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Posted on October 9th, 2010 – By Bossip StaffCategories: A “Lil Positivity”, Chrisette Michele, News

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Chrisette Michele at the Source Hip-Hop 4 Education event

Last weekend while Atlanta played host to the BET HipHopAwards, The Source sponsored several events, including the “Follow The Leader & Saving Our Daughters Hip-Hop 4 Education Initiative.” Hosted by Grammy Award Winner Chrisette Michele and Comedian Rodney Perry, the goal of the Hip-Hop 4 Education initiative is to create events nationwide to examine and discuss Hip-Hop and its impact on education in inner-city schools.

The Source screened the short-film version of the documentary “Follow The Leader” that focuses on Hip-Hop and sheds light on its impact on education in inner-city schools.

Jacida Carter, Mack Maine, Birdman and Bonsu Thompson

Documentary ‘Follow The Leader’ Screening At Clark Atlanta University

Posted by 365voice in Movies on Sep 29th, 2010 | one response

It’s always great to hear the positive things that Hip Hop music does for the community. This is a great example of Hip Hop inspiring kids to do better. ‘Follow The Leader’ which is being screened this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at Clark Atlanta University details the story of Jineea Butler who realizing the difficulty students were having relating to educational material decided to use Hip Hop to inspire kids and teach them life kids through Social Services of Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop Union.

All of this caught the attention of filmmakers David Ambrose, John Mailer and Jerry Bagley, but rather then let us tell you read the discussion the filmakers had about the inspiration for the film:

Jineea, explain how Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union helped students develop better educational and life skills.

Jineea: In Social Services of Hip Hop, we identify problems that affect the growth of students.

So essentially what I end up doing is creating and developing programming that details these certain issues. A lot of time it looks like I’m jumping around in the film, but we provide encouragement through the use of hip-hop.

How were you all introduced to this story?

David: I stuck up a conversation with an older gentleman in Manhattan and he there was someone who would like to have a documentary made about them. I later met Jineea and she told me this incredible story and it was totally up my alley. I was fascinated by this. So here we are a few years later.

John: I’ve been working with David since we were 5 years old. He told me about the project and it made sense for me to come on formally and take a role.

What touched you the most about this story?

John: It’s just a very practical way to start a national movement through educating kids through their own language. By using speech and pop culture, Jineea is someone who can fill that gap that seems to hold some kids back.

Jerry: What really stuck out to me about this film was that a lot of people were talking about education. At that point, President Obama was talking about education reform. I heard about the premise of the film and liked what Jineea stood for. In Follow the Leader, Jineea is the leader. She is one woman who brings all of these elements together to introduce hip-hop curriculum to schools. So when I saw that, I found it intriguing to see how kids really do identify with music and hip-hop.


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 project


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.

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