Welcome to the Gender Across Borders series on hip hop, resistance, and feminism. This series focuses on hip hop and its interactions with patriarchy, racism, and other forms of oppression — both within and outside the mainstream pop world. From Nicki Minaj and gender-bending to resistance movements in Mali, this series reveals the varying faces and voices of hip hop. While the authors focus on different moments and methods of resistance, they all unite around a common belief in hip hop as a revolutionary form of communication — one that has the power to carry messages of resistance against occupation, poverty, and structural violence. While some voices enforce the status quo, others “bring wreck to the patriarchy,” opening up the possibility of a more just world.
The series will run today and tomorrow (February 5 and 6). Enjoy!
Go to the Gender Across Borders main page to see the series, or click on the following posts:
- It’s Worldwide, Y’all, by Heather Day
- This is Our World: Hip-Hop’s Historical Resistance to Systems of Oppression, by Angela Martinez Dy
- My Definition: Hip Hop Feminism, by Kemba King
- Part 1/3: Nicki Minaj and the Paradox of Hip Hop Feminism, by Menda Francois
- Part 2/3: LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl,” by Menda Francois
- Part 3/3: Nicki Minaj Responds to LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl,” by Menda Francois
Video: Sabreena Da Witch (Abeer Alzinaty), Palestinian hip hop artist