A new generation of commentators are remaking art criticism in their image. This program will screen three short films and one work-in-progress, showcasing arts experiences from Native American, Afro-Brazilian, African-American, and Caribbean-American communities. A panel discussion will follow with Millennial curators and journalists responding to the changing understanding of cultural heritage. Shorts include Digital Natives: Plains Indians at The Met, Free Blacks: DanceAfrica at BAM, Millennial Realness: 2019 Whitney Biennial and documentary work-in-progress Carnival Queens.
• Filmmaker and art critic Tiffany Bradley expands the discussion of art, heritage, and identity.
• Multi-hyphenate Belinda Becker tells stories through in dance, acting, journalism, and music.
• Historian Dr. Tyesha Maddox of Fordham University explores kinship networks and social organizations in her research on Caribbean American identity.
Tiffany Bradley is the founder of Colored Criticism, a company for cultural heritage stories. Her focus is on intersectional, interpersonal, and interdisciplinary arts. Tiffany has created programs and media for Amherst College, Art Matters Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation and Rush Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Colorlines, Racialicious, and the Americans for the Arts blog. Tiffany has worked in audience development at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, Race Forward, Americans for the Arts, and Fractured Atlas. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Museum Studies at the University of Haifa.
Belinda Becker is a triple threat as DJ, dancer, and actor. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Belinda is well-known in the arts scene. She is a regular contributor to the lifestyle magazine Ubikwist, and was recently featured in the NY Times Metropolitan section. She has been studying and performing Haitian Folklore, and Afro-Cuban dance for over 20 years under the direction of Pat Hall and Baba Richard Gonzalez. She currently spins at such venues including the Top of the Standard and Dumbo House, and formerly at Area, Nells, and Radio Lily. Dance companies include: The Pat Hall Dancers, Bonga and Voudou Drums of Haiti, La Troupe Makandal, and Urban Tap. Film and television credits include: Jean Galmot, Aventurier, Law & Order, Left Unsaid, Love Rome and Sticky Fingers of Time. Belinda lives in Brooklyn with her beautiful daughter Willow.
Dr. Tyesha Maddox
Dr. Tyesha Maddox is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University in the Department of African and African American Studies. She received her PhD in History from New York University in 2016. She received a BA in History and Africana Studies and a MPS in Africana Studies both from Cornell University. She is currently the 2019-2020 Race and Gender Post-Doctoral Associate at Rutgers University. Her current manuscript, “From Invisible to Immigrants: Political Activism and the Construction of Caribbean American Identity, 1890-1940,” examines the significance of Anglophone Caribbean immigrant mutual aid societies and benevolent associations in New York. It explores how these organizations played a vital role in the formation of transnational identities and facilitated community building, creating kinship networks that both empowered immigrants to form a collective “Caribbean” identity and unleashed a political activism among immigrants fighting alongside African Americans to insure their equality in the tumultuous era of American Jim Crow.