To me, hip hop feminism means giving a voice to the voiceless- women. This can be done through art, poetry, rap, music, dance, etc. It also is done so in a way that does not objectify women or turn them into a commodity. Something that stood out to me in the Whitney Peoples reading was the quote, "blacks served as commodities- objects purchased, controlled, and sold by others" (23). This quote grabbed my attention because colored women are turned into commodities in the hip hop realm without people even realizing it. Of course there is the issue of appropriation as well. People try to steal the culture without any appreciation/acknowledgement of where the culture originated from. Hip hop feminism challenges appropriation and commodification in order for women of color to be seen as intelligent and successful as the white male. However, people of all races and genders may participate in this movement for equality.
Last year I went to a Voices Merging open mic night for the first time. For those of you who don't know what this is, it's an on campus group in which people share their talents (usually dancing, singing, and most popularly, poetry). This is done to promote "Urban rights." The dominant genre for Voices Merging is slam poetry, a form of poetry that sounds something like rap. I've attached a video of Voices Merging so you may enjoy the talent too! Anyone is invited to open mic nights, which are help on campus every Monday. Go to http://voicesmerging.webs.com for more information.