The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop will launch Detroit’s first Women in Hip Hop Conference from June 16- 19 inside The Allied Media Conference at Wayne State University thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Women in Hip Hop Conference is an initiative that will give artists, activists, and academics the opportunity to have an intimate, interactive experience with technology, art, music, social justice, and community.
“We will stage new conversations using media to address the role, images, and treatment of women in hip-hop. We will 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,” said Piper Carter, Founder of The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop.
The three-day event will include a cipher, b-girl dance battle, film screening, workshops, and panel discussions.
The conference will also feature a concert, hosted by Jessica Care Moore, showcasing the next generation of women in hip-hop. The concert will include performances by:
Rapsody (Headliner) – international artist who recently won a Grammy for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the song “Complexion (Zulu Love).”
Mama Sol & The N.U.T.Z. – Flint, Mich. based Hip-Hop/ Neo Soul band committed to breaking the Self-Destructive cycle of mainstream Hip-Hop. Their vision is for a world prioritizing education, responsibility and art. The band features a collective of 4 musicians, background vocalist, lead MC & a disc jockey.
Mahogany Jones – Detroit-based artist most noted for her appearance on BET’s 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays, she is also known around the world as a Hip-hop Ambassador having served with American Music Abroad and other programs under the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The women in hip-hop concert will take place at 7 p.m. June 17 at the Garden Theater. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/rapsodyconcert.