Follow hip hop media and you will see the absence of women. It looks like a men’s club– and it’s not. This issue has everything to do with Hip Hop Feminism. What is Hip Hop Feminism? It’s me, it’s you, it’s equality it’s not well developed yet but we’re taking it there. I was first introduced to this concept in grad school while researching for my thesis. Coined by Joan Morgan in March 1999, we build off of this legacy. Let’s take it to a new level! “The Jukeboxx Movement: Hip Hop Feminism,” is a movement which aims to refocus Hip Hop Culture back to its original mission created by the Universal Zulu Nation- “Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.” Currently, the most concentrated form of disrespect within hip hop is of women.
The Jukeboxx Movement is committed to spreading awareness while eradicating misogyny, sexism and gender discrimination in the art form.
1. Create a safe space/cipher(from already existing spaces) for all, especially for women and girls
2. Move to stop the exaltation of rappers based ONLY on skill. For example, Biggie is considered to be a great, though he glorified rape and violence against women and girls in his music
3. Stop the oppression of women in our art form!!
I started this movement with my the release of THE ASSAULT MIXTAPE – A story of my life as a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. This is an ode to survivors around the world. Join me would you? I would love to see you in the movement. After all, it is for all of our freedom.
Other Groups and Communities Women in Hip Hop Dance The Jukeboxx Movement: Dancer 2Gz: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls – USA and India The Power of Hip Hop : Southeast Hip Hop Community Team India Hip Hop Exchange
A Few Readings “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist” by Joan Morgan, “Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology” Editors Gwendolyn D. Pough, Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham and Rachel Raimist