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Women in Hip-Hop and America’s War on The Poor

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We speak with Martha Diaz (Hip Hop Education Center) and Kashema Hutchinson (Hip Hop Education Center) about the Universal Hip Hop Museum and the role of women in Hip Hop. Later Poor News Network reports on anti-Asian violence and the unhoused.

The Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women’s Initiative (FBSD), led by the Hip Hop Education Center as the museum announces the kick-off of the plan as part of year-round programming leading up to the 15th anniversary of the Year of the Hip Hop Woman.

Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women (FBSD) began as a Hip Hop feminist intervention project for women of all ages to empower, cultivate, and inspire. The project builds upon the foundation laid by the Womanhood Learning Project launched in 2007 at New York University by the Hip Hop Association and a collective of women who joined forces to tell their story of Hip Hop as they know it.

The Guests:

Martha Diaz, Founding Director, Hip Hop Education Center and Chair of Archives, Education & Curatorial Affairs, Universal Hip Hop Museum. Colombian-American futurist Martha Diaz (MD) is a seasoned community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, educator, and social entrepreneur. One of Women’s eNews distinguished 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, she has traversed the hip hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over the last 25 years.



Kashema Hutchinson is Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Education program at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is also the Co-Director of the Peers Leadership Fellows Program. She has facilitated discussion groups with incarcerated populations in New York. Kashema creates and uses Hip Hop infographics to facilitate discussions on the role of women and history; philosophy; behavioral economics and; class and crime in traditional and non-traditional educative spaces. She is also a Co-Director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s Education Committee.





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