March 1, 2008

Talk at New Jersey City University, 3/4 at 6pm

Women’s History Month program:


Tuesday, March 4
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Room 202 of Hepburn Hall

“Women’s History Month? will open with “Home Girls Make Some Noise,? a “Women Speak Out? program that will feature keynote speaker Rachel Raimist, an acclaimed hip hop activist, scholar, mother, and director of “Nobody Knows My Name.? The program, which will explore hip hop as a cultural space for women to speak out, will be held

For further information call Dr. Catherine Raissiguier, director of NJCU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and coordinator of the “Women’s History Month? celebration, at (201)200-3551.

February 9, 2008

FREE TALK: 2/14 at Carleton College


October 26, 2007

Panel: Women Engage Hip Hop

If you're in the Durham area this weekend:

Women Engage Hip Hop (panel details HERE)
Rachel Raimist, filmmaker and hip-hop scholar, University of Minnesota
Mark Anthony Neal, African and African-American Studies, Duke University
Monica Daye, poet, activist, and author
Ebony Golden, poet and womanist performance theorist, New York University
Alexis Gumbs, Literature Department, Duke University (moderator)

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September 23, 2007

Video Production Courses

More Info: IFP website

Introduction to Video Production – Learning the Techniques*
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Tuesdays, Oct. 2–Nov. 6, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: Sep. 25
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This section is designed for all skill and interest levels - beginners, video enthusiasts and more experienced students needing a refresher course. Students will learn about aspects of production from camera, lighting and sound, to editing strategies, film festivals and distribution. There will be screenings, discussions and exploration of various film forms, genres, and an examination of stylistic images. Students will learn the basics of filmmaking through in-class exercises and have the opportunity to develop, shoot and edit short projects individually or as a group. Tuition includes camera rental and editing time in IFP’s editing suite (iMovie or Final Cut) for use outside of class time.

Advanced Video Production – Shooting the Short Film*
Instructor: Rachel Raimist
Tuesdays, Nov. 13–Dec. 18, 6:30–9:30pm
Reg. deadline: Nov. 6
Tuition: $235/$195 members
Max. enrollment: 12 students

This course is designed for students with some filmmaking experience who have the desire to produce a short film. Students should have some experience using camera, sound and lighting equipment. They are encouraged to come to class with a short script (up to 8 pages of narrative, documentary or experimental) that will be used for the duration of the course. Students will learn how to revise scripts, prepare production materials (budget, storyboards, shooting scripts, etc.), cast actors, and other significant aspects of pre-production. We’ll study directing the camera, directing actors and creating visuals that communicate the director’s vision. Students will select scripts to collectively shoot as a group or proceed with individual projects. Students will crew shoots, act as production teams for each other and edit projects using Final Cut or iMovie. We’ll conclude the course by screening our work. Students are issued editing time to be used in IFP’s editing suite outside of class time to help ensure project completion by the end of the session. Tuition includes equipment rental and editing time.

Take any 3 or more classes and receive $10 off the price of each!
*IFP Certification available.

July 9, 2007

Appearance: 7/10 at MN Center for Photography

+ Second Tuesday Lecture + Photography's Relevance in Hip Hop

Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
Minnesota Center for Photography
165 13th Ave NE
directions HERE

This Second Tuesday lecture will be devoted to the role of photography in hip hop, its relevance, its practice and its purpose. Hip-Hop photographer Rebecca McDonald will moderate a discussion between Michelle Spaise, photographer and Assistant Curator of the B-Girl Be Visual Art Exhibition, and scholar Rachel Raimist addressing the aesthetics of hop-hop, and how it is seen and interpreted through the camera lens.

You can VIEW some of my photos HERE, like these:

Only two weeks before Musicapolis, the Minnesota Center for Photography’s summer music festival taking place July 21, this Second Tuesday lecture will bring to the spotlight lecturers who embody and combine both hip-hop and photography in their work. Audience participation will be encouraged-- come join the community!

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June 26, 2007

Total Chaos Podcast

The Walker panel on Total Chaos is available for viewing here:


In this piece are clips from the following films:
Nobody Knows My Name, directed by Rachel Raimist
Freestyle the Art of Rhyme, directed by Organic, videographer/co-editor: Rachel Raimist
Estilo Hip Hop, directed by Vee Bravo, videographer: Rachel Raimist

Estilo has a beautiful new trailer HERE:


June 4, 2007

June 14th Panel Discussion - Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
Featuring Cey Adams, Jeff Chang, Roger Cummings, and Rachel Ramist
Thursday, June 14, 7 pm
Walker Art Center Cinema
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm


Since its beginning, hip-hop has left its mark on theater, poetry, performance art, dance, visual arts, film, and video. Though it is one of the big ideas of this generation, hip-hop is often subcategorized into such themes as “spoken word poetry,? “street literature,? “post–black art,? or “urban art.? This panel discussion focuses on how hip-hop is expanding in ways that cannot be so easily defined.

Cey Adams’ graphics can be seen on countless album covers (Jay-Z, Method Man, Beastie Boys and have been featured in clothing lines (Sean John), movies, and TV shows (Belly, Next Friday, Chapelle’s Show).

Jeff Chang, author of the books Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, has written extensively on race, culture, politics, and the arts for numerous publications.

Roger Cummings is the cofounder and artistic director of Juxtaposition Arts, a North Minneapolis urban art center whose mission is to empower youth and community to use the arts to actualize their full potential.

Rachel Raimist is a Twin Cities–based filmmaker and director of Nobody Knows My Name, which chronicles the stories of five women in hip-hop.

Presented by WACTAC.

February 15, 2007

Re-Mixing Hip Hop: Violence, Sex, Racism, and Other Controversial Questions about Popular Music

February 28 - March 1, 2007
SUNY Old Westbury
Duane L Jones Recital Hall, Campus Center
Office of Student Activities, 516-876-3067

This special two day conference, conceived and developed by SUNY College at Old Westbury Assistant Professor Amanda Frisken and Adjunct Professor Jermaine Archer, puts into public debate controversial issues in today's popular culture. The conference serves as a bridge Black History Month and Women's History Month.

I'll be screening Nobody Knows My Name and speaking on a panel with the powerhouse ladies, Toni Blackman and Angie Beatty.

Download the program

July 24, 2006

Michigan Update - Film Festival Schedule


Hip Hop Film Festival at the Flint Institute of Arts
July 28-30, 2006

1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan

An educational and entertaining experience featuring art, music, and 9 movies!
Admission: $6 per day, $15 weekend pass (call for group rates)

Friday, July 28

5:00 PM – Opening Night Party
An unveiling of a hip-hop inspired art installation in the FIA Lobby, conceived and organized by Michigan-based artist and curator Craig Paul Nowak, including works by the following artists: RIKU, John Fletcher, Serge Gay Jr., MINES, LaKela Brown, ARMY, KOSEK, FARS, Mike Smith. Before the feature films, there will be musical performances by Rosta Records artists Theory, G-Wiz, and Main Event, as well as screenings of locally-produced videos: “104-1/2 Street Short? and “Woman II Woman.?

6:00 PM – Nobody Knows My Name
(58 min., followed by discussion with director Rachel Raimist)
7:30 PM – Scratch (90 min.)

The Official Hip-Hop Film Festival After Party
9:30 PM to Midnight
Featuring performances by: The Chose In Few, Lost Elementz, 7 Chakraz, and Done Proper.
Admission is free with HHFF ticket stub; otherwise $5 donation is suggested.
101 Burton Street
(Across from Farmer’s Market, 1/4 mile west of I-475 on Robert T. Longway Boulevard in downtown Flint)

Saturday, July 29

11:00 AM – Workshop: “The Elements of Rhyme Style?
11:45 AM – Workshop: “The Basics of Hip Hop Production?
12:30 AM – Panel: “Representing Hip Hop on the Web?
1:30 PM – Style Wars (70 min.)
3:00 PM – The Freshest Kids (90 min.)
5:00 PM – Bomb the System (95 min.)
7:30 PM – Wild Style (82 min.)

Sunday, July 30

1:30 PM – What’s Up Fat Lip? (27 min.)
2:00 PM – Breath Control (73 min.)
3:30 PM – Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
(72 min., followed by discussion with filmmakers Kevin Fitzgerald, Todd Hickey, and Rachel Raimist)

The Flint Institute of Arts is a museum and art school located in the Flint Cultural Center in Flint, Michigan. Visitors can enjoy an active program of changing exhibitions, masterpieces from the special collection, weekly films, studio classes, and a variety of educational programs and special events throughout the year.
Contact: Charles Gentry, Assistant Curator of Film and Video Art

The History of Turntablism (“H.o.T?) at the Sloan Museum
Organized by the Art Café of Davison, Michigan, the “H.o.T? exhibition at the Sloan Museum will display antique and retro turntables, art, photography, videos, and other ephemera of DJ culture on Saturday, July 29th, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Cora Smilkovich, Executive Director
Curtis Kohl, Program Director
The Art Café
217 Shoppers Alley
Davison, MI 48423

July 14, 2006

Upcoming Screening / Talk


Up next, I'll be heading to Flint, Michigan for the Hip Hop Film Festival.

Full Schedule of screenings (Freestyle,What's Up Fatlip and more!) - available HERE