Black Cultural Center

February 16, 2007

Black Cultural Center town hall to focus on hip hop, women

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Black Cultural Center will bring in some of the nation's leading hip-hop intellectuals, activists and authors to discuss "Does Hip Hop Hate Women? A Community Dialogue."

The town hall format meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 5 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Bakari Kitwana
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"The gender crisis facing the hip-hop generation is a major hot-button issue for those both outside and within the hip-hop community," said BCC director Renee Thomas. "The community dialogue on hip hop and gender will provide a safe, healthy forum for Purdue students and the community to participate in the discussion."

Audience members will take part in a comprehensive discussion of hip hop's gender crisis that touches on each of the following:

* Hip hop's impact on the self-image of an entire generation of girls.

* The connections between domestic violence and hip hop's popular culture messages.

* How the popular images and representations associated with hip hop affect the culture's perception in the larger society and world.

* The misogyny and homophobic behavior in our national culture that predates hip hop's emergence.

"This is the first time we've tried this format, and we're hoping to get a lively discussion between our community and these highly sought-after individuals who are experts in an art form that often is controversial," Thomas said. "This new multifaceted approach will engage the entire audience. The issues involved with hip hop include not only gender but race, and the discussion should be educational as well as enlightening."

The discussion will be moderated by Bakari Kitwana, author and co-founder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention. Panelists include Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, author of "The Black Feminist Reader"; Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down"; Raquel Rivera, author of "New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone"; and Mark Anthony Neal, author of "New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity," "That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader" and several other books.

For information, call the Black Cultural Center at (765) 494-3092.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3091, rathomas@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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