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Stage 3: Women in Hip Hop Reflection


Our group decided to make a tumblr as our means of social media for Women in Hip Hop. Tumblr is a blogging website that is a bit different from others (e.g. wordpress or blogspot). It encourages interaction between blogs through following other blogs, reblogging posts, sending asks, and submitting content to other blogs. It has all of the benefit of the accessibility of other blog sites but with the addition of more interaction than just comments. However, tumblr does have some drawbacks as a platform. It is a relatively young website that often has server crashes and periods of inaccessibility, as well as some features that don't necessarily work all of the time. Also, because of the nature of the site as primarily a photoblogging website, it is not necessarily the place for wordy, in-depth analyses of things, as many people will skip over long text when it shows up on their dashboard. However, if you can pare your blog content down to a consumable length, it can really be a great way to engage people.
Social media is a very important and popular avenue for spreading information. People can not only learn but also engage with topics and other scholars on topics when they explore blogs, websites, tumblrs, etc. We plan on following other blogs and re-blogging information so that there can be one cohesive space where people can explore women in hip hop. We can also post the link to our facebook/twitter/myspace pages to attract more attention. Hip hop is such a popular aspect of pop culture today that by using tags relating to it, more people will stumble upon the page and information will get to more people. Spreading information on the web takes effort because people have to weed out all of the information that comes at them when they type one word into google or other search bars, but using social media is vital for feminism (any issue/movement for that matter).
Our tumblr can be found here. We have a lot of posts up so far, and more in tumblr's queue feature, which updates automatically, so there's even more content to come!

Stage 2: Women in Hip Hop Source Analysis


Assessing resources - Sex, Politics and Hip Hop
by Amy Peterson
is going to be a great one for us because it has so many diverse opinions,
links, conversations, and readings. It is very relevant since it is being
updated currently and is exactly pin-pointed to the topic. The
"trustworthiness" of it depends on what information you take. If you
look at the readings you can be sure that they are from feminist sources
but if you look at the blogs you must realize that they are reactions to
the material and may include the bloggers opinion.
Accessiblity really depends on what you mean by it if you are talking
physically accessible then this is accessible to most people since it is
easily searchable in Google. The only real barrier being if you do not own
a computer and/or are not familiar with blogs. I can see how the lay-out of
something like this can be confusing to someone who is not familiar with
it. Another issue would be the terminology used in some of the postings. If
you are not a gender studies major or have no background in suck it may be
difficult to understand the analysis being done on the information.

Prof Isoke's statement that: "This is the place to blog about all
things hip hop: women and hip hop, gender and hip hop, politics and hip
hop, hip hop and social justice, hip hop homos, hip hop moms, ... the list
goes on. Be heard!" is helpful in making the reader understand that this
is a safe place to express yourself regarding these subjects.

*Gender Across Borders (GAB)*
by Katelynn Monson
Gender Across Boarders is a blog created to grapple with Feminist issues
using the resources of a global Feminist community. Any individual can
connect with GAB through their blog, Facebook page, or twitter account; they
even provide an email list for those individuals that prefer to be
individually reached. Gender Across Boarders is an open blog willing to
accept new writers from all over the world (with little, some, or a lot of
previous blogging experience) leaving their blog open to Feminists
everywhere with a variety of opinions on numerous issues within Feminism
(gender, race, sexuality, patriarchy). Many issues are organized into
series making them more accessible for readers interested in a specific
aspect of Feminism. Since GAB encourages a variety of writers to submit
their work, they admit that they are not an academic journal, and while they
will post academic pieces, they will not be exclusive to that. They say
this is because GAB is organized to be easily accessible for every kind of
reader, and must include a plethora of styles so anyone can find something
to read, engage with, and enjoy. Primarily GAB is an English language blog,
but they do accept articles written in any other language (as long as they
are accompanied by a good English translation to be read and edited before
okayed for publishing). The information GAB provides, although not always
being "academic" is highly eclectic and affective towards to the goal of a
Feminist aware world. It is open to anyone and is a site for everybody to
read, while also requiring source material and fostering researched
opinions, not merely un-objective points of view that encourage discussion
and dissection.

On issues of accessibility all mediums that require computers have a barrier
to the poor, who are ironically often focused on in Feminist debates
concerning equality. They lack the resources many times to afford
computers, smart phones, or electronic readers leaving Feminism at a
disadvantage using social media when raising awareness in these populations.
People living too far outside of the city limits may live in "dead spots"
where internet or cell phone service may not be available. Certain
communities don't believe in technology or the modern world like the Amish,
and many others are still wary of the use of computer technology because of
privacy issues. In addition, elderly populations who haven't grown up with
computer technology may want to engage with these debates but not know how
to operate computers or navigate the internet, and they may have no idea how
to find classes or people to help them.

Queen Latifah "Ladies First"
by Sara Huebschen
The information presented in this song is very relevant because it is a first hand example of women in hip hop, specifically as artists (in contrast to being subjects of the music, rather than the creators). It is trustworthy because it is not an opinion or an article, but an actual example of the topic, and it presents very valuable information because of that very reason. It is a source that can be examined and discussed in itself.

This video is found on Youtube, which is a very popular site and well known and accessible among internet users. However, it is a site where you primarily have to search for something specific to access information or be watching something similar for it to show up as a recommendation. This limits the people who would likely be viewing it not only to people with the class privilege to be accessing the internet on a system that can watch videos and on Youtube, but also people who are specifically seeking it out or music that is similar to it.
Additionally, there is the fact that it is only accessible (and understandable) to English-speaking people, as a translating program would not work since there is no transcript provided for the song and it is in video form.

Prepare Yourself
by Ashley Probst
1.This source, I feel, is quite relevant. It highlights music that is popularized right now and talks about issues that are facing hip artists of today, as well as a few decades ago. They also feature music from many female hip hop artists.
2.The blog/archive is created by Marcyliena Morgan, who is a professor in the department of African and African American Studies at Harvard. The archive recognizes how influential hip hop has been and still is among youth and young adults. "The Hiphop Archive organizes and develops collections, initiates and participates in research activities, sponsors events and acquires material culture associated with Hiphop in the U.S. and throughout the world" (Hip Hop Archive). The people who work on the site do a lot of research for what goes into you. You can view all of the scholars who work on it and view all of their citation information. I feel the site is very trustworthy.
3.The feminist part, or the women in hip hop section, of the site gives valuable resources for those who are interested in women artists. It also gives different opinions and interviews on how women are portrayed in hip hop/music videos etc. I think there could be more but the information is definitely valuable.

The accessibility to this site is limited. In my opinion, only those who know Professor Morgan, attend Harvard or are in the artistic/music scene would even stumble upon this site. I didn't see it until I typed in a very specific phrase when searching for sources. Although, the issue of women in hip hop may seem only relatable to those making music or being involved with that type of scene, the images we see of women in music videos, or the lyrics we hear about women on the radio affects us all. Some people even try and relate to those songs/videos too much. This site would be more beneficial if more people were able to access the information.
I think there should be facebook options/pages for this site and possibly a twitter with a common tag so that people could find it easily. I think many women and men would have things to say about the issue of women in hip hop and their portrayal, and more female artists would be able to get their names out there. However, I really don't know how you get people to notice pages/sites that have information they don't really think they are interested in. When you get to the hip hop archive, you have to click on the tab that says women in hip hop, so even people getting to the site can avoid seeing all that information. This is another barrier. Perhaps a separate page for women in hip hop would be the most beneficial.

Is Hip Hop Feminism Alive in 2011?
by Katherine King
My source was Akoto Ofori-Atta's article, "Is Hip Hop Feminism Alive in 2011?" I found it on and thought it was really valuable to our group's examination of women in hip-hop. Just like other different forms of feminism, hip-hop feminists look at women's rights in a genre and culture that have many conflicting messages about what a hip-hop generation woman should look like, how she should participate in the music, and the value of her contribution.
Near the end of the article the author uses Nicki Minaj as an example of a highly visible hip hop artist who has publicly "challenged" sexual norms by openly addressing her bi curiousity and sexualized performances. Her image is constantly changing and heavily shaped by appearance and identity factors. What the author wanted to know is what this says for "the next" Nicki Minaj. How will Nicki's performances and contributions to hip hop set the stage (no pun intended) for future generations of women who love hip hop but don't know how to engage in a male-dominated genre? The author talks about different definitions of feminism and the needs of the hip hop community, and whereas I think she could have gone more into how the music translates to real life relationships, she did a good job highlighting the importance of studying hip hop feminism in 2011.
This article is relevant to men and women of the hip hop generation because the Nicki Minaj's of America are there to influence the way young women feel about themselves and their partners. Everyone is affected by it, even if they are not a hip hop generationer (born 18965-1985). That generation is so large and ubiquitous, the problems afflicting the group affect the larger population as well.
I think the link is trustworthy. When I looked up sources for hip hop feminism, I wanted something more credible than a blog and something more reader-friendly than one of FEW scholarly peer reviewed journals online.
The Root is a daily online magazine that engages contemporary issues with "a variety of black perspectives". It is aimed at anyone interested in black culture around the world.
The editor-in-chief, Henry Lousi Gates Jr. is a distinguished professor who holds degrees and Ph.Ds in black and cultural studies from various Ivy League universities. He was even named one of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans" by Ebony magazine in 2005.
The author, Akoto Ofori-Atta, earned a masters' from Georgetown and works for The Root as a freelance writer. I think they are qualified to address feminist issues and I trust that even if I don't agree with an editorial, the people hired to write for The Root are well-informed and know how to present information.
The website is accessible for anyone who has the internet and is aware of the website's existence. It is also available on other social media outlets, like Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, ipod/iPhone apps, and even podcasts. It's also easy to find a phone number and street address, which makes me think that The Root values communication with readers and encourages feedback of any kind.
The only barrier to access I could find was just limited to internet accessibility. They have The Root in so many different forms, that with the ubiquity of public computers today, I believe that the only way they could make it more accessible would be to print it on paper.
The Root seems to support discussion from all angles, so provided the readers can access the material, I don't believe that they are trying to restrict their reader demographic in any way. The content ranges from global politics to pop culture but is not written informally or over the heads of a casual reader. Because of this variety, I think that they are consciously working on extending accessibility to anyone who wants to learn more about black culture.

Stage 1: Women in Hip Hop Sources


Gender Across Borders (GAB)
Their mission statement is as follows.
"Gender Across Borders (GAB) is an international feminist community
where issues of gender, race, sexuality, and class are discussed and
critically examined. We embrace people of all backgrounds to come
together to voice and progress positive gender relations worldwide."
The audience of GAB seems to be anyone who is curious about feminism.
It is easily accessible to the general public via search engines like
This article is by Amy Littlefield.

The Crunk Feminist Collective: Hip Hop Generation Feminism, A Manifesto
Here's a link to the CFC mission statement:
This hip hop manifesto was posted by susiemaye, and really puts a
definition to the term hip hop feminist.
The CFC is also a fairly accessible site that exploreds feminism using
multiple feminisms and ideologies to reach many different kinds of
people, not just "typical feminists."

Prepare Yourself
Author: Marcyliena Morgan
Audience: people who are uneducated about hip hop (says on homepage)
I found it by searching hip hop sites....

Yvonne Bynoe's "Buppies, B-Boy's Baps and Bohos"
Author: Yvonne Bynoe
Audience: Broad; general public; those interested in hip hop--black
I found it as I was searching, I came across an article on "(still)
invisible women in hip hop" and saw that she was the author and then found
her blog.

Fresh Bold and So Def: Women in Hip Hop changing the game
Author: Martha Diaz, Irma McClaurin, Rachel Raimist
Audience: students to inmates
I found this after searching groups on facebook.

Queen Latifah "Ladies First"
Author: Queen Latifah
Audience: Women in the late 80's and early
90's--the greater push was feminist ideas meeting old rhetoric like
"ladies first" through doors used to make a message about women's
value in society.

Drop and Gimmie 50: The Consequences of Listening to Hip Hop
Author: Mikki Zimmerman of For Harriet
Audience: Hip hop fans, specifically black women

Sex, Politics, and Hip Hop 2011
Author: GWSS 3390-2
Audience: Students in the course or related courses, mostly available to those in the same/similar academic area (only ones with knowledge of it).
Author: Safiya Umoja Noble
Audience: General audiences and academia
"This project is a reflection of experiences growing up in the hip-hop
generation--a true Generation Xer. When thinking about the scope of this
project and it's potential longevity for adding insight to community
empowerment and social justice movements, including the experiences of low
self-esteem, domestic violence, sexual abuse, eating disorders and health
related problems linked to cosmetic surgery, it seems even more important
to do this."
The Hip Hop Archive
Audience: General audience
The Hiphop Archive is celebrating Women's History Month by showcasing the
updated Women In Hiphop Collection. This collection of books, films, and
magazines is available at the Hiphop Archive.
"HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes"
Author/Filmmaker: Byron Hurt
The film explores such pressing issues as women and violence in rap music,
representations of manhood in hip-hop culture, what today's rap lyrics
reveal to their listeners and homoeroticism in hip-hop.