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Women In Hip Hop Celebrating Women’s History Month Event at The Charles H. Wright Museum March 10th

Culture as Capital: How We use Hip Hop to ReClaim Representations of Women in Media: A critical discussion of community cultural wealth.

Lead by Piper Carter & with special guest Mahogany Jones (both co-Founders of We Found Hip Hop: “The Foundation: Celebrating Women in Hip Hop”).

Hip Hop's emergence in global cities through multiple, devastating wars (psychological, physical, and cultural) answers and questions global economic restructuring of our communities. This presentation brings together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations about Women of color and women of color feminisms across Hip Hop's culturalforms.

Using Media to address the role, images, and treatment of women in Hip-Hop we critique and disrupt status quo narratives and present investigations about value systems and structures of violence and human value, the politics of aesthetics, and women of color feminism. Participants walk away with a greater understanding of the value of women in Hip Hop as a cultureacross disciplines.: Art (Graffiti/StreetArt etc.), Dance (B-Girling), Technology (DJing/Music Production/Video), Words (Emceeing/FreeStyling/Writing/Rhyming/Poetry), and Culture(the Knowledge Element of reading, observing video and listening to audio media, discussion)

This event will offer a portrayal of women in media that is counter to the sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination that is often the norm. It will inform and empower Women and Girls through media clips, performance, and a discussion. It will also feature Live performances by our All-Woman Band lead by Musical Director Aisha Ellis, featuring Mahogany Jones and several of Detroit's Incredible Artists: Boog Brown, Sanaa Su, Sombade, Dorthea Thomas, Princess Covergirl Taylor, Dj Haintso, DJ Afe, Alexn Wundrland, Tone, and Lauren J.

The media shown: (working title to be determined), a mini documentary by Piper Carter. This candid film serves as a glimpse of an ongoing dialogue with women who identify as Hip Hop Artists who have participated in creating this movement in Detroit. It provides an opportunity and platform for people to address, discuss, and challenge their feelings on Hip Hop and the way they are receiving messages in culture.

This program presented by The Education Department of The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and is open to all ages, teens, adults, students, professors, faculty, and community are welcome. This session will be a general discussion around some of the popular/mainstream images of Women that we see or hear on a daily basis. I will present about some of the work I have been doing with Women involved to provide a different perspective or point-of-view that a lot of the people won't necessarily know about. I will also incorporate different multi-media, videos and music clips, to emphasize certain points and frame the conversation. A healthy question and answer period will be offered following the presentation.

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