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THESE ARE THE BREAKS: Race, Class, Gentrification, and the Emergence of Hip hop in film

13 Jul 2019, 7-9p

Yale Union (800 SE 10th Ave)

Join home school and Yale Union on 13 Jul 2019 for a talk by artist Shellyne Rodriguez. Streamed and archived online for distance learning. Free and open to the public as always. Refreshments available.

In 1984 and 1985 respectively… Two films were released that explored the emerging phenomenon of hip hop culture through the lens of two legendary black actors and entertainers… Harry Belafonte who produced the film Beat Street and Sidney Poitier’s directorial debut which gave us the film Fast Forward. Shellyne will present a comparative study on these two films to discuss race, class, and the role of the arts in gentrification during the neoliberal turn in the 80s versus the hyper-speculative moment swallowing up the enclaves that birthed hip hop culture now.

Shellyne Rodriguez is a visual artist who works in multiple mediums to depict spaces and subjects engaged in strategies of survival against subjugation. This emotive inquiry puts the Baroque in contact with a Decoloniality rooted in hip hop culture. Her work utilizes text, drawing, painting, found materials, and sculpture to emphasize her ideas. Shellyne graduated with a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies From the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Fine Art from CUNY Hunter College. She has had her work and projects exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum, New Museum and her work has recently been commissioned by the city of New York for a permanent public sculpture, which will serve as a monument to the people of the Bronx. Shellyne is also a community organizer and an active member of radical grassroots collective Take Back the Bronx.

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