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Was This Hideous Attack A Byproduct Of The 'There Can Only Be One' Mantality?

By Chrysta Monique - Content Curator

 
Recently a Female Emcee was brutally attacked after defeating 3 males in a freestyle battle (See - Georgia Rappers Rape Female and Set Her on Fire After Losing Freestyle Battle to Her).
 In my opinion what happened to that poor woman was direct result of the 'There can only be one'  mentality in Hip Hop. The notion that only a handful of women can have the spotlight, and even then they're just a showpiece and not actual talent; and God forbid they out rap a dude!  It's equivalent to the idiotic opnion that the WNBA isn't 'real' basketball.  What does it say about our society that women are still looked at with such inferiority, even after they prove they can go toe to toe with the opposit sex?
 
The female MC has been hidden from an entire generation, exacerbating the misogyny of  hip-hop to an extreme.  We have an entire generation of young boys who were raised on the notion that the woman's place in hip-hop is beneath him - literally and figuratively.  Now it's to the point that when a woman exerts her talent and skill over a man, for some cowards,  it's his duty to put her 'back in her place'. 
 
What message does it give to other female emcees? Or The young lady who wants to muster up the courage to jump into the cypher at school? That if she out raps a guy instead of getting props, she's going to suffer the repercussions of violence?
 
SHEmovement's goal is counter act this school of thought. We're not just here to showcase the 'hottest Femcees', it's bigger than that. We are here to bring Hip Hop back into balance. And to make sure future generations maintain the integrity of Our culture. 
 
Our hearts, prayers and many Salutes goes out to the survivor of that savage attack.  We MUST rally around her, even if we don't know her name. Because it could've been any one of us.  Mind you I'm a closet MC, I write poetry in a journal.  But if I ever did decide to share the lyrics in my notebook, I would like to know that doing so wouldn't put my life in danger.
 
One thing is for sure, the Female Emcee is coming to reclaim  her throne, and no matter how bad cowards and the powers that be want to stop it.....You can't stop the inevitable.
 
Blessings,
CM

 


 

 

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Monie Love  

MONIE LOVE THINKS 'OKEYDOKE RAPPERS' ARE FU**ING IT UP FOR EVERYBODY ELSE

By Lauren Schwartzberg for Vice Magazine

It’s easy to forget that before Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj... Before Missy Elliott, Eve, and Gangsta Boo... Even before Lil Kim defined a certain type of American icon, there were pioneer female MCs who fought to make hip-hop a safe space for women to express themselves through rhyme. 

This past August, those founding females of hip-hop and some of the most important women in the rap music biz descended upon Martha’s Vineyard for the second annual Summer Madness Music Festival & Conference. With a guest list that included everyone from Monie Love to MC Lyte, it made perfect sense that this year's festival bore a "Ladies First" theme. According to Sean Porter, one of the event’s co-founders, the event was a "celebration of all genres of black music" intended to "counterbalance all of that negative imagery surrounding African American women."

The time felt right. There's a lot to celebrate and discuss when talking about women, race, and hip-hop these days. In 2013, no black artists topped the Billboard 100 charts, while a white artist like Macklemore nabbed the Grammy for Best Rap Album....MORE ON VICE


 

FM SupremeMiranda Writes - Representing the next generation Zulu Nation....

By Aisha Graham

 SHEmovement got the opportunity to speak with the lovely Miranda Writes. At the youthful age of 19, she’s alreadyworking to break barriers. Miranda takes pride in writing all her own music and believes that although “you have the right to remain silent”, people should still speak their minds. Which inspired her stage name, that shall soon become a household name.  Inspired by life’s experiences, she also draws inspiration fromthe state of today’s music industry, which furthers her aspirations of being a positive role model for today’s youth.  Although, strongly influenced by hip hop, Miranda listens to all genres of music including alternative. Her favorite bands includeThe XX, Peter Bjorn and John, and Mike Snow.  However, hip hop holds a special place in Miranda’s heart. One day, she hopes to collaborate with artists such as Eminem, Rakim, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, and Jay Z.

At the age of 16, Miranda began doing covers of other artists’ songs, such as the Wu Tang Clan. The following year....MORE


 

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              Second middle 3 are Millie Jackson,MC Peaches, and Sparky D. dancer #2 
                   Bottom row are Sparky D. dancer #1, Roxanne Shante,M.C.Lyte, and                 Synquis of Finesse & Synquis 

 

 

                                                         

 

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SHE's Curator-In-Chief Sheads Light On The Current Intrest In Violence Against Women.

               By Monie Love

Truthfully, it appears the violent trend of assaulting women has woken up the world by way of mass marketing itself through varied genres. Through Sports, Music, TV, and Hollywood, this ongoing and perhaps hidden epidemic has required our undivided attention at this time! With that said, this young lady, who is nice on the Mic as a rapper, suffered a horrible assault and became another shameful notch in the violence against women trend. Clearly we can assess this is a bigger problem and not isolated to whichever area each case originates from.  This is a mindset that lives within many men that rears its ugly head at one time or another.

 

There are a variety of reasons that can be applied to why these 'Lash Outs' occur. I'm no Counselor, so I'm not going to attempt to analyze such behavior; but I can speak based on personal experience.  I've found that men whose mothers ok'd their mediocrity contributed to a later insecurity.  Developing once that man came face to face with women NOT so willing to ok their mediocrity and rather required greatness.  These types of men begin to feel inadequate when his significant other isn't petting him like his mother would; and in his anger and frustration feels that forcing respect is the angle to take.  A warped sense of superiority, but still insecure at the end of the day; and what a wonderful job the mom did to help create this dislodged mind set. 

 

We band together as women to remind our male counterparts not to be confused into a generalization that every woman wishes to be objectified.  A choice is made by every individual on how she wishes to be viewed; No matter the decision, she should never be mistaken as inferior! 
Come to terms with thine own true heart and own your triumphs and shortcomings in an effort to prevent pinning your insecurities on someone else's prowess.
 
Monie. 

 


 

 
 FM Supreme

SHE Sits Down With FM Supreme

By Aisha Graham

I finally got the chance to speak with the wonderful FMSupreme, a Chicago native who’s not only up and coming in the rap game, but also leaving a huge mark in the community.  As the middle child of 5 who were moved between the foster care system and her grandmother’s home, FM sought the attention of her me.  At the age of 10, FM got the opportunity to accompany her mother to Chicago Track and other big named Chicago studios.  Immediately she knew she wanted other who was a local talent manager in Chicago at the timto start rapping, thinking it would grab her mom’s attention and allow her to spend more time with her in the studios.  Once she expressed this to her mother, she suggested her rap name be Supreme Being.  Her mother explained there is only one true Supreme Being, but FM can be the Supreme Being of rap.  
The name stuck until FM was about 15, freestyling in the high school cafeteria.  She found herself using the name “Supreme FM” in her lines.  She didn’t quite know what the FM would stand for, but she wanted it to have an actual meaning, so that people wouldn’t immediately associate it with the radio....MORE

      

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JSass - Energy, Lyrics and Confidence....

By LaQueena

We recently caught up with yet another dope emcee by the name of JSass aka Jennifer Askew.  A few years back she caught my eye on a ThisIs50 segment. She has been featured on SHEradio in the past and you will definitely be hearing more. Here's the

scoop of her take on the status of females in Hip Hop today and much more!
 
LaQueena: When/how did you fall in love with Hip Hop?
 
JSass: I've been in love with Hip Hop since I was about 12 years old when I heard the remix to " I  Wanna Be Down " by Brandy, Queen Latifah, MCLyte , YoYo . After I heard that song, I knew I had to be a part of Rap! As a child, I always enjoyed music. I was just 3 yrs old telling my mom, "I wanna be an entertainer!" after seeing Micheal Jackson & Janet Jackson perform on television. 
 
LaQueen: How will you "move the crowd?" (what is your movement)
 
JSass: I would move the crowd with my energy....MORE
 

 


 

Val Jones

Caption: Val “Da Oracle” Jones..the original Hip Hop Junkie

SHE Interviews Val Jones - "Da Oracle"

By LaQueena

Griot, poet, broadcaster, writer, author, professional speaker, and theater performer, known by many worldwide as "Da Oracle," Val Jones is a natural at engaging a crowd and making an audience laugh and think.

 Val has a unique presence on stage and an alluring radio sound.  Satirical and lyrical, challenging and charming, she has performed with The Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Chip Shearin, Ray Codrington, Reggie Codrington and Kirby "PhunkPlayah" Hamilton as well as many others and has been entertaining crowds, emceeing and broadcasting for over 30 years. Val continues to set trends, break music, challenges mindsets, break stereotypes and broadcasts to the world with a style and voice all of her own. We got a change to sit down with her this week to catch up on how she continues to #MoveTheCrowd.  

 

LaQueena: How long have you been working in radio?

Val: I've been in radio broadcasting since 1984. I started out in rock radio, then moved on to Urban. It's amazing that even then, I was told that I wasn't "black enough" at times because I have always had a cross-over appeal. I can be Public Enemy and Gil Scott Heron all day....More

 


 

 
 


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