Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Young Buck and DJ Freddy Hydro To Host Tennessee Music Conference and Hip-Hop Awards

Just another reminder that hip-hop is not dead, but alive, strong and yes a positive force in the hood. Young Buck brings a stunning awards show and conference to his Nashville, TenAKi. Mad ups to ya Buck!!!

Nashville, TN – Former G Unit artist and Nashville, TN native Young Buck is giving back to his community by being one of the sponsors of the first annual Tennessee Music Conference and Hip-Hop Awards. Young Buck collaborated up with Robert "Robski" Grady to sponsor the event, which is expected to bring in artists like 8-Ball, Project Pat, Yo Gotti, All-Star and more. Young Buck will also co-host the event with DJ Freddy Hydro. The event is being held September 6-7 and is expecting to be the most effective music-networking event to ever hit Tennessee.

"We want to honor and pay homage to the people who have helped to develop the TN Hip-Hop market to what it is, and work as a state to help to continue to build the market," a statement from the events website site said, continuing, "This event will help to establish a foundation in which the TN music community can use to help grow and develop their careers in music."

The main purpose of the 1st Annual Tennessee Music Conference and Hip-Hop awards is to honor and pay homage to the people who have helped to develop the Tennessee Hip-Hop market to what it has become, and work as a state to help to continue to build the market, and develop careers for artists, DJ's, producers, media, promoters, and others in the state. This event will help to establish a foundation in which the Tennessee music community can use to help grow and develop their careers in music.

The event is also during the weekend of the John Merritt Classic in Nashville. Southern vs. Tennessee State Tigers as well as the Season Opener for the Tennessee Titans, so the event will be an added bonus to those in town and want to gain music knowledge, network, and have a good time.

2008 Tennessee Music Conference Itinerary
Sat. Sept. 6
Millennium Maxwell Hotel & Resort
2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

8AM -11AM - Registration and booth set up

11AM -NOON- TMC Luncheon (free food for all registered guests)

11:45 AM -12:15 PM - Showcase #1

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - A& R Power Panel: "How to get signed to a Major, and what are the Advantages and Disadvantages?"
1. "Corporate" Cory Sparks (Interscope/ KOCH A&R) TN
2. Freddy Hydro (Hitz Committee/ Jive) TN
3. Alvin Williams (Grammy winner Music World/ Gospel Network) ATL
4. C. Wakeley (Gainesville Music Summit/ SEA Impact Person of Year) FL
5. Ricardo Hunter (Hunter Promotions) TN
6. John "J-Dog" Shaw (A&R Dir. Select-O-Hits Dist.) TN
Moderator: Robski

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Showcase #2

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Media & Promotions Panel: "Building relationships with Media Outlets and the Importance of Self Promotion."
1. Bryan Deese (Owner/ Creator Concrete Magazine) TN
2. Leon Bailey "L.B." (Owner wordofsouth.com) FL
3. Janiro Hawkins (VP of Southern Entertainment Awards) TN
4. P. Brown (Streettalk Newspaper & Promotions) ATL
5. Robski (Underground Kings DVD) TN
6. Julia Beverly (Owner/ Creator O-Zone Magazine) FL
7. Memphisrap.com TN
Moderator: Freddy Hydro

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Showcase Finals

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM - Artist Panel: "How to make Money Independently in the Music and Entertainment industry."
1. Haystak
2. La Chat
3. Playa Fly
4. All-Star
5. JC (Block Ent R&B)
6. Mr. Serv On (formerly of No Limit)
7. Young D (Hypnotized Minds)
8. Granddaddy Souf
9. Trai' D (Gutta Chick)
10. Mr. Mack
Moderator: Freddy Hydro

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM - DJ Panel: "What do DJ's look for in a HIT RECORD and how should the Artist Push a Records"
1. DJ Freddy Hydro
2. DJ Dutty Laundry
3. DJ C-Wiz
4. DJ Bryant D
5. DJ Squeeky
6. DJ Trap
7. DJ Infamous
Moderator: Robski

After Party
9 PM - 2 AM - Wildhorse Saloon
Featuring: Young Buck & The Game

Also Performing Live: Scarface

Special Guests: Tennessee Titans, Allen Iverson, Gorilla Zoe, B.G., Mr. Serv On, Playa Fly, Cowboy, and More
*Tickets For AFTER PARTY AT THE WILDHORSE ONLY available at all
Ticketmaster locations.





In addition, 8-Ball & MJG along with 3-6 Mafia, DJ C-Wiz, & DJ Squeeky are the recipients of the Special Pioneer Legend Awards that will be presented during the award ceremony.

For more information on the Tennessee Music Conference and Hip-Hop Awards, please visit the website http://www.tmchiphopawards.com.

For More Information Contact: (Media Only)
Robert Grady
Email: info@tmchiphopawards.com
Ph: (615) 484-6753

Monday, July 7, 2008

HIP HOP CONGRESS NATIONAL CONVENTION 2008 JULY 24th - 27th in Biloxi and New Orleans

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HIP HOP CONGRESS NATIONAL CONVENTION 2008 JULY 24th - 27th in Biloxi and New Orleans

Press Release
Schedule Updated 7/3/08

Announced Performers
Want to perform? Artist Submission located here!

Aaron Berkowitz
PR and Marketing Director
Hip Hop Congress

Hip Hop Congress Announces it’s 7th Annual Conference to be hosted by the Mississippi Artists and Producers Coalition
Energize, Organize, Revolutionize: Taking it back to the Roots

DATE, LOCATION: The 7TH Annual National Hip Hop Congress Conference will take place in Biloxi, MS from July 24th through the 27th at the Treasure Bay Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year the conference will focus on building internal capacity and direction of the organization with a goal of improved service, clarified action and plans to further influence local communities where we have a presence as well as national. Special addresses will be also be given by Bakari Kitwana of Rapsessions and Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

This conference will include a variety of activities and workshops in the elements of hip hop, use and development of media coalitions, direct action, digital distribution, music industry knowledge and detailed plans for HHC in the next two years. Hip Hop Congress will also be announcing the roll out of several new initiatives including increased resources for artists through the website and cultural services for schools, after school programs, and communities. Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about HHC are welcome to attend, enjoy the activities and learn more about HHC without any obligation to join. As always, there will be shows every night featuring artists on the cutting edge of Independent music as well as a headliner yet to be named.Previous artists who have performed at the National Conference are Blueprint, OneBeLo, Zion I, Jurassic 5, and Brother Ali.

Shamako Noble, HHC President, stated, “Last year we gave an open invitation to Hip Hop organizations, partners and interested folks to attend in an effort to expand our bases. This year, we want to focus on refining our strengths while addressing our weaknesses. We’ve been able to survive conditions as an organization that many said shouldn’t have allowed us to exist. Our hope is that at this conference we can return to the formula that has allowed is to survive for so long, while troubleshooting issues that could hinder our development . This means refocusing on the mission, streamlining our communication, and redefining our programs. We are also very excited to be in the South, where a lot of Hip Hop Organizations either don’t go, are afraid to go, or only go when it’s convenient. We’re looking to build something lasting here, and connect it to the rest of the practical Hip Hop movement.”

Cheri Honkala commented, “I’m honored to be a part of this event. I attended my first HHC conference in 2004 and we’ve been developing a relationship ever since. This year, our collaborative focus is in Minneapolis at the March for Our Lives where HHC is taking a clear stand on Housing, Health Care, money and programs for the poor and not for this ridiculous war in Iraq. I think that anybody that is serious about utilizing the potential of Hip Hop at a grassroots level should be looking at HHC.”

When President of the Southern Progressives, Southern Regional Director, and top flight artist Kamikaze was asked to comment, he replied, “The Mississippi Artists and Producers coalition is proud to be hosting this year’s annual conference. I personally lobbied for Hip Hop Congress to be here and connect with the South in an organic way that we hadn’t really seen in Mississippi. As the defender and protector of all things Mississippi, I expect nothing but the best results from this conference.“

Announced Performers (Check Back for constant updates on this list)


Shamako Noble
B-Girl Media/Knox Family
Silent Lambs
Truth Universal

Parters and Participants (Past and Present):

* RockRap Confidential
* Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign
* Seattle Youth Council
* 206 Zulu
* B-Girl Media
* Global Fam
* Silicon Valley De-Bug
* Golden Mean Music
* Mississippi Artists and Producers Coalition
* Iron Fist Recrods
* African American History Museum
* The Ruckus Society
* Rondavoux Records
* Chicago Zulu Nation
* Hip Hop Association
* Hip Hop Caucus
* Soundslam.com
* RubyHornet.com
* Hip Hop Chess Federation
* Reclaim the Media
* The League of Young Voters
* Rapsessions
* First Team Music
* VividUrban Magazine
* Pastors for Peace
* The Cipher
* F5 Records

To View the most updated schedule of events please Click Here

Remember to register to attend

Artist submission information

If you would like to be considered for a performance spot at the HHC National Conference in front of an audience that books shows in every major city and on dozens of college campuses, please email 2008HHCSubmission@hiphopcongress.com with the following information:

*A one - two page bio that includes current contact information
*1-3 current press links (if you have them)
*1-2 video links (if you have them)
*1-2 mp3 links (use a program such as divshare.com or zshare.com to upload your mp3s, if you don’t know how to do this then you can email the mp3 directly but that method will take us longer to review)
*Anything else you would like us to see, such as myspace links.

Not everyone will get a spot but we would like to accommodate as many acts as possible. It is free to submit and remember we get tons of requests so please forgive us if we don’t get back to you right away. Email 2008HHCSubmission@hiphopcongress.com with this info and any other artist related questions you may have.


Hip Hop Business Summit -aka- "Hood Economics" will be held on Saturday, August 23 at Symphony Hall, Newark, NJ, from 9am - 2pm. The Summit will be held in conjunction with the Celebrity Golf Classic Weekend.

The panelists of Industry Executives, Business Leaders and Celebrities will discuss diversification of business in urban culture through music, clothing, movies, gaming and communications, Newark's re-development, succeeding in entertainment, health, successful competition & winning at an executive level, help in starting a business and facts of successful business ownership in today's changing economy (i.e. barbershops, hair salons, carpentry, electricians, restaurants, spas, clothing stores, and web based & digital businesses). There will be a Q&A session, along with a variety of give-aways. Hip Hop Business Summit Tickets are $55 pp.

The weekend of events from August 21-23, includes an exclusive Welcome Reception for Celebrities, Sponsors and Invited Guests, a Welcome to Newark Dinner, Golf Classic Awards at Weequahic Parks Golf Club with remarks by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and a Golf Classic VIP "White" Party at The Spot on Commerce St. Tickets needed for weekend events. To purchase tickets visit http://www.ecsmg.com.

Confirmed guests include "Grouchy" Greg Watkins, CEO & Founder of AllHipHop.com, Navarrow Wright, CEO & President of Global Grind.com, Ed Lover, Morning Radio Host at Clear Channel Power 105.1 FM, Lance Smith, Walter Briggs, RW McQuarters, Dwight Hicks and Harry Carson from the NFL, Kurt Thomas, Eric Williams, Norm Nixon, Greg Anthony, Brevin Knight, Brandon Knight, Ira Bowman, Steffond Johnson and Randy Smith from the NBA, Actors Brian White ("Stomp The Yard") and Michael Kenneth Smith (HBO's Hit Show "The Wire"), Karen Hunter, Publisher, Hip Hop Artists Bun B, "Pepa" of the legendary group Salt -n- Pepa and Loose Cannon, Def Jam Comedy Artist Queen Aishah, and many more. Golf Classic proceeds benefit Newark Youth Golf, Inc.

Media Partners: The Star Ledger Newspaper, Clear Channel Power 105.1 FM, AllHipHop.com, Global Grind.com, Game Sports Magazine, with support from Urban Sports Talk & Entertainment & BlackGivesBack.Blogspot.com.

AllHipHop.com was founded and launched in 1998 by CEO's "Grouchy" Greg Watkins and Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur. AllHipHop.com has become a valuable resource for hip-hop on the internet, featuring daily news, interviews, reviews, multimedia and other interesting content. AllHipHop.com is the most widely read Hip-Hop entity in the world, reaching millions of unique visitors per month.

Global Grind.com was started by Navarrow Wright, CEO & President and Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. Global Grind.com is the place to explore multimedia that matters to you. It is a community based website allowing people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web, by linking, voting, and commenting on each others content, in a social and democratic way. Voting submitted content up and down is the cornerstone function of the website, and is respectively referred to as grinding and trashing. Russell Simmons currently sits on the board of Global Grind.com.

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For celebrity confirmations and event info contact Ernest Ruffin at 973.573.2505 or eruffin@ecsmg.com. For media credentials, interviews & event itinerary contact Tafia L. A. Pringle @ 202.575.7774 or tafia@tlapr.com. For tickets, visit ECSMG

Judge Orders 50 Cent to Forfeit Guns


NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. rapper 50 Cent was ordered to surrender any guns he might have after a judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order requested by the rapper's ex-girlfriend, lawyers said.

A lawyer for the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said he would contest the order and that 50 Cent did not have guns or access to guns. "To my knowledge, he has no guns," said lawyer Brett Kimmel.

The order bars 50 Cent from being in contact with Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his 10-year-old son, without the court's permission, lawyers said.

50 Cent and Tompkins have been locked in a legal fight over money. Tompkins has argued that she is entitled to half of 50 Cent's estate, based on an oral agreement.

The dispute escalated last month after a fire destroyed the rapper's $2.4 million Long Island home, where Tompkins lived with their son.

Police said they were investigating the fire as suspicious.

The Stamford, Connecticut-based rapper has denied any involvement in the fire and separately on Friday filed a $20 million defamation lawsuit in a Connecticut Superior Court against Tompkins for statements she made to the media.

"It's completely baseless and it's retaliatory," Tompkins' lawyer, Paul Catsandonis, said of the defamation suit. "It's nothing more than an attempt to rehabilitate his image."

Since his debut album in 2003, 50 Cent has built a business with a record label, a clothing and footwear line, ringtones and video games. He has also starred in a movie based on his life, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."




Long-awaited follow-up to first Def Jam album, 2006’s Grammy-nominated
Hip-Hop Is Dead

(June 10, 2008 – New York, NY) Surrounded by controversy at every stage of his long and influential career as the conscience – and often most severe critic – of hip-hop, Def Jam Recordings artist Nas has returned to the headlines, declaring that his new 9th album, arriving in stores July 15th, will be untitled. The untitled new album follows-up Nas’ Def Jam debut, the Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Is Dead, which entered the Soundscan chart at #1 in December 2006, on first week sales of more than 350,000 copies.

“It’s important to me that this album gets to the fans,” Nas said of his newest project. “It’s been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It’s that important. The streets have been waiting for this for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.”

In advance of the untitled new album, which will be issued on the Def Jam/Jones Experience imprint, the first official single will be “Hero,” produced by Polow Da Don.

Over the past few weeks, two tracks from the album have been leaked: “Black President” (produced by DJ Green Lantern) and the album’s closing track “N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and The Master)” (produced by DJ Toomp), containing the provocative lyric, “They say we N-I-double-G-E-R/ We are, much more/ But still we choose to ignore the obvious/ Man, this history don’t acknowledge us/ We were scholars way before colleges…”

One of the albums highlights is “Fried Chicken” featuring Busta Rhymes, produced by the Grammy winner for Producer Of The Year, Mark Ronson. “Fried Chicken,” finds Nas and Busta in top form, mixing elaborate metaphors over a decidedly throwback Ronson track. “When I was young, sitting in my room hammering out beats on my MPC, Nas was one of those truly legendary artists that you daydream, ‘One day, I’ll get to do a track for…,’” says Ronson. “We finally met Grammy night in LA, and he said he wanted some stuff from me for the album. I started thinking to myself, as a Nas fan, ‘What kind of beats would I love to hear him over?’ That’s how the Dapkings and I came up with the track for ‘Fried Chicken’, and I reckon it sounds like a stone cold classic.”

The untitled new album will also include collaborations with producers Stic.Man from Dead Prez, Jay Electronica, Stargate, DJ Cool & Dre, and others.

Hip-Hop Is Dead, the third album by Nas to enter the charts at #1, got started with the lead title track single “Hip-Hop Is Dead,” produced and co-written by and featuring will.i.am. of Black Eyed Peas. The cut (which sampled ’60s hits “Apache” and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”) made it inside the Top 40 on the Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot Digital Songs charts. It was followed-up with “Can’t Forget About You,” featuring fellow Def Jam artist Chrisette Michelle, a jazz inspired Top 10 Rap track also produced by will.i.am, that riffed off a sample from the classic “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.

Time Out New York stepped out early in January 2007, and picked Hip-Hop Is Dead as “rap record of the year.” Pitchfork’s reviewer called it “the album I’ll give to people in 20 years when they ask who Nas was.” The album release set up the “One Man, One Mic, One Night” 26-city North American tour, one of the biggest ever by Nas, from March through May 2007.

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An influential hip-hop culture icon since the early 1990s, Nas (Nasir Jones) emerged from the Queensbridge neighborhood of Long Island City, a hotbed of rap artist since the ’80s. Son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, junior high school drop-out Nas apprenticed with such local crews as the Devastatin’ Seven (at age nine) and Main Source (“Live At the Barbecue,” 1991).

Nas first reached an international audience when his track “Halftime” was tapped by producer MC Serch as the opening cut on 1992’s Zebrahead movie soundtrack. Signed to Columbia Records, the first full-length album by poet and rhyme-master Nas arrived in 1994, the RIAA platinum Illmatic, featuring the singles “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” “The World Is Yours,” and “One Love.” 1996 brought the breakthrough double-platinum It Was Written (#1 R&B for 7 weeks, #1 pop for 4 weeks), with his first major crossover singles “Sweet Dreams” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” The streak continued with the double-platinum I Am in 1999 (again #1 pop and #1 R&B), containing the chart singles “Nas Is Like,” “Hate Me Now” (featuring Puff Daddy), and “You Won’t See Me Tonight” (featuring Aaliyah).

Subsequent albums by Nas included: the RIAA platinum Nastradamus (1999, #2 R&B, #7 pop, with “Nastradamus” and “You Owe Me,” featuring Ginuwine); the platinum Stillmatic (2001, #1 R&B, #5 pop, with “Got Ur Self A…,” “Ether,” “One Mic,” and “Rule”); the platinum God’s Son (2002, #1 R&B, with huge R&B/pop crossover hits “Made You Look” and “I Can”); the platinum double-CD Street’s Disciple (2004, #2 R&B, #5 pop, with “Bridging the Gap” and “Just a Moment”); and Hip-Hop Is Dead in 2006.

Over the years, Nas has also been the featured guest on a number of crossover hits by other artists, among them: Allure (“Head Over Heels,” 1997); R. Kelly (“Did You Ever Think,” 1999); Missy Elliott (the #1 “Hot Boyz,” 1999); fellow Queensbridge rapper Mobb Deep (“It’s Mine,” 1999); Nature (“The Ultimate High,” 2000); Jagged Edge (“I Got It 2,” 2002); J-Lo (“I’m Gonna Be Alright,” 2002); Kelis (“In Public,” 2003, and “Blindfold Me,” 2006); Kanye West (“Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been),” 2006); and others.

In addition to his successful career in music, Nas has pursued a career in motion pictures that began with his co-starring role (alongside DMX) in 1998’s crime drama Belly, a film by director Hype Williams (with whom Nas has done several video clips). Subsequent appearances include Albert Pyun’s action crime thriller Ticker (2001, with Tim Sizemore and Steven Seagal); Carl Seaton’s Sacred Is the Flesh (2001, also co-written by Nas); a cameo as himself in Boaz Yakin’s comedy Uptown Girls (2003, with Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning); Lawrence Page’s Murda Muzik (2004, with Ron Artest and Chinky); and the fictional hip-hop group bio-pic The Vapors (upcoming in 2008, with an all-star cast of Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rap, Marley Marl, Biz Markie, and others).

Friday, May 30, 2008

Nas Drops 'N Word' From New Album Title

After much controversy, Queensbridge emcee Nas has changed the original title of his album. The project, which was entitled N*gger, will be untitled when it hits stores on July 1.

"It's important to me that this album gets to the fans. It's been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that, creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It's that important," Nas said in a statement. "The streets have been waiting for this for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Year of the Hip-Hop Women

Press Contact: Beth Sachnoff


[T] 718.682.2744

Year of the Hip-Hop Women Officially Begins March 2008!

New York, NY – NO MORE! ENOUGH OF BEING CALLED B-t-hes and H—s.

Powerful, intelligent, self -respecting women in Hip-Hop do exist. They're on the microphone, off-camera, and behind the scenes. They hold significant positions at the top echelons of the industry's professional food chain. They are anonymous shining stars. Why don’t we know about them? Because they are silently tucked away due to a lack of media exposure, male-centric programming, and adverse images that present a one-sided perspective of women in Hip-Hop.

THE WOMANHOOD LEARNING PROJECT (WLP) is a wake-up call. It is a sound -out to all the B-Girls and Hip Hop Queens—women who have transformed music and culture. The WLP is a project of the Hip-Hop Association [H2A], in collaboration withSocial Services of Hip-Hop, We B*Girlz, Where My Ladies at? Interactive Film, and We Got Issues! The mission is to restore and revive the Hip-Hop Woman through the Womanhood Learning Project by exploring the role of women in leadership and other sectors within Hip-Hop culture and the community. WLP will examine the negative media and power struggles that hinder the growth and awareness of women in the Hip-Hop generation. It will focus strong attention on how these factors impact the youth, especially young girls. The WLP is intended to unify women in Hip-Hop by creating a space for them to learn, build, and bring about concrete change. This will occur through a yearlong campaign that includes a resource book, lecture series, workshops, an online community, and a case study.

Hip-Hop girls and women deserve acknowledgement. And the world deserves to know about how these women have become successful by negotiating the sexist system of Hip-Hop. The H2A and its partners, through the Womanhood Learning Project, will study and promote these invisible, yet talented women, and provide tools and resource to empower educators, social workers, parents, youth, and most of all, women and girls.

The H2A has convened an Advisory Committee of progressive and accomplished women in Hip-Hop and education and culture for the Womanhood Learning Project. It includes luminaries such as Dr. Roxanne Shante, Martha Cooper, DJ Beverly Bonds, Maria “Toofly” Castillo, Raquel Cepeda, Suhier Ammad, Toni Blackman, Raqiyah Mays, Michaela Angela Davis, and Dr. Irma McClaurin.H2A, the WLP Advisory Committee, and our partners—the Social Services of Hip-Hop, We B*Girlz, Where My Ladies at? Interactive Film, and We Got Issues! — are all committed to making the WLP a success and celebrating the Year of the Hip-Hop Woman.

The Womanhood Learning Project’s primary resource will be an encyclopedia of pioneering and trendsetting women: Fresh, Bold, and So Def: Women In Hip-Hop Changing The Game, edited by Martha Diaz and Felicia Pride. The volume contains 300 profiles of international artists, industry professionals, and social activists. It is groundbreaking and informative focusing on how they have persevered and broken down barriers to make a difference in Hip-Hop culture and society at large. Fresh, Bold, and So Def: Women In Hip-Hop Changing The Game is written to serve as an inspiration for educating girls and women, boys and men, young and old, and everyone else on the historical legacy of women in Hip-Hop.

The Year of the Hip-Hop Woman is about change. It is not a blame, shame or game campaign. It is about appreciation and respect; it is about acknowledgment and positive depictions of women. It pays homage to women who help create Hip-Hop, but whose stories have not been told in their entirety.

Womanhood Learning Project H2A Team

Martha Diaz, President of the Hip-Hop Association Mona Ibrahim, Director of Community Building and Program Development Nakia Alston, H2A Communications and Development Coordinator Beth Sachnoff, Head Researcher, H2Ed Communications and Development Coordinator Kompalya Thunderbird, Director of Media Acquisition and Communications Deanne Ziadie-Nemitz -Media Preservation Coordinator Amanda Cumbow, Researcher Ebonie Smith, Researcher

Womanhood Learning Project Partners

Jineea Butler-Graham – Hip-Hop Analyst, Social Services of Hip-Hop J-Love – Activist, Author – White Girl, We Got Issues Leba Haber – Director of the interactive film, Where My Ladies At? Nika Kramer – Writer, Translator, Activist -We B*Girlz (Germany)

Womanhood Learning Project Advisory Committee

Toni Blackman – Freestyle Union and US State Dept. Ambassador Beverly Bond – DJ, Activist -Black Girls Rock Foundation Maria “Toofly” Castillo – Graffiti Artist, Activist – The Younity Raquel Cepeda – Filmmaker, Author, Journalist Rosa Clemente – Activist, Cultural Critic, Know Thyself Martha Cooper – Pioneer Photographer, Author – We B*Girlz

Michaela Davis – Fashionista, Cultural Critic

Tamara Dawit – Activist -What’s the 411? (Canada) Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz – MC, Poet, Activist – Latinas 4 Life Dowoti Desir – Director, Malcolm x & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center Delphine Diallo – Photographer, Filmmaker, Visual Artist (France) Johanna Guevara -7one8Designs Suheir Hammad – Poet, Author, Activist Indy Hunjan -Kala Phool (England) Raqiyah Mays – Managing Editor, The Ave and Radio Host for Hot 97 Dr. Irma McClaurin – Scholar, Poet, Writer, Author Felicia Pride – Journalist, Author, The Message Rokafella – B-Girl, Activist -Full Circle Productions Dr. Tricia Rose – Pioneer Scholar, Author, Black Noise, Brown University Marcella Runell Hall -Author, Activist, Educator, NYU Dr. Theda Palmer Saxon – Life coach, Pres. of Seasoned Woman, Inc., Author, Pace U. Raquel Sanchez -Alphabet City Design Dr. Roxanne Shante – Pioneer MC and Psychologist Akiba Solomon – Journalist, Author -Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts

The Womanhood Learning Project (WLP) Interactive Lecture Series Preliminary Schedule

The WLP Interactive Lecture Series is a yearlong talking tour that serves as a space for women to discuss issues affecting women in Hip-Hop. The topics include Media, Politics, Gender Roles, Education, and Motherhood. This is a preliminary schedule based on existing events.


March 2, 2008 -The Fifth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference -Speaking Truth to Power: MEDIA JUSTICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES


W.A.R. (Women Armed and Ready)!:Defining the Reel Images of Women in Hip-Hop

This is a 90-minute candid interactive workshop focusing on the role media plays in the portrayal of women in Hip-Hop, and the issues and effects that women have to deal with as a result. From Queens to whores, the roles of women have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. From misogyny to hypersexual behavior, a whole generation of young men and women have been desensitized and programmed through negative media images. It’s time to confront the media outlets, and step up as media-makers and concerned citizens to take control of our images, redefine ourselves and create a new perspective of women. The participants will discuss how their work addresses these issues, how their work is creating media justice, and they will share clips of their projects.


Martha Diaz – President of the Hip-Hop Association Maori Karmeal Holmes – Producer and Director, Scene Not Heard Melissa Ulto – Editor, The Art of Love and Struggle Toni Blackman – Hip-Hop Ambassador, Artist, Writer

Part II– Herstory: The Power of Women Community Leaders and Entrepreneurs March 29, 2008 Urban League of Alaska – Anchorage, Alaska

Part III– H2Ed Womanhood LP Workshop April 18, 2008 HHEAL Festival -Bronx, NY (WGI!/Sister Outsider/Felicia Pride)

Part IV – Fresh, Bold, and So Def June 2008 – H2O International Film Festival

Part V – Education Vs Industry July – Brighton Hip-Hop Film Festival (Brighton, England)

Part VI – Interactive Womanhood Learning August – We B*Girlz Festival (Berlin, Germany)

About Hip-Hop Association:

The Hip-Hop Association [H2A] is a 501(c)(3) media, education, and arts community building organization. Our projects are designed to encourage critical thinking, education reform, cross-cultural unity and civic engagement. The H2A empowers the community through the use of media, technology, resources, social entrepreneurship, and leadership development. We are producers of the largest annual international Hip-Hop film festival, and Hip-Hop Education forums.


About Social Services of Hip-Hop:

The Social Services of Hip Hop is a psychology based service agency that identifies and remedies issues that affect the growth of the Hip Hop community by presenting revenue generating and community building activities. The company serves as a technical assistance intermediary that organizes and enhances programs that interact with the Hip Hop Community. Our mission is to empower Hip Hop citizens to their maximum level of functioning by providing effective tools, resources and services.


About We Got Issues!:

We Got Issues! mission is to ignite the next generation of young women leaders and awaken a new brand of social/political activism in America. We accomplish this by training and development, outreach and education, and advocacy and recognition.


About We B*Girlz Festival:

The We B*Girlz Festival – Berlin 2008 is a multimedia festival by women for women celebrating the 4 elements of Hip-Hop and more. We B*Girlz wants to present a strong role model for adolescent girls. We want to show that women master skills in all aspects of Hip-Hop and have earned a place in Hip-Hop history. We will celebrate their creativity with a one-month festival in August 2008 in Berlin, Germany with workshops, panels, exhibitions, screenings, battles, shows and concerts. The event series will close with a big two-day festival with battles, shows and concerts on August 29 and 30.


About Where My Ladies At?:

Where My Ladies At? Is an interactive film website that encourages dialogue about "pop culture porn" through blogs, video diaries, SMS forums, and conversations with female Hip Hop pioneers. Although Where My Ladies At? targets Hip Hop, the film tackles larger societal issues and can be used to discuss issues of pop culture, sexuality and media representation with young people. The film is both a critique and celebration of Hip Hop, and women's accomplishments are showcased in a timeline of artists and pioneers.