Aug. 1



Critics of Color Roundtable

Presented by Critical Minded

As Toni Cade Bambara reminds us, it is the duty of cultural workers to reassemble cultural memory. Critics are key in advancing contemporary thought and practice. Critics of color especially can guide us, give exposure and hold us accountable through their intuition, interpretation and study. The writers, scholars and journalists in this panel will discuss their practices in assembling and reassembling our cultural breathing ground to build for our liberation.

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Michael Gillespie

Scholar & Writer

Michael B. Gillespie is a film professor at The City College of New York, CUNY. His research focuses on film theory, black visual and expressive culture, popular music, and contemporary art. He is the author ofFilm Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (Duke University Press, 2016). He is co-editor of “Dimensions in Black: Perspectives on Black Film and Media,” a special dossier for Film Quarterly (Winter 2017); and “Black One Shot” (, an art criticism series devoted to black visual and expressive culture on ASAP/J (Summer 2018). His work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Black Camera, Flash Art, and several collections. He is Senior Editor of ASAP Journal.

Tre Johnson


A writer focused on the connective tissue of who we are, how we live, what we consume and what it means through examining race, culture and politics, my work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vox, Atlanta Black Star and other outlets. Prior to freelance writing, I was a veteran in the field of education working in the classroom, non-profits and school districts as a teacher and a leader.

Jessica Lynne

Founding Editor, ARTS.BLACK

Jessica Lynne is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in America, The Believer, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Kinfolk, and elsewhere. She was a 2018 Open Space columnist-in-residence and currently serves on the board of Black Art Futures Fund and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa—founded by the late Jayne Cortez and Ama Ata Aidoo. Lynne is at work on a collection of essays about family, faith, and the American South.

Greg Tate

Writer, Musician and Cultural Worker

Greg Tate is a writer, musician and cultural provocateur who lives in Harlem on Sugar Hill. His book’s include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Flyboy 2:The Greg Tate Reader, and, Everything But The Burden;What White People Are Taking From Black Culture. He has taught and lectured  at Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Morehouse and San Francesco State University. Tate also leads the Conducted Improv big band, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber,who are currently  celebrating twenty years of never playing anything the same way once.


Chi Hui Yang

Program Officer, Ford Foundation’s JustFilms

Chi-hui Yang is a curator based in New York. He is currently Program Officer for Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative, a global effort that supports non-fiction filmmakers and organizations whose work addresses the most urgent social issues of our time. As a curator, he has presented programs such as: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, “Lines and Nodes: Media, Infrastructure, and Aesthetics” (2014, Anthology Film Archives) and “The Age of Migration” (2008, Flaherty Film Seminar). From 2000-2010 he was director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Yang has been an instructor at Brooklyn’s UnionDocs and has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Hunter College. He earned a master’s degree in film studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.