher, and writer who works at the intersection of blackness, popular culture, critical theory, and performance. In September 2014, Dr. Smalls joined the English Department at St. John’s University (NYC) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American Literature & Culture where she teaches courses on African American Literature & Culture, global blackness, hip hop, queer theory, and race and genre fiction. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Black Scholar, GLQ, Criticism, Lateral, Women & Performance, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, and forthcoming The Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Smalls is also the Editorial Board of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies and an active Editor of The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research.