WE > Can't Stop! Won't Stop!
This Tuesday was International Women's Day. To celebrate Desdamona, me [Rae], and MJ [hip-hop journalist, former editor of The Source, Complex, Stress, and 4080 hip-hop mags] hosted "B-Girl Radio" on kfai for Speak out Sisters! International Women's Day. We played Mystic, Ursula Rucker, Invincible, Lauryn Hill, Erykah, Queen Latifah and so many local Twin Cities ladies - Sarah White [formerly of Traditional Methods], Dessa of Doomtree, Pavielle, and Desdamona. You can hear streaming versions of the show on kfai. It was a great experience (although I hate to hear my voice and I get nervous speaking in public). We even had callers - one [a man] who asked if we had a regular show.
It was a long evening - I screened keepintime [a short by photo B+] and freestyle: the art of rhyme [a feature length doc by organic]. Tiana [my 7yr old] was buggin out, grabbing the mic out of my hands, but that's how it goes sometimes. After I sat back in my seat, Jeff leaned back and said, "My son does the same thing". I really do need to get it moving on this hip-hop moms movie. Well, I've been thinking more and more that it needs to be a hip-hop parenting flick. Rarely, if ever, do we get to see our lives and our stories reflected on screen. That's what I do what I do.
This Saturday I'll be in Milwaukee for Women's History Month, Women Without Borders Film Festival. I'll be speaking at 7 & 9pm I think. Who knows. I'm not in charge of my schedule when I travel. I just go and try to build with as many people as I can.
Last night I got a call from a young woman in Milwaukee from Gumbo TV [an Emmy award-winning youth produced TV magazine show with 100,000 viewers] produced throught the Strive Media Institute.
Strive Media Institutes program enhances the business world, not only by preparing students for media-related careers, but also by giving them the reading, writing, and communication skills they need to succeed in any profession. Through partnerships with existing industry professionals and local university faculty, Strive Media Institute has developed a comprehensive curriculum in three fields of mass communication: print journalism, integrated marketing communications, and film and video production. Using mass media as a tool, Strive Media Institute prepares students for careers as future journalists, editors, producers, and communications professionals by teaching them interpersonal communications skills that will transfer to any career field.
I plan to build with these students and see what's what. I'm really interested in not teaching in the academy and rather building or working with an arts organization to create spaces for youth to create. My dream is a building that has a TV studio, edit suites, recording booths, theater for screenings, poetry, and performances, art gallery... not unlike Intermedia but with a bit more technology. I think there's hope for me and my dreams...
So now I better write my papers because that's what's paying the bills and helping me keep hope alive.