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SHEmovement is a GLOBAL celebration of ALL WOMENS contributions to Hip Hop Culture & Music,providing a portal for all things progressive inspirational and EMPOWERING. The worldwide Hip Hop interconnection of SISTERHOOD is SHEmovement!
By Chrysta Monique - Content Curator
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
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
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.
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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
Caption: Val “Da Oracle” Jones..the original Hip Hop Junkie
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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