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05.10.05 10:38 PM

B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women In Hip-hop

From April 22 to June 11, 2005 a Women in Hip-Hop summit will take place in the Twin Cities to celebrate women’s accomplishments in all elements of hip-hop.

The event includes an art exhibit, workshops and dialogues, and a summit.

Check the b-girl be website for more info.

Here's a schedule of some of the events:

June 2

6:00 to 9:30 PM
The opening features artwork, black books, open mic, fashion, food and spoken word poetry. Also check out an all-female open mic in partnership with Minnesota Spoken Word Association (MNSWA). This is a featured event for Minneapolis MOSAIC.

6:00 to 7:00 PM
Shorty, Who You Rollin Wit?: Of B-Girls and A Hip-Hop Feminist Agenda
Featuring Gwendolyn D. Pough, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Writing, and Rhetoric at Syracuse University.

June 3

NOON to 9:00 PM
For the first time ever in the Midwest, the Intermedia Arts building will be painted by an all-female crew. ZORI4 (Puerto Rico) will lead this collaboration of five female graffiti artists from across the United States. Guest artists ASIA ONE (Los Angeles), LADY PINK (New York), PHEM9 (Kansas City), SILOETTE (Phoenix), and TOO FLY (New York City) will paint with local women throughout the three days of the summit.

NOON to 1:30 PM
PANEL: Women in Hip-Hop Scholarship
Featuring Joyce Bell (Sociology, University of Minnesota), Aisha Durham (Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Kim Euell (MacArthur Fellow, University of Minnesota and Dramaturge at Penumbra Theatre), Dr. Gwendolyn Pough (Syracuse University), Juliana Pegues (former University of Minnesota C.A.F.S. Scholar) and Melisa Riviere (Anthropology/Global Studies, University of Minnesota).

1:45 to 3:15 PM
PANEL: Hip-Hop Activism
Featuring Kuttin Kandi (DJ/Poet/Writer/Activist), Mattie Weiss (League of Pissed Off Voters/Co-editor How to Get StupidWhiteMen Out of Office) and more.

3:30 to 5:00 PM
PANEL: Righting Lessons: Women in the Media
Featuring Asia One (Dancer/choreographer of music videos and feature films), Miranda Jane (former editor of The Source magazine) and Kandis Knight (columnist for The Pulse), K.E. Maori Holmes (Temple University and University of Pennsylvania).

7:00 PM
$7 ($4 for Intermedia Arts members and youth under 17)
Moving images on the big screen fuse with spoken word performances onstage in this interdisciplinary program. Words! Camera! Action! is presented in partnership with SASE The Write Place.

Nobody Knows My Name By Rachel Raimist
distributed by Women Make Movies
Nobody Knows My Name tells the story of women who are connected by their love of hip-hop. Performances by local spoken word artist Desdamona, dancer-choreographer Leah Nelson, and students from The St. Paul Central High School Theater Group will respond to the film.

June 4

NOON to 9:00 PM

NOON to 3:00 PM
B-GIRL: Asia One (Los Angeles)
DJ: DJ Kuttin Kandi (New York City)
GRAF: ZORI4 (Puerto Rico), Melisa Rivičre (Minneapolis) and guests

3:00 to 5:00 PM
A variety of shorts, documentaries and feature films about women rappers, female DJs and women in hip-hop.

USA PREMIERE: "rock it" (Video, 3 min, Germany, 2005)
Production: Jeannette Petri
"rock it" is a short movie about bgirlism, girls breakin`and breathin`! Featuring bgirls from the crews: Outbreak (UK), Dismissed (Switzerland), Da women touch (France), Female Artistics (Austria), Dirty Mamas (Germany) and Floor Visions (Spain).

PREMIERE: "Mixtress X: Hip-Hop's Unsung Heroine" (Video, 60 min, USA, 2005)
Producer/Director: Dante Kaba
Editor: Mario T. Lathan
Since the inception of hip-hop, female DJs have been vital to the development of the international music scene. Mistress X documents this untold story. Features DJ Kuttin Kandi, Cocoa Chanel, DJ Shorty, DJ Jazzy Joyce, and many more.

PREMIERE: "Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip Hop" (Video, 30 min, USA, 2005)
Producer/Director: Maori Holmes
Scene Not Heard features interviews with some of the originators and foremothers of Philly hip-hop such as Lady B and Ursula Rucker, and presents current talents such as the Jazzyphatnastees and Miss Jade, and emerging talents such as Lady Alma, Walidah Imarishah and the dancers of Montäzh, as well as scholars, critics and local promoters.

7:00 PM
Rain or Shine
An all female crew featuring dance, DJs, rap and spoken word skills backed by the dopest beats. This cipher will leave you in awe of the amazing talents represented by local, national and international flava! Performances by B-Girl Asia One, B-Girl Shorty, B-Girl Beta, DJ Kuttin Kandi, MC Psalm One and all the hottest female Twin Cities MCs, poets, b-girls, and DJs represented.

10:00 PM
21+ age restricted
Co-produced by

June 5

NOON to 5:00 PM
B-Girl BBQ
Food, music, open mic, conversation and relaxation. Rain or shine at Intermedia Arts.

1:00 to 3:00 PM
A variety of shorts, documentaries and feature films about women rappers, female DJs and women in hip-hop.

MIDWEST PREMIERE: "Soundz of Spirit" (video, 60 min, USA, 2003)
Director/Producer: Joslyn Rose Lyons
This award-winning documentary explores the relationship between the creative process and spirituality in hip-hop culture. It features powerful performances and in-depth interviews with KRS-1, Andre 3000 of Outkast, Common, Cee-Lo, Talib Kweli, Mystic, Medusa, Dilated Peoples, Zion I, Aceyalone, DJ Q-bert, Living Legends, Saul Williams, Michael Franti and more.

B-Girl: The Movie
Director: Emily Dell
Angel (Jules Urich) is a b-girl struggling in the six-step, a fundamental move. Her coach, Carlos (Ogie Banks III) and her all-male crew doubt her skill and with a huge competition coming up, Angel has to prove her place among them.

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