SisHer In Hip Hop Martha Diaz

Its tough being apart of a Male Dominated movement were you have to compete vocally towards another female Emcee by trashing and dragging her through the mud. Battling is the part of Hip Hop Culture however female Emcees are encourage to attack then to display their lyrical skills.

Females in Hip Hop represent more then music they represent a movement of Emcees, Dancers, Graffiti Writers, Dj’s, Educators, Activist, Philosopher, Professors, Psychologist, Therapist, and more.

Today we Celebrate our Hip Hop SisHer, Our Queen: Martha Diaz

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Martha Diaz is the founder of the Hip-Hop Education Center. She’s an award winning community organizer, social entrepreneur, media producer, archivist, curator, and professor at New York University. For two decades, Diaz has traversed between the hip-hop entertainment industry, non-profit sector and academia. She has worked on Hollywood productions and produced TV shows, documentaries, music videos, and PSA’s. Diaz served as the executive director of the Hip-Hop Association, where she produced and curated the Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festival and Hip-Hop Education Summit.

In 2010, Diaz founded the Hip-Hop Education Center, housed at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, to cultivate and professionalize the field of hip-hop-based education. She is co-editor of the Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. I (Hip-Hop Association, 2007) and Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip Hop and Punk (Information Age Publishing, 2015). Among her fellowships and residencies, Diaz served as resident of NJ Performing Arts Center’s Alternate Routes Program, Fellow at NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship, Senior Fellow at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation – National Museum of American History, and Hip-Hop Scholar at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – NY Public Library. In 2014, Diaz was appointed as Columbia University Community Scholar, where she collaborates with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and the Center for Justice. Her most recent media project is the award winning NAS: Time Is Illmatic documentary. Diaz is a Cabinet Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a citizen-led, policy-oriented leadership group.

 

SisHer in Hip Hop Toni Blackman

Its tough being apart of a Male Dominated movement were you have to compete vocally towards another female Emcee by trashing and dragging her through the mud. Battling is the part of Hip Hop Culture however female Emcees are encourage to attack then to display their lyrical skills.

Females in Hip Hop represent more then music they represent a movement of Emcees, Dancers, Graffiti Writers, Dj’s, Educators, Activist, Philosopher, Professors, Psychologist, Therapist, and more.

Today we Celebrate our Hip Hop SisHer, Our Queen:

Toni Blackman (Hip Hop Educator and Historian)
Please read her Bio.

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Photo:By Keith Rogers

Toni Blackman is a poet, rap lyricist and actress. She was the first Hip Hop artist selected to work as a Cultural Ambassador traveling with the US Department of State. Toni has traveled throughout Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia, often working in some of the world’s most war-torn nation states to help bring reconciliation and rehabilitation to those regions. Affectionately known as America’s Hip Hop Ambassador, Blackman has visited 22 different countries and worked in others via digital satellite.

Highly respected as the founder of Freestyle Union, a cipher workshop that uses freestyling as a tool to encourage social responsibility, Lyrical Embassy, a project which she runs, serves as the umbrella for Freestyle Union and for Rhyme Like A Girl – an initiative for girls and women. A former Echoing Green Fellow and Soros Fellow, her work promotes diplomacy and self-expression through the use of cutting-edge personal development technique.

Recognized as a pioneer in Hip Hop theater and education, this award-winning artist has shared the stage with everyone from Erykah Badu, the Roots, Wu Tang, Sonia Sanchez, Sara McLachlan and Rickie Lee Jones. Her book Inner-Course (Villard/Random House), which was released in 2003, appears in the award-winning anthology Live Through This (Seven Stories Press, 2008), her memoir, “Travels of a Lyrical Ambassador”, will be released on The Feminist Press late 2010 and she is a contributor to Jay Z: The Artist, The Man, The Visionary. In 2009 she was featured in VH1’s Future of Black History ad campaign, in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and was presented by 651 Arts. Toni’s recent travel included Italy, France and Azerbaijan (Baku) where she spoke at the Pio Manzu International Conference, which was held last October 24 and which featured Mikhail Gorbachev as one of the prime organizers – an event during which she has had the serendipity to befriend a woman from the UN who also introduced her to a couple from Baku. Out of that cultural exchange came up an opportunity for her to go to Baku and worked there on a project which involved performing and developing awareness of Hip Hop at an international level. Additionally, she is producing a Rhyme Like A Girl project with teen girls from Liberia, Sudan, Somalia and the U.S. during her artist residency with Jefferson Arts Center in Virginia, and also completing related projects for the Travels of a Lyrical Ambassador brand.

Website http://www.toniblackman.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ToniBlackman4/

Chance the Rapper Donates $1million Dollars

Hip Hop is more than Music, it’s a movement!!!

Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native has donated $1 Million Dollars from his ticket Sales to the Chicago Public school Foundation “for arts and enrichment” programming on Monday March 6,2017. The Emcee is asking others to join the fight “Take Care of Chicago Kids”.

Respect to Chance the Rapper, The 5th Element of Hip Hop Culture.

 

Video from ABC News

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MC Lyte

Its tough being apart of a Male Dominated movement were you have to compete vocally towards another female Emcee by trashing and dragging her through the mud. Battling is the part of Hip Hop Culture however female Emcees are encourage to attack then to display their lyrical skills.

Females in Hip Hop represent more then music they represent a movement of Emcees, Dancers, Graffiti Writers, Dj’s, Educators, Activist, Philosopher, Professors, Psychologist, Therapist, and more.

Today we Celebrate our Hip Hop SisHer, Our Queen: Roxanne Shante

Hip Hop Legend and Icon:Mc Lyte

Hip Hop Debate (Harrisburg PA)

COMING 2017

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The question is who’s right or wrong? Everyone opinion matters but the question is who have the actual facts?

Hip Hop Debate Part 1 will feature a panelist of Young and Older Hip Hop Artist of all elements who have different views on the state of Hip Hop and the language of todays Artist.

*Hip Hop Debate part 1 Topics:

  • Is Nigga-ology the cause of Violence or Rap Lyrics?
  • Who’s your Boss?
  • Is Mumbling Rap acceptable or UnAcceptable?
  • Masculinity in Hip Hop.

 

The 90’s Comeback

 

His style is vintage 1980’s/1990’s hip hop. He decided to bring this style back because he believes that the style was more created than it was bought. Jalen believes that a style should be more “created” and not “bought” meaning that anybody can buy something and just wear it but it’s not their own style, but if you buy a jacket and customize it to fit your personal taste then it becomes an original style. He also believes that the vintage hip hop look best represents being free and rebellious. The style mostly reflects the around-the-way homeboy who don’t like to spend so much money for one outfit but keep it cheap and simple and lastly, it’s Black fashion. The high top is an homage to all the hip hop legends who rocked it before and it represents embracing your own hair, no matter what it looks like.

Jalen “Jay-Doggz” Hemphill is a 22 year old aspiring singer/songwriter, dancer, DJ, actor, hip hop enthusiast and blogger from the South Bronx. His love for music and entertaining started when he was 2 but he didn’t decide to take it seriously until he was 14. He is currently a student at Hostos Community College working towards his associates degree in Liberal Arts and after graduating, he will be working towards his dreams of becoming a professional entertainer.