Hip-Hop Education Center & Lincoln Center Collaborate to Celebrate Women in Hip-Hop

The Hip-Hop Education Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) will present the inaugural Fresh, Bold & So Def Symposium: A Tribute to Women in Hip-Hop on April 5 at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. This will be the first conference of the three-part series that will spotlight the often-unsung heroines who have played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of Hip-Hop culture.

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The mission of the Hip-Hop Education Center is to empower individuals and communities by catalyzing social change and equity through research, curated curricula, collaborative programming, career and leadership training, and the development of a living archive. 

The Fresh, Bold & So Def Symposium aims to showcase the rich tapestry of talent and innovation that these trailblazing women offers in a male-dominated industry as a means of empowering future and seasoned artistic leaders to push Hip-Hop culture forward with new perspectives and daring insight, backed by prominent leaders in the community.

“The Hip-Hop Education Center is extremely proud to elevate the achievements and contributions of women in Hip-Hop at one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in our country,” Martha Diaz, the Chief Curator for Hip-Hop Education Center shared, “Having a platform where our history is honored and can be shared, documented, and made accessible to the masses is not only monumental, it is empowering!” She added. 

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The morning sessions will focus on mostly educating local high school students on the elements of Hip-Hop culture through hands-on workshops, a career cipher, and more, while the afternoon symposium, tailored to industry professionals, will offer panel discussions, fireside chats, performances, and networking opportunities.

The inaugural celebration will include over seven different panels that will include the DiSRUPTERS: Women Who Dare To Be Different, the first panel moderated by author and journalist Kathy Iandoli on paving new career pathways with trailblazers Erica Ford, founder of violence prevention organization LIFE Camp, also a renowned graffiti artist and designer Claw Money, legendary DJ and radio host Jazzy Joyce, and Rosa Clemente, the first Afro-Latina to run for Vice-President of the United States on the Green Party ticket. 

BOSS UP! The Art of Negotiation, will be a lecture with Wendy Day, the founder of the Rap Coalition, a not-for-profit organization helping artists navigate the industry more advantageously. GAME CHANGERS: Trailblazer Mentoring The Next Generation of Girls & Women in Hip-Hop, featuring legendary stylist and fashion designer Misa Hylton of Misa Hylton Fashion Academy, Tiffany Miranda of Girls Make Beats, Ladies of Hip-Hop founder Michele Byrd-McPhee, music industry veteran Sophia Chang of Unlock Her Potential, and Shyvonne Sanganoo of Lower East Side Girls Club.  

Straighten Your Crown: Staying Grounded and Centered in Self-care, a fireside chat with artist and Hip-Hop ambassador Toni Blackman and music industry executive Shanti Das on how community and mental health affect quality of life

Blow the Whistle: Culture Shifting Women, will be a panel discussion on navigating misogyny in the culture with filmmaker and scholar Rachel Raimist, pioneering MC and author Sheri Sher of the Mercedes Ladies, Elizabeth Mendez-Berry, Vice President and Executive Editor of One World, May Praseuth, Founder and Executive Director of The Good Foot Arts Collective, Juana Sperling of female rap group JJ Fad, and writer and producer Kim Osorio

Mic Check: First Ladies Cypher, a fireside chat with pioneering MCs Sha-Rock, Pebblee Poo, Debbie D, and Lisa Lee, moderated by Martha Diaz

The award winning journalist Dr. Joan Morgan will present Hip-Hop Feminist Futurism and later fans will be able to participate in workshops rooted in breaking, beat-making, graffiti, and oral history with Community for Urban Dance & Art, Girls Make Beats, Ladies Love Project, and Lower East Side Girls Club. The panel will host performances by Ladies of Hip-Hop and Full Circle Souljahs of world-renowned Hip-Hop dance duo Kwikstep and Rokafella. 

Fresh, Bold & So Def Symposium will take place on April 5, 2024, inside Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Tickets are Choose-What-You-Pay and go on sale on February 22, and fans can view the full schedule by visiting  LincolnCenter.org/SoDef.

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