The Universal Hip Hop Museum is passing the mic to the women repping the culture with a powerful new campaign. The Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women’s Initiative (FBSD), led by the Hip Hop Education Center as the museum announces the kick-off of the plan as part of year-round programming leading up to the 15th anniversary of the Year of the Hip Hop Woman.
Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women (FBSD) began as a Hip Hop feminist intervention project for women of all ages to empower, cultivate, and inspire. The project builds upon the foundation laid by the Womanhood Learning Project launched in 2007 at New York University by the Hip Hop Association and a collective of women who joined forces to tell their story of Hip Hop as they know it. “In this new era of Hip Hop, women are once again changing the game by building new pathways that empower and cultivate new talent. I’m elated and applaud the museum’s embrace of our women’s movement by providing a platform to amplify our achievements and preserve our legacy,” Martha Diaz, Founding Director, Hip Hop Education Center and Chair of Archives, Education & Curatorial Affairs, Universal Hip Hop Museum. Rocky Bucano, Executive Director, Universal Hip Hop Museum, echoed the sentiment adding, “The significant contributions of women in Hip Hop are often overlooked. It’s past time to elevate our queens and celebrate their impact on Hip Hop culture.”
Each week in March, the FBSD initiative will host virtual panel discussions, weekly playlists curated by EMMA LEE, and a trivial social media campaign. Partners of the FBSD Initiative include the Ladies of Hip Hop, theKeepers Project, We Found Hip Hop, Berklee College of Music, Gender Amplified, and Rock The Bells. Here are some of the discussion topics and participants.
Weekly Virtual Panel Discussions (7 pm – 8 pm EST)
March 11 | Herstory Beyond Music – Meet the Women Advisors of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Music industry icon and Chairwoman, Trustee Board, Universal Hip Hop Museum, Nana Ashurst leads a frank discussion about the culture of women in Hip Hop.
Moderator: Tina Marie Tyler (Tina On Tech Entertainment).
Panelists: Thembisa Mshaka (Author, BET Networks), Mandy Aragones (Slick Rick Entertainment), Dedra Tate (Flavor Unit, Motown), and Nana Ashhurst (UHHM Chairwoman, Def Jam).
March 17 | Where My Ladies At? Why don’t you know about the contributions of Women in Hip Hop in the media?
Moderator: Fiona Bloom (The Bloom Effect)
Panelists: Piper Carter (We Found Foundation), Clover Hope (The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip Hop), Kathy Landoli (God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop), and Evie Blanco (Respect Magazine).
March 24 | Who’s That Girl? Is it enough to avoid erasure and omission by forming archives and collections? What kind of educational initiatives must we develop to the healthy nurturing of safe spaces for girls moving into womanhood as well as exposing girls to womxn’s contributions?
Moderator: Martha Diaz (Hip Hop Education Center)
Panelists: Akua Naru (theKeepers), Syreeta Gates (The Gates Preserve), Rokafella (All The Ladies Say / Full Circle Souljahs), and Ebonie Smith (Gender Amplified)
March 31 | Fresh, Bold, and So Def: Illuminating Women in Hip Hop hosted by the Berklee College of Music. Join our panelists of premiere practitioners and scholars of hip hop as they discuss the erasure of women in the study and consumption of hip hop and, most importantly, how to change the game moving forward.
Moderator: Queen D Scott (Assistant Chair of Ensembles, Berklee School of Music)
Panelists: Michele Byrd-McPhee (Ladies of Hip Hop), Kashema Hutchinson (Hip Hop Education Center), Enongo A. Lumumba-Kasongo, Ph.D. (theKeepers, Rapper, Producer, Professor), and Yvette Hidalgo (Curator, Arts Manager)
Every Sunday (12-1 pm PST / 3 pm EST) in March
Hosted by Hanifah Walidah
- March 7 – FBSD Initiative Launch – All women welcomed
- March 14 – Co-Moderator: Kyra Gaunt – Surviving Sexism & Sexual Assault in Hip Hop
- March 21 – Co-Moderator: Chaseedaw Giles – Colorism, a structural problem that leads to issues with self-esteem, lack of opportunities, and discrimination.
- March 28 – Co-Moderator: Enongo A. Lumumba-Kasongo – Mental health in the time of COVID
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