Rhythm, Rhyme and Representation

 Hey Bay Area Hiphop, this event is going on now!  Don't miss it.    


 

Rhythm, Rhyme and Representation: A Community Discussion on Hip-Hop &
Gender: April 2nd and 3rd 2007 at the University of California-Berkeley.
The UC-Berkeley Hip-Hop Studies Working Group presents:  "Rhythm,
Rhyme and Representation: A Community Discussion on Hip-Hop & Gender"
April 2nd and April 3rd, 2007  at the University of California, Berkeley.
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On April 2nd, from 6-8pm at the Pacific Film Archive Theater (2575 Bancroft

Way), we will present a screening of Byron Hurt's acclaimed documentary

film, "Beyond Beats and Rhymes."  Hurt's documentary, which was an official

selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, examines representations of

gender roles in Hip-Hop and rap music and tackles issues of masculinity,

misogyny, violence and homophobia within the culture.  A panel discussion

will follow the screening featuring Erinn Ransom (Hip-Hop Studies Working

Group) Aya De Leon (Spoken Word Artist, director of Poetry For the People)

and Juba Kalamaka (Deep Dickollective, founder of Sugartruck Recordings).

On April 3rd, from 6-8pm, at Pauley Ballroom (East) in the MLK Student

Union Center (Intersection of Telegraph Ave. & Bancroft Way), we will host,

"Does Hip-Hop Hate Women?" A Panel  Discussion.  The goals this townhall

style meeting conducted by  leading hip-hop intellectuals and activists is

to help youth and the greater community think through the range of issues

associated with gender & Hip-Hop, place on the table the tensions and

animosities between young men and women that some hip-hop music exacerbates,
and finally, present the community with viable strategies to implement in
their personal lives and organizations.   This panel features Bakari
Kitwana (co-founder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention and the
author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and theCrisis in African American  Culture), Joan Morgan (author of the

groundbreaking When  Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop

Feminist),  Mark  Anthony Neal (author of  four books including New

Blackman), Yo-yo (A Grammy nominated  recording artist and actress), Davey

D (Hip-Hop Historian, Journalist and founder of Breakdown FM) and is hosted

by Erinn Ransom (Hip-Hop Studies Working Group).  This panel is also

scheduled to speak at Spelman College, Vanderbilt University, UCLA,

University of Chicago and other prominent universities and colleges
this Spring.

Both of these events are free and open to the public and each venue is
wheelchair accessible.

Co-sponsored by The Townsend Center for the Humanities, KQED Community

Engagement, The Center for Race and Gender, the Consortium for the Arts,

the Beatrice Bain Research Group and the Gender and Women's Studies

Department.

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