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09.24.04 11:27 PM

call for submissions for hip-hop writers


My name is Mazi Mutafa, Executive Director of WBL Inc., a hip-hop non profit in
the District of Columbia, USA. I am writing to spread the word about our
academic journal of hip-hop culture. I am sending you this e-mail with the
hope that you will do one if not all of the following:

1) Please forward the attached call for submissions to any e-mail lists you have
access to

2) Create a link on your site to ours ( or

3) Submit any work that you have which you want to showcase in our journal

Hope to hear from you soon about which if any of these things you can do.

Mazi Mutafa

Call for Submissions

The WB&L Hip-Hop Journal is currently requesting the submission of content for
Volume 2 Issue 1-4. The forms which that content can take are as follows:
Submission Forms

Scholarly Submissions
• Research Papers
• Scholarly Reviews of albums, films, or shows
• Interviews

Multi Media
• Visual art
• Photography
• Music
• Beats
• Spoken word

Creative Writing
• Essays
• Poems
• Short stories
• Editorials

Youth Submissions
• “What’s the Vocab?” (Regional slang terms: include definition and use),
In an effort to make the WB&L Journal more accessible to youth of all ages,
volume two has a new section called “What’s the Vocab”. This is a section of
the journal that will allow youth of all ages the opportunity to be published.
Words should also include the definition, be used in a sentence and indicate
region in which it is used.
• High school Senior essay submission
In an effort to reduce debt for college freshman, the WB&L Journal has partnered
with Phi Beat Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Sigma Sigma Chapter to create two
$500 book scholarships for high school seniors who have been accepted to
college. The recipients of the scholarship will be determined via an essay
competition. Details of the competition will be made available in January
2005. Any questions can be directed to the staff of the WB&L Journal at

Process of Submitting

All submissions are accepted on a continuous basis and need not be limited to
the themes outlined below. All submissions designated as scholarly, require an
abstract of 150 words or less and upto 5 key words. All scholarly submissions
should also follow the Associated Press (AP) style guide. Please send all
submissions to:
In the case of Compact Disks
WB&L Journal 1327 R St NW Suite 23 Washington DC 20001

All submissions should use the following format parameters as a guide and should
be submitted as an attachment in 12 point font, Times New Roman font. The
authors inability to submit work to be considered that reflects these
parameters will affect who is chosen for publication in print and or

Submission Formats

WB& L Journal
Submission Type Format
Original Scholarship 3,000 Words
Lyrics 150-300 words
Poems 150-300 words
Art Work PDF, GIF, TIF or JPEG
Media Reviews 2,000 words (e.g. albums, films, etc)
Interviews 1,500 words
Beats or 15 seconds
Songs 8 min max
Slang terms 10-15 word definition and 100 words history of word or explanation
of use
High School Senior Essay Scholarship 1000 words

Due Dates for Publication or Uploading Submissions
*These submissions are accepted on a year round basis and are due at the
specified date below. Submissions need not be limited to these topics. Each
submission will be reviewed and selected based upon the merit and quality of
the submission.

Schedule of Topics and Due Dates:

The following are the themes of the WB&L Journal in Volume 2 Issue 1-4, as
determined by the editorial staff:

April Volume 2 issue 1
WB&L Journal:

1. Topic: The Golden age of Rap Music: 1986-1995
Call for submission: 1/12/05
Submission due: 2/23/05

Rap music has gone through many stages of growth. Many hip-hopers and Rappers alike point to the late 80’s and early 90’s as the golden age of Rap Music. It is during this period that artists like KRS-One, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and N.W.A. captured the national imagination with this new form of music called Rap. Inan effort to celebrate, critique and understand the contributions of artists
during this era, submissions are being requested to archive the story of this
era in Raps development.

Volume 2:1 “Express Yourself Mix Tape”
Submission due: 2/23/05
Songs, beats, and Public Service Announcements are being requested for the
Express yourself Mix tape

July Volume 2 issue 2
WB&L Journal

2. Topic: Kung Fu and Capoera: The Early Influences of Hip-hop dance and the B-Boy/B-Girl
Call for submission: 3/31/05
Submission due: 5/20/05

Early b-boys like the rest of the hip-hop community found themselves looking for
inspiration in multiple forms and mediums. One of the earliest influences of
the first hip-hop dancers was Kung Fu films, Capoera and Disco. In many ways
the early b-boys reflected and resisted these cultural phenomena. This issue
is focused on understanding all of the elements of b-boy culture, from dress,
to dace, to world view. The b-boy is not an anomaly in hip-hop, but rather a
physical representation of the rebellious and eclectic nature of the culture.

October Volume 2 issue 3
WB&L Journal

3. Topic: Spinning the Wheels of Steel: DJ’s Fading and Mixing Planets into
Call for submission: 6/9/05
Submission due: 8/6/05

In contemporary hip-hop, the DJ in some instances is as prominent as the MC.
>From the mix tapes, to the battles, it is the DJ who decided what gets heard.
It is the DJ that creates one continues vibe that guides the listeners into
becoming active participants in the culture of hip-hop. She makes the part
hot, or the mix tape popular. She is the true director of the hip-hop
orchestra. This has been the case form the very beginning of hip-hops
emergence in the late 70’s. Submissions should reflect the history, relevance
and innovations of the DJ over the pat 40 years or so. The submissions need
not be confined to hip-hop DJ’s but can include DJ’s from through out the
Diaspora. They can also represent different musical traditions along with
technical papers about the affect of innovations in equipment upon the ability
of a DJ to move a crowd.
Volume 2:2 “Express Yourself Mix Tape”

January Volume 2 issue 4
WB&L Journal
4. Topic: City Full of Walls: Graffiti and Mural in Urban Landscapes
(Visual Art Issue)
Call for submission: 9/13/05
Submission due: 11/20/05

written in big block silver letters
traveling from burrow to burrow
with the writing on the wall for all to see
but hard to read cause it aint for everybody
coded language has always been part of our history
truths carved out by modern day poets, outlaws and artists
who had dreams of justice but wrote what they seen
it’s a crime that city streets are filled
with obscene wealth and destitute poverty simultaneously

This issue is a visual issue featuring graffiti crews, visual artists and
photographers from around the world. Submissions about the history of
graffiti, murals and styles will also be accepted. Submissions related to best
practices for creating murals in communities will also be solicited
submissions. If you live in a city with phenomenal murals, tags, train cars
and throw ups or are and individual artists, photographer of hip-hop culture,
part of an organization or crew this issue is for you.

“Express Yourself Mix Tape”
Submission due: 11/20/05
Songs, beats, and Public Service Announcements are being requested for the
Express yourself Mix tape

Review and Selection Process
All submissions will be reviewed by WB&L Journal Staff and Editors from
throughout the United States. If an article is selected for publication in the
print version of the WB&L journal but requires minimal editing, it will be done
by the WB&L copy editors. Details about the editing process will be sent along
with constructive feed back from the editors for resubmission that require more
Publishing Dates

Uploading of E-WB&L Journal:
• April 1st
• July 1st
• October 1st
• January 1st

Submission Checklist:
Any submission which does not meet the parameters outlined below will be
immediately returned to the author. This form in in entirety must acomany any
submission inorder to be considered fro publication. Please Copy and paste
this document and make it the first page of your submission(s).
My name is _________________________
And today’s date is ___________________
The name of my submission is ______________
I live in ______________ (city) ______ (State)
I attend(ed) _______________________ University
I am pursuing/ received a degree in ________________________
I learned about your journal from
E-mail List Which one? ________________
A friend
Web search
Professor Which one? ________________
Direct mailing for WBL
Someone published by the journal Who? ________________
Member of Journal editorial board Who? ________________
PSA On which Radio Station? ________________

(Please check one)
Original Scholarship 3,000 Words (Actual word count
Lyrics 150-300 words (Actual word count
Poems 150-300 words (Actual word count
Work PDF, GIF, TIF or JPEG (300DPI)

(Actual word count __________)
Media Reviews 2,000 words (Actual word count
Interviews 1,500 words (Actual word count
Beats 15 seconds (Actual word count
Songs 8 min max (Actual word count
Slang terms 10-15 word definition and 100 words
history of word and use
(Actual word count __________)
High School Essay 1000 words (Actual word count __________)

My submission fits in with the _______________________ themed issue
My submission does not fit into any of the themes but is about

My scholarly submission includes an abstract of 150 words or less and up
to 5 key words.

My scholarly submissions follows the Associated Press (AP) style guide.

My submission is an attachment in 12 point font, Times New Roman font.

I understand that by submitting this e-mail I give WBL the authority to
publish my work.

My submission does not meet the work count parameters, but I want it to
be considered fro the online publication

Please send all submissions to:
In the case of Compact Disks
WB&L Journal 1327 R St NW Suite 23 Washington DC 20001

Words, Beats & Life Mission Statement

"Words Beats and Life seeks to promote a sense of community in the D.C.
Metropolitan area by using Hip-Hop to cultivate opportunities for scholarly
and artistic expression."

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