Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/3/2012
Support Women Artists Sunday: Ana Tijoux
Chile’s Ana Tijoux exploded onto the scene in 2010 with a sick, tongue-twistin flow that immediately captured the ears of unsuspecting listeners, regardless of the language flowing through their heads. Her style is utterly laid-back, nonchalant, and smooth – and then she’ll hit you over the head with a mad rapid-fire lyrical spit that will leave even Spanish speakers scratching their head thinking she must have learned Chinese.
With horns and strings blazing, her aptly titled album 1977 takes the listener back to the “golden-age” of hip-hop. Tijoux is determined to keep that style at the forefront of hip-hop, using the past while speaking in the present in order to build for the future. And if the world is forced to learn a little Spanish along the way, all the …
Feminism | Posted by Dinayuri R on 05/28/2012
The Freedom of Having Your Own Space and Your Own Income
The issues that Courtney Martin expresses in her article, “‘You Are the NOW of Now!’ The Future of (Online) Feminism”, are closely related to Virginia Woolf’s own theories in her book, A Room of One’s Own. Martin gets straight to the point in her article as she states in her opening paragraphs, “The belief that online activism isn’t ‘real’ or deserving of financial support isn’t just an insult to entrepreneurial bloggers and organizers; it’s creating a crisis in the feminist movement.”
Though she was not necessarily talking about online activism through blogging or the feminist movement, Woolf would definitely agree with Martin.
In A Room of One’s Own, Woolf’s thesis is simply that in order for women to be able to produce literature, they need their …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/4/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Jean Grae
Jean Grae (real name “Tsidi Ibrahim”), born November 26, 1976 is a hip hop artist from New York. She rose to prominence in the underground hip-hop scene in New York City, and has since built an international fanbase.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 26, 1976, the daughter of South African jazz musicians (her father and mother are the celebrated musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim), she studied Vocal Performance at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art before majoring in Music Business at New York University.
After working with groups including Ground Zero, she joined a hip hop music group called Natural Resource in the mid-1990s, along with rapper Ocean. In 1996 they released a pair of 12-inch singles called Negro League Baseball. She also appeared …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/17/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Ladi6
A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match, Ladi6 is New Zealand’s leading hip-hop soul artist and in her own right, an emerging international star.
Highly decorated at home and abroad, Ladi6’s career, beginning with seminal all-girl crew Sheelahroc, is embossed with industry awards, considered critical acclaim, countless support slots alongside a who’s who of respected local and international music icons and tellingly, gold certified New Zealand sales of her 2008 debut long player Time IS Not Much (now available internationally via BBE Records). And having completed over sixty tour dates across Europe and the UK during the second and third quarters of 2010, with a view to return in 2011, she can now count amongst her friends and contemporaries Mayer Hawthorne, Masta Ace and …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/23/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Kellee Maize
Kellee’s mother always said, she “was dancing and singing before she could walk and talk”. She started singing and writing poetry and songs at a young age to entertain herself and escape reality. Despite incredibly loving parents, Kellee always had a bit of an “alien” mentality as she was one of two people she knew until age 18 that was adopted. To this day she knows almost nothing of her biological family.
Kellee moved to Pittsburgh in her late teens with the dream of changing the world. She learned more about the negative sides of our society through study at the University of Pittsburgh and Hip Hop was solidified as her passion and outlet for activism. She also experienced watching her mother go through a near death bout with cancer …