Shanté Paradigm Smalls 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.