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03.28.05 11:59 AM

the real deal on women in/and hip-hip

last week, unable to attend the center for communication's "Images of Women in Hip Hop" - I looked to fellow feminist and hip-hop blogs for an account of the discussion, following are some highlights:

a little background on the discussion, leads us to funkdigi's comments on essence magazine's "Take Back The Music" campaign:

"On Essence Magazine's website you'll find a feature on video girls by Jeannine Amber. Again, some of Ms. Amber's most salient points include why a woman would want to risk being labeled a video hoe. According to Tawny, a video girl, the "hoochie girls"—the few that aggressively seek attention, often sexual, from artists—is not the norm in the biz. Most video girls aspire to the success of Melyssa Ford or Ester Baxter, video girls who have transcended, become today's mag pin-up girls and taken on a status of bonafied B-list celebrities in the hip-hop sphere. In reality most make as little as $100 a video, with the top ladies garnering upwards of $3000 per vid." >>>

julianne shepherd says that overall it was "two-and-a-half hours of unmitigated chaos," but reports that she dug a few basics from the mess, primarily

"1. The portrayal of women in hip-hop is a symptom of a larger problem, which includes a complex web of late-stage capitalism, media consolidation, and 600 years of American racism. [Karen Hunter: "You cant solve a problem unless you know where it starts."]" >>>

jeff gamble (funkdigi) posted on blogcritics:

"The event quickly became heated when rapper Remy Ma, 23, stated that as an artist, it was not her responsibility to rear other people's children. Remy went on to defend artists and how they present themselves to their fans and the general record buying public. Remy Ma's perspective seemingly centered around having credibility as an artist—a theme that would repeat itself throughout the discussion. "This is the way we (rappers) talk," said Remy." >>>

on media chin check, hashim posts he, jay, and funkdigi's reactions to the panel via a 3-way AIM convo, in which jay says:

"I think the event succeeded in dramatizing the need for us to explore these issues, but it failed to provide a safe space where we could actually start that exploration. It's a topic that sparks so much passion, that in order to have a constructive comversation about it, you need a solid structure set up to keep all that passion in check, so we can communicate effectively. And this event was just not moderated well enough for that to happen. So if anything, the biggest lesson tonight mght be that we all need to improve our communication skills, to be able to come together and have meaningful dialogue on the though things that really matter. Because let's be honest, that panel was a mess!" >>>

well here's to hoping that the feminism and hip-hop conference in chicago april 7 - april 9 fulfills its mission

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