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AliCè: Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’€™s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. Growing up in the culture of ’90s hip-hop, she was struck by the heroine of a comic named Sprayliz, which centered around a girl who created politically themed graffiti, and using this inspiration she began moving toward the world of street art. Through her art she strives to demonstration the small moments between people and their connections to one another. She wishes to represent human emotion and explore these emotions from a different point of view. Alice is particularly interested in the representation of women in art and the desire to show strong, independent women in a way that differs from the highly sexualized image of femininity that is typically seen in society. Born in 1980, Alice graduated from Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts and then lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the well-respected Ars animación school and, in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies at the Universidad Computense. She then worked with the Spanish department store Il Corte Engles as a set designer for Cortylandia. Here she was able to use her design skills to design amusement parks for children. Alice has also worked with international clients (Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, Microsoft, Gazzetta dello Sport) on PR campaigns and has collaborated in a wide range of design projects, both as a graphic designer and illustrator. Some of these projects include work with the design magazine Experimenta, Il Venerdì della Repubblica, and as the art director of the satirical magazine Greenager. In 2011 the graphic novel Vertigine, illustrated by Alice and written by Melissa P, was released by Italian publisher Rizzoli. Alice’s works have been exhibited both in Italy and abroad (2000 Fine Art Foyer - Loughborought (UK), 2003 Centro Luigi Di Sarro - Rome, 2006 Atelier ESC - Rome, 2009 Mondopop Gallery - Rome, 2010 Centro arte giovane - Turin, 2011 & 2012 Espace Pierre Cardin - Paris, 2012 999Contemporary Gallery - Rome, 2012 Mutuo Centro de Arte - Barcelona). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2013, include solo exhibitions at the Tri-Mission Gallery inside the American Embassy in Rome and at 44309 Gallery in Dortmund, Germany. Her murals have appeared across the globe (Sydney, Oslo, Brest, Paris, and Rome to name a few) and she often participates in urban art events and festivals. In 2011 she was one of many International street artists to participate in Paris’ Underbelly Project.
http://www.alicepasquini.com/

AliCè: Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’€™s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. Growing up in the culture of ’90s hip-hop, she was struck by the heroine of a comic named Sprayliz, which centered around a girl who created politically themed graffiti, and using this inspiration she began moving toward the world of street art. Through her art she strives to demonstration the small moments between people and their connections to one another. She wishes to represent human emotion and explore these emotions from a different point of view. Alice is particularly interested in the representation of women in art and the desire to show strong, independent women in a way that differs from the highly sexualized image of femininity that is typically seen in society. Born in 1980, Alice graduated from Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts and then lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the well-respected Ars animación school and, in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies at the Universidad Computense. She then worked with the Spanish department store Il Corte Engles as a set designer for Cortylandia. Here she was able to use her design skills to design amusement parks for children. Alice has also worked with international clients (Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, Microsoft, Gazzetta dello Sport) on PR campaigns and has collaborated in a wide range of design projects, both as a graphic designer and illustrator. Some of these projects include work with the design magazine Experimenta, Il Venerdì della Repubblica, and as the art director of the satirical magazine Greenager. In 2011 the graphic novel Vertigine, illustrated by Alice and written by Melissa P, was released by Italian publisher Rizzoli. Alice’s works have been exhibited both in Italy and abroad (2000 Fine Art Foyer - Loughborought (UK), 2003 Centro Luigi Di Sarro - Rome, 2006 Atelier ESC - Rome, 2009 Mondopop Gallery - Rome, 2010 Centro arte giovane - Turin, 2011 & 2012 Espace Pierre Cardin - Paris, 2012 999Contemporary Gallery - Rome, 2012 Mutuo Centro de Arte - Barcelona). Forthcoming exhibitions in 2013, include solo exhibitions at the Tri-Mission Gallery inside the American Embassy in Rome and at 44309 Gallery in Dortmund, Germany. Her murals have appeared across the globe (Sydney, Oslo, Brest, Paris, and Rome to name a few) and she often participates in urban art events and festivals. In 2011 she was one of many International street artists to participate in Paris’ Underbelly Project.

http://www.alicepasquini.com/

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NARUBI SELAH is a spoken word artist, vocalist, actress, and educator; born and raised in Trenton, NJ. Narubi is a one-woman show that has toured the globe recording and performing alongside such notables as the Poor Righteous Teachers, Lauryn Hill, Big Pun, Sista Soulja, Mos Def, and Mums, just to name a few. Nearly a decade ago, she was ranked the 11th poet in the nation, following her incredible performance at the 2001 Essence’s Music Festival in New Orleans. There, she shared the stage with Iylanya Vanzant and Tavis Smiley. Her poem entitled “Goodie Goodie” has gained national recognition and according to Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, “…her words could save our nation”. In 2005, following the entitlement of ‘New Jersey Slam Queen”, she featured on the 5th season of the Peabody Award winning Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This quadruple threat also demonstrated her acting prowess in the independent film “What Goes Around”, winning the film the Best Urban Feature Film Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In addition to starring in a number of off-off Broadway productions, she has also written and starred in her own ninety-minute play entitled “The Classifieds”, which premiered at the historical Nuyorican Poets Café, and was nothing short of breathtaking reviews. She has also written and co-directed the educational play entitled Free Your Rhyme, sponsored by the National Education Dance Institute, in conjunction with the Trenton Dance Institute Even. On 12/12/10 Narubi released her debut independent album, “IAM LivingMath, where she demonstrates her command to melodically and scientifically annihilate each and every track. With a mix of hip-hop, spoken word, and soulful singing, Narubi has truly shown her ability to create conscious music that crosses all barriers. Narubi currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches middle school math.
http://narubiselah.com

NARUBI SELAH is a spoken word artist, vocalist, actress, and educator; born and raised in Trenton, NJ. Narubi is a one-woman show that has toured the globe recording and performing alongside such notables as the Poor Righteous Teachers, Lauryn Hill, Big Pun, Sista Soulja, Mos Def, and Mums, just to name a few. Nearly a decade ago, she was ranked the 11th poet in the nation, following her incredible performance at the 2001 Essence’s Music Festival in New Orleans. There, she shared the stage with Iylanya Vanzant and Tavis Smiley. Her poem entitled “Goodie Goodie” has gained national recognition and according to Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, “…her words could save our nation”. In 2005, following the entitlement of ‘New Jersey Slam Queen”, she featured on the 5th season of the Peabody Award winning Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. This quadruple threat also demonstrated her acting prowess in the independent film “What Goes Around”, winning the film the Best Urban Feature Film Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In addition to starring in a number of off-off Broadway productions, she has also written and starred in her own ninety-minute play entitled “The Classifieds”, which premiered at the historical Nuyorican Poets Café, and was nothing short of breathtaking reviews. She has also written and co-directed the educational play entitled Free Your Rhyme, sponsored by the National Education Dance Institute, in conjunction with the Trenton Dance Institute Even. On 12/12/10 Narubi released her debut independent album, “IAM LivingMath, where she demonstrates her command to melodically and scientifically annihilate each and every track. With a mix of hip-hop, spoken word, and soulful singing, Narubi has truly shown her ability to create conscious music that crosses all barriers. Narubi currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches middle school math.

http://narubiselah.com

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AJA MONET - AUTOHISTORIA TEORIA

a Camovement by Cam Be & Aja Monet

Music by 
Frank Van Leeuven - Opposite
Nico Segal - Winter In America

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Vanessa Asolo, also known as MC FLOWER, is an intelligent and gifted young woman who is making a tremendous impact through her hip hop practices. Her work is encouraging parents to support their childrenʼs activities of self- expression and inspiring both young and old to celebrate their creative talents. At the age of seven MC Flower joined the Bavubuka Foundation’s Music and Arts Creative Workshops and since then she has represented the future generation of Ugandaʼs burgeoning hip hop culture on numerous national stages with internationally and nationally celebrated artists such as Nneka, Kween G,
Babaluku, Sifa Kele, Atlas and Tshila. Now, at just 10 years of age, she has just been elected for her second term as Entertainment Minister at Makindye Junior School where she humbly celebrates celebrity status. Both in her community and nationally MC Flower is showcasing her critical thinking and passion for child advocacy through freestyling and her Luga Flow indigenous hip hop practices which are being highlighted across Uganda on both radio and television platforms.
MC Flower is a regular performer at International Womenʼs Day and Earth Day celebrations and has also performed at Power of Hope Mulago Pediatric Kids Camp and Uganda Youth Conference. She has been featured on NTV Celebrity Kids as the first and youngest hop hip woman to hit the media waves. She is an integral part of the young Phenomenal Womenʼs team and is always contributing to her community and her peers through creative outreach opportunities. She is the first student to be permitted by her school to run a series of hip hop creative work shops through Bavubukaʼs Kids for Kids Hip Hop Outreach Program; this is the fulfillment of a promise she made to her peers at the assembly announcing her election as Entertainment Minister. MC Flower is currently developing her web series called “Letʼs Chat”. We can add that to the list of “firsts” this creative, passionate youngster will have accomplished before her tenth birthday!

MARIPOSA is an award winning poet whose poetry has been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO Latino series, “Habla Ya” and the HBO documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the US”, produced by Edward James Olmos, Nick Athas and Time Warner. Mariposa has also been seen on BET, Lifetime and PBS. A Native New Yorker born and raised in The Bronx, Mariposa is a 3rd generation Puerto Rican whose work demonstrates pride in her Nuyorican culture and heritage and a deep commitment to her community.  To the credit of her hard working parents and her mother’s vision, Mariposa is a 1st generation college graduate, overcoming many obstacles and barriers to earn a BA in Women’s Studies with a concentration in English Literature and a MA in Education from New York University. Mariposa is the author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival. She has published articles and poetry in numerous publications including the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, The Afro Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States,  El Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, Resistance in Paradise: 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism, Drum Voices Volume 23 and Def Poetry Jam’s Bumrush the Page. Over the years, Mariposa has worked as a teaching artist and and as a poet-in-residence at The Caribbean Cultural Center, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Bronx Writers Center and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.  She has passionately taught poetry and creative writing to elementary, middle school and high school students throughout New York City, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and senior citizen centers and has edited numerous anthologies of her student’s work. A producer, as well as a performer, Mariposa produces shows and fundraisers on an ongoing basis. Mariposa’s current project is called Crysálida: Cry of the Chrysalis, an annual showcase which raises money to support programs that empower young women. Over the past decade Mariposa has produced numerous open mics and poetry/spoken word, performance art and music showcases with her twin sister, poet and artist melleSOL which include Sol in the Heights, Sol in El Barrio, Sol Sistahs from the Underground and BX Bohemia. Mariposa has been recognized by El Comite Noviembre in New York City with Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award for writing her famous poem Ode to the Diasporican where she passionately states, “No nací en Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico nació en mi. (I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was born in me.” Other awards include The Van Lier Fellowship for Artists Under 30 awarded by the New York Council of the Arts and an award presented to Mariposa by the non-profit organization El Maestro for her dedication, service and commitment to the Puerto Rican community.
http://www.universeofmariposa.com/index.html

MARIPOSA is an award winning poet whose poetry has been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO Latino series, “Habla Ya” and the HBO documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the US”, produced by Edward James Olmos, Nick Athas and Time Warner. Mariposa has also been seen on BET, Lifetime and PBS. A Native New Yorker born and raised in The Bronx, Mariposa is a 3rd generation Puerto Rican whose work demonstrates pride in her Nuyorican culture and heritage and a deep commitment to her community.  To the credit of her hard working parents and her mother’s vision, Mariposa is a 1st generation college graduate, overcoming many obstacles and barriers to earn a BA in Women’s Studies with a concentration in English Literature and a MA in Education from New York University. Mariposa is the author of Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Love & Survival. She has published articles and poetry in numerous publications including the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, The Afro Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States,  El Centro Journal, The Hostos Review, Resistance in Paradise: 100 Years of U.S. Colonialism, Drum Voices Volume 23 and Def Poetry Jam’s Bumrush the Page. Over the years, Mariposa has worked as a teaching artist and and as a poet-in-residence at The Caribbean Cultural Center, Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Bronx Writers Center and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.  She has passionately taught poetry and creative writing to elementary, middle school and high school students throughout New York City, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Public Library and senior citizen centers and has edited numerous anthologies of her student’s work. A producer, as well as a performer, Mariposa produces shows and fundraisers on an ongoing basis. Mariposa’s current project is called Crysálida: Cry of the Chrysalis, an annual showcase which raises money to support programs that empower young women. Over the past decade Mariposa has produced numerous open mics and poetry/spoken word, performance art and music showcases with her twin sister, poet and artist melleSOL which include Sol in the Heights, Sol in El Barrio, Sol Sistahs from the Underground and BX Bohemia. Mariposa has been recognized by El Comite Noviembre in New York City with Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award for writing her famous poem Ode to the Diasporican where she passionately states, “No nací en Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico nació en mi. (I wasn’t born in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was born in me.” Other awards include The Van Lier Fellowship for Artists Under 30 awarded by the New York Council of the Arts and an award presented to Mariposa by the non-profit organization El Maestro for her dedication, service and commitment to the Puerto Rican community.

http://www.universeofmariposa.com/index.html

  
GIRLS ON TOP is Uk’s first all female aerosol crew EST. 2000. Girls On Top crew is made up of Chock, Luna, Claudia De Sabe, Syrup, Pixie, Lyns and Neonita. The Girls On Top host all-girl graffiti jams, which have gained popularity internationally. Building momentum within the scene and attracting interest from female talent, their popularity enabled them to build a wide contact base and travel plans (Europe, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). As teachers of the art form in a plethora of settings to young and old alike, GOT spreads a positive message for graffiti artists across the globe.
http://www.girlsontopcrew.co.uk

GIRLS ON TOP is Uk’s first all female aerosol crew EST. 2000. Girls On Top crew is made up of Chock, Luna, Claudia De Sabe, Syrup, Pixie, Lyns and Neonita. The Girls On Top host all-girl graffiti jams, which have gained popularity internationally. Building momentum within the scene and attracting interest from female talent, their popularity enabled them to build a wide contact base and travel plans (Europe, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). As teachers of the art form in a plethora of settings to young and old alike, GOT spreads a positive message for graffiti artists across the globe.

http://www.girlsontopcrew.co.uk

HIMANEE GUPTA-CARLSON was born in November, in the midst of a blizzard, in Iowa City, Iowa, to parents recently arrived from India to the United States. Hence, her name Himanee: born of snow, the princess of snows, a derivation of Himalaya, and of the name ascribed to Parvati in her guise as snowy consort to Shiva.
After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Himanee worked as a reporter at newspapers throughout the U.S., including The Idaho Statesman, The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader, The Kansas City Star, and The Seattle Times.
A mid-career fellowship for journalists interested in Asia brought her to Hawai’i in 1995, where she began studying the history, religions, politics, and society of India and other nations of South Asia, along with Hindi (the language her parents spoke but never passed on to her) and Hawaiian (the language of those indigenous to Hawai’i). Being in Hawai’i and experiencing the stories of oppression that Hawaiians shared caused Himanee to start looking more deeply at the legacy of British colonialism on her ancestral country of origin and the community of immigrants she was born into. Her probings led to a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Hawai’i as well as many scholarly and creative writings on the immigrant experience.
Himanee is completing a book manuscript, Muncie, India(na), and teaches a workshop on “Writing Immigrant Narratives.” She also is researching the teaching the roots and evolution of hip-hop as an American and global phenomenon, and probing what it means to be a Christian in a poly-cultural America. A 2011-2012 fellowship through the Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is supporting the latter project. Himanee also speaks extensively on hip-hop and is developing curricula for two future courses centered on the history and contemporary politics of hip-hop.
http://www.gupta-carlson.com

HIMANEE GUPTA-CARLSON was born in November, in the midst of a blizzard, in Iowa City, Iowa, to parents recently arrived from India to the United States. Hence, her name Himanee: born of snow, the princess of snows, a derivation of Himalaya, and of the name ascribed to Parvati in her guise as snowy consort to Shiva.

After studying journalism at Northwestern University, Himanee worked as a reporter at newspapers throughout the U.S., including The Idaho Statesman, The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader, The Kansas City Star, and The Seattle Times.

A mid-career fellowship for journalists interested in Asia brought her to Hawai’i in 1995, where she began studying the history, religions, politics, and society of India and other nations of South Asia, along with Hindi (the language her parents spoke but never passed on to her) and Hawaiian (the language of those indigenous to Hawai’i). Being in Hawai’i and experiencing the stories of oppression that Hawaiians shared caused Himanee to start looking more deeply at the legacy of British colonialism on her ancestral country of origin and the community of immigrants she was born into. Her probings led to a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Hawai’i as well as many scholarly and creative writings on the immigrant experience.

Himanee is completing a book manuscript, Muncie, India(na), and teaches a workshop on “Writing Immigrant Narratives.” She also is researching the teaching the roots and evolution of hip-hop as an American and global phenomenon, and probing what it means to be a Christian in a poly-cultural America. A 2011-2012 fellowship through the Wabash Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is supporting the latter project. Himanee also speaks extensively on hip-hop and is developing curricula for two future courses centered on the history and contemporary politics of hip-hop.

http://www.gupta-carlson.com

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Walking a tightrope can be risky business, especially if you happen to be sporting high heels and a pencil skirt in the process. Since its inception hip-hop has largely been considered a man’s world. Few women have attempted to claim the “emcee” moniker and even fewer have done so with a feminine touch. Armed with a writer’s wit, and a short list of hip hop foremothers, RITA J has critically wounded the notion that an intelligent woman can’t be heard over an 808.  Raised in the talent rich pockets of Chicago’s South Side, Rita J— Rita Jackson when not on stage—was born to entertain. A trained dancer, Rita J has spent much of her life on stage often showcasing her artistic prowess in competition. Her experiences as a dancer taught her at an early age the value of hard work and passion—characteristics beneficial to any artist, and essential to an emcee.
While her own musical talents lay dormant for much of her childhood, the seeds were planted early on. The offspring of avid music listeners, Rita was raised on a sonic diet of 70’s funk, soul, and R&B. Pilfering through her father’s record collection for fun, Rita found herself captivated by the soulful croons of Bobby Womack, the rhythmic musings of groups like Slave, Shalamar, and the Bar-Kays, and the vocal and artistic depth of artists like Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Prince, and Phylis Hyman. Already a seasoned entertainer, her rich musical indoctrination further fueled her desire to seek out new forms of artistic expression. It would only be a matter of time before Rita herself would carry the mic on her own personal foray into the music industry…..
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-J/187768712422

Walking a tightrope can be risky business, especially if you happen to be sporting high heels and a pencil skirt in the process. Since its inception hip-hop has largely been considered a man’s world. Few women have attempted to claim the “emcee” moniker and even fewer have done so with a feminine touch. Armed with a writer’s wit, and a short list of hip hop foremothers, RITA J has critically wounded the notion that an intelligent woman can’t be heard over an 808.  Raised in the talent rich pockets of Chicago’s South Side, Rita J— Rita Jackson when not on stage—was born to entertain. A trained dancer, Rita J has spent much of her life on stage often showcasing her artistic prowess in competition. Her experiences as a dancer taught her at an early age the value of hard work and passion—characteristics beneficial to any artist, and essential to an emcee.

While her own musical talents lay dormant for much of her childhood, the seeds were planted early on. The offspring of avid music listeners, Rita was raised on a sonic diet of 70’s funk, soul, and R&B. Pilfering through her father’s record collection for fun, Rita found herself captivated by the soulful croons of Bobby Womack, the rhythmic musings of groups like Slave, Shalamar, and the Bar-Kays, and the vocal and artistic depth of artists like Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Prince, and Phylis Hyman. Already a seasoned entertainer, her rich musical indoctrination further fueled her desire to seek out new forms of artistic expression. It would only be a matter of time before Rita herself would carry the mic on her own personal foray into the music industry…..

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-J/187768712422

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 ANDREANA CLAY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era. Her articles on hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, youth activism, and hip-hop feminism have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals, including Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Meridians: A Journal of Race, Feminism, and Transnationalism.
queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com/

 ANDREANA CLAY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Francisco State University. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era. Her articles on hip-hop culture, queer sexuality, youth activism, and hip-hop feminism have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals, including Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Meridians: A Journal of Race, Feminism, and Transnationalism.

queerblackfeminist.blogspot.com/

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RESPONSE TO RICK ROSS RAPE LYRIC by ROSA CLEMENTE

Peace everyone I want to thank your thoughts, your support of women, your humanity. For the very few that seem to just be nasty, mean, violent, I only wish that your heart will open. As for me I will fight on to stop this, and if anyone reading wants to do something more, please email me at clementerosa@gmail.com. For those who hide behind a computer spewing hate, I suggest you let me/us be. At the end of the day I am a Bronx born Puerto Rican woman, and I will push back. Peace.

FRESH, BOLD, AND SO DEF WOMEN IN HIP-HOP

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this program will highlight the contributions and achievements of women in hip-hop through media, performances, and a panel discussion.

Presented by the Schomburg Center’s Hip-Hop 4.0 Initiative in conjunction with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and its “Rhapsodic City: Music of New York” series and the Hip-Hop Education Center at New York University’s Metro Center. 

Participants include: FM SUPREME, GENESIS BE, BEVERLY BOND, PIPER CARTER, MARTHA DIAZ, ROKAFELLA, BRITTNEY COOPER, AUTUMN ROBINSON, SHANEQUA GOLDING, EBONIE SMITH, AUTUMN MARIE, AND NUALA CABRAL.

BREAKING SILENCE SURVEY FOR TEENAGERS

We want to hear from teenage girls between the ages of 13-19 years old who listen to Hip-Hop music. Please take this survey and let us know how you feel about the images of women in Hip-Hop in music videos and television. Your feedback is important! We plan to release a report with the survey findings in spring 2014.

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FRESH, BOLD, AND SO DEF WOMEN SURVEY

We want to hear from women in Hip-Hop with four or more years of work experience. Our goal is to find out how many women have developed a career within Hip-Hop culture. We want to learn what concerns and issues affect women in Hip-Hop so that we can do something about it. We will release a research report in 2014 that will reflect the findings in this survey.

MAHOGANY JONES’s experience in Hip-hop began in New York under the tutelage of Toni Blackman’s FreeStyle Union. This mentorship led to competing on BET’s 106 and Park Freestyle Fridays, where she left her mark as a 4x undefeated champion in 2001. It also opened doors to share stages with such notables as Dead Pres, Rah Digga, The Roots, India.Arie, Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli, and Kem. ​ In 2004, the New Yorker made Metro-Detroit her home and began recording with The Yuinon, appearing on 4 compilation albums (The Prequel, Genocide, H.E.R Project, and The Sequel), and released her own album, Morphed, with Ron Lee of “What’s the Irony Productions, the creative force behind her soon to be released collaborative project, Pure. Mahogany Jones also assumed the role of a community leader, using hip-hop to mentor Detroit’s youth multiple times a week with The Yuinon, as well as hosting an open mic with 5e Gallery’s Foundation on Tuesdays at Old Miami Veterans Bar. Mahogany is a co-organizer of the Foundation, started by DJ Sicari and photographer, Piper Caters with Detroit rappers Miz Korona and Invincible to celebrate women in hip-hop. ​ The Mahogany Jones Live band is comprised of vocalist Roslyn Welch of Memphis, TN by way of New Jersey; percussionist Lauren “L Boog” HJohnson of Detroit; and Mixtape DJ Sean Blu of Augusta, GA radio fame and the Pepsi Scratch Off/ DJ Battle Competition Semi-finalist.
http://www.mahoganyjones.com

MAHOGANY JONES’s experience in Hip-hop began in New York under the tutelage of Toni Blackman’s FreeStyle Union. This mentorship led to competing on BET’s 106 and Park Freestyle Fridays, where she left her mark as a 4x undefeated champion in 2001. It also opened doors to share stages with such notables as Dead Pres, Rah Digga, The Roots, India.Arie, Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli, and Kem. ​ In 2004, the New Yorker made Metro-Detroit her home and began recording with The Yuinon, appearing on 4 compilation albums (The Prequel, Genocide, H.E.R Project, and The Sequel), and released her own album, Morphed, with Ron Lee of “What’s the Irony Productions, the creative force behind her soon to be released collaborative project, Pure. Mahogany Jones also assumed the role of a community leader, using hip-hop to mentor Detroit’s youth multiple times a week with The Yuinon, as well as hosting an open mic with 5e Gallery’s Foundation on Tuesdays at Old Miami Veterans Bar. Mahogany is a co-organizer of the Foundation, started by DJ Sicari and photographer, Piper Caters with Detroit rappers Miz Korona and Invincible to celebrate women in hip-hop. ​ The Mahogany Jones Live band is comprised of vocalist Roslyn Welch of Memphis, TN by way of New Jersey; percussionist Lauren “L Boog” HJohnson of Detroit; and Mixtape DJ Sean Blu of Augusta, GA radio fame and the Pepsi Scratch Off/ DJ Battle Competition Semi-finalist.

http://www.mahoganyjones.com

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The number two is powerful. Not only does it signify NINA SKY’s tag teaming force, it also signifies the culmination of their independent EP release, “Nicole & Natalie.” Since their global recognition in 2004 with the reggae-infused pop jam, “Move Ya Body,” Nicole and Natalie Albino have spent eight years challenging their voices and learning more about themselves in life and in business. “ Just because we weren’t in the spotlight doesn’t mean we weren’t making moves,” Natalie explains. “These last 8 years were spent traveling, doing shows all over the world, writ- ing and working with other artists. We’ve really had time to mature into women and master our craft. The “Nina Sky” album hit the industry with a brand of R&B that was unprecedented, coming from two Puerto Rican twin sisters from Queens, NY. That same year, rapper N.O.R.E. called on Nina Sky for vocal assistance on “Oye Mi Canto,” featuring Daddy Yankee, which became the first reggaeton record to hit mainstream radio and showcased the ladies bilingual talents. While 8 years have elapsed, The twin’s unmistakeable harmonies quickly made them in demand collaborators in the worlds of Hip-Hop, R&B, Dance, and Reggae. Artists ranging from The Alchemist to Diplo, Sean Paul, and even Aventura have sought out the talented Queens-bred sisters to take their music to another level. As Nicole and Natalie ready for a fresh beginning, their musical abilities have never once failed to resonate with audiences. “We aren’t only singers; we write all of our music,” Natalie reveals. “Nicole plays guitar and deejays. We are very musical and try to show this while on stage. Our vibe isn’t like your typical group! Because Nicole deejays, she’s able to command the crowd and every once and a while, we’ll bring the guitar out on stage to show our versatility.” As a teen, Nicole mastered the turntables but relied on her guitar playing skills to support the lyrics she and Natalie wrote. Fast forward years later and the duo’s songwriting capabilities are displayed in catchy party starting records to poignant ballads. Their wide range of collaborations speaks to their versatility and growth, but never was this more apparent than on their newest album Nicole & Natalie. The project is the sum of their musical influences combined with the maturation of the duo as individuals. Die hard fans have always been aware of this evolution, from their electrifying stage show to Nicole’s emergence as a DJ playing in the most elite clubs around the world. Even casual onlookers can see their progression as their ever-changing sense of style has developed Nina Sky into fashion icons both on the New York City scene and in the pages of fashion magazines.
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The number two is powerful. Not only does it signify NINA SKY’s tag teaming force, it also signifies the culmination of their independent EP release, “Nicole & Natalie.” Since their global recognition in 2004 with the reggae-infused pop jam, “Move Ya Body,” Nicole and Natalie Albino have spent eight years challenging their voices and learning more about themselves in life and in business. “ Just because we weren’t in the spotlight doesn’t mean we weren’t making moves,” Natalie explains. “These last 8 years were spent traveling, doing shows all over the world, writ- ing and working with other artists. We’ve really had time to mature into women and master our craft. The “Nina Sky” album hit the industry with a brand of R&B that was unprecedented, coming from two Puerto Rican twin sisters from Queens, NY. That same year, rapper N.O.R.E. called on Nina Sky for vocal assistance on “Oye Mi Canto,” featuring Daddy Yankee, which became the first reggaeton record to hit mainstream radio and showcased the ladies bilingual talents. While 8 years have elapsed, The twin’s unmistakeable harmonies quickly made them in demand collaborators in the worlds of Hip-Hop, R&B, Dance, and Reggae. Artists ranging from The Alchemist to Diplo, Sean Paul, and even Aventura have sought out the talented Queens-bred sisters to take their music to another level. As Nicole and Natalie ready for a fresh beginning, their musical abilities have never once failed to resonate with audiences. “We aren’t only singers; we write all of our music,” Natalie reveals. “Nicole plays guitar and deejays. We are very musical and try to show this while on stage. Our vibe isn’t like your typical group! Because Nicole deejays, she’s able to command the crowd and every once and a while, we’ll bring the guitar out on stage to show our versatility.” As a teen, Nicole mastered the turntables but relied on her guitar playing skills to support the lyrics she and Natalie wrote. Fast forward years later and the duo’s songwriting capabilities are displayed in catchy party starting records to poignant ballads. Their wide range of collaborations speaks to their versatility and growth, but never was this more apparent than on their newest album Nicole & Natalie. The project is the sum of their musical influences combined with the maturation of the duo as individuals. Die hard fans have always been aware of this evolution, from their electrifying stage show to Nicole’s emergence as a DJ playing in the most elite clubs around the world. Even casual onlookers can see their progression as their ever-changing sense of style has developed Nina Sky into fashion icons both on the New York City scene and in the pages of fashion magazines.

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