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Michelle Materre, The Grande Dame of Black Whole
Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated musician. He is also a film composer, producer/arranger and plays a wide range of horn instruments. Jay studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has become a world renowned Latin jazz artist, playing with the likes of Chucho Valdez, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Candido among others. He is the composer of the soundtrack for the documentary “Changing Face of Harlem” by Shawn Batey.
Valerie Jo Bradley is founder and CEO of The Bradley Group, proprietor of Harlem 144 Guest House, and co-author of Harlem Travel Guide. These ventures allow her to share more than 40 years of experience working in media, politics, international affairs, with community-based organizations that promote the history and culture of Harlem. Ms. Bradley’s principal volunteer activity is with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, which she co-founded in the late 1990s. She is also the principal producer of the Historic Harlem Parks Reel Harlem Film Festival which screens films about the Black experience outdoors in the major Harlem parks.
Shawn Batey, an award-winning filmmaker, has over 15 years experience as a producer, filmmaker, and writer of documentary films and videos. Third World Newsreel is distributor of two of her films: “Hair-Tage”, a cultural documentary on dreadlocks, and “Through My Eyes”, an interpretation of September 11th from the perspective of Latino and African-American Youth. In the 2007 Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour she incorporated elements of “Changing Face of Harlem” into a multimedia installation.
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