Culture as Capital: How We use Hip Hop to ReClaim Representations of Women in Hip Hop: A critical discussion of community cultural wealth.
Date & Time: Sat, March 07, 2020 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
LOCATION: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI 48201
Presented by @wefoundhiphop
Our All Woman Band lead by Musical Director Aisha Ellis consists of
* Aisha Ellis: Drums
* Libby Palackdharry: Bass
* Jay Saenz: Guitar
* Pamela Wise: Keys, Kresge Award Winning Jazz Pianist.
Featured Live Performances Charity and several of Detroit’s Incredible Artists: Frankie P, Sanaa Su, Ellie Sandiego, & DJ Problematic Black Hottie.
- 1:00pm: Doors
- 1:00pm-2:00pm: Music by DJ Problematic Black Hottie
- 2:00pm: Documentary Film
- 2:30pm: Discussion
- 3:00pm-5:00pm: Concert
- 4:45pm-5:00pm: Open Mic Cipher
- Following the performance guests have an opportunity to interact with the Artists and purchase their merchandise.
Discussion: Lead by Piper Carter & Nina Payne (both co-Founders of We Found Hip Hop: “The Foundation: Celebrating Women in Hip Hop”). Entertainment Attorney Stephanie Hammonds and Marketing Specialist Esther Kim discuss Doing Entertainment as Business in Detroit in the 21st Century.
Media shown: Detroit Women In Hip Hop, a short documentary by Piper Carter. This candid film serves as a glimpse of an ongoing dialogue with women who identify as Hip Hop Artists who have been a part of building this movement. It provides an opportunity and platform for people to address, discuss, and challenge their feelings on Hip-Hop and the way they are receiving messages in culture.
This event will offer a portrayal of women in media that is counter to the sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination that is often the norm. It will inform and empower Women and Girls through media clips, performance, and a discussion.
Hip Hop’s emergence in global cities through multiple, devastating wars (psychological, physical, and cultural) answers and questions global economic restructuring of our communities. This presentation brings together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations about Women of color and women of color feminisms across Hip Hop’s cultural forms.
Using Media to address the role, images, and treatment of women in Hip-Hop we critique and disrupt status quo narratives and present investigations about value systems and structures of violence and human value, the politics of aesthetics, and women of color feminism. Participants walk away with a greater understanding of the value of women in Hip Hop as a culture across disciplines.: Art (Graffiti/StreetArt etc.), Dance (B-Girling), Technology (DJing/Music Production/Video), Words (Emceeing/FreeStyling/Writing/Rhyming/Poetry), and Culture (the Knowledge Element of reading, observing video and listening to audio media, discussion)
This program presented by The Education Department of The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and is open to all ages, teens, adults, students, professors, faculty, and community are welcome. This session will be a general discussion around some of the popular/mainstream images of Women that we see or hear on a daily basis. We will present about some of the work we have been doing with Women involved to provide a different perspective or point-of-view that a lot of the people won’t necessarily know about. We will also incorporate different multi-media, videos and music clips, to emphasize certain points and frame the conversation. A healthy question and answer period will be offered following the presentation.
About The We Found Hip Hop:
Wondering where all the women in Hip Hop had gone, Piper Carter along with Legendary Detroit Emcees Miz Korona & Invincible decided to be proactive and honor the contributions of Women in Hip-Hop in a weekly event they created in 2009 called “The Foundation: Celebrating Women in Hip Hop”. That no-misogyny open-mic went on for 5 years strong growing into what is now a social enterprise organization called We Found Hip Hop L3C that is co-owned by Nina Payne of Foundation Management.
The social impact of Hip Hop is a cultural revolution which crosses borders, inspires ideas & influences behaviors. Encouraging freedom of expression, healthy competition, independent thought, & positive self-identity, this weekly event evolved into a movement focusing on redefining the vital role of Women in Hip Hop.
Our mission is to educate and empower the community through sharing love of the arts, inspire change and growth, build leadership, and influence the perceptions and roles of women in Hip Hop for current and future generations.
We Found Hip Hop brings international, national and local girls and women together in Detroit through music, dance, visual & performing arts, fashion, film, with emphasis on Hip Hop specific media: Open Mic, Freestyle Cipher, Graffiti, to present a series of showcases, performances and workshops supporting, and creating empowering images of Women.
Youtube: We Found Hip Hop
SoundCloud: We Found Hip Hop
About Piper Carter:
Piper Carter is co-Founder of We Found Hip Hop (The Foundation, uplifting, celebrating, and supporting Women in Hip Hop create and build careers in a safer environment). She lives inside Detroit city. She is a Community Organizer in the Arts & Culture, Entertainment Justice, Education Justice, Maker Space, Environmental Justice, & Food Justice, communities. She is also Host of the Piper Carter Podcast on the Detroit is Different podcast network where she discusses Social Justice and Hip Hop to a world wide audience.
About Nina Payne:
Nina Payne is not only a co-Owner of We Found Hip Hop She is also a seasoned professional with over 20+ years in the Events & Entertainment Industries, she had the opportunity to travel the globe managing all aspects of various events, projects and people. Project Producers, LLC hired Nina Payne of Foundation Management LLC initially as a Road Manager to Motown Recording Artist, KEM. The contract soon progressed to managing various Events & Projects, while working as day to day manager with various national artists. Currently Nina is a Corporate Event Manager. Her Company is Foundation Management, LLC.
Facebook: Foundation Management LLC
About Aisha Ellis:
Detroit native Aisha “Time Keepa” Ellis is a drummer, percussionist, song-writer, dancer, choreographer and instructor. She comes from a tutelage of many of Detroit’s legendary artists such as Dwight Boswell, Charlie Bannister, Teddy Harris, Kim Weston, Ernest Rodgers, Amen-Ra, Omowale and AAACS African Drum and Dance Troupes. Currently she is the drummer/dancer for multiple groups like Mollywop, Paul Lamb and The Detroit BreakDown and is also the music director for the We Found Hip-Hip all women band while doing other freelance work with other great musicians and DJ’s. Aisha is a dancer and instructor with local area dance communities like Heritage Works, House of Bastet, Djembefola and more. She has been awarded with the Gilda Snowden grant through the Kresge Foundation in June 2018 and most recently she has received the Art X Detroit award also through the Kresge Foundation in March of 2019 and presented her project Beautiful Places and Freedom Spaces that was expressed through the backdrop of live music, spoken word, sign language and visual arts to explore the injustices faced by underserved/marginalized communities concerning pollution, water shut-offs, housing instability etc. using survival skills demonstrations to imagine and create temporary and long term sustainable solutions.
IG/Twitter: @aishaondrums Facebook: Aisha Ellis
About Pamela Wise:
Pianist, composer, and 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow Awardee, 2019 Art XD Kresge Awardee, Pamela Wise Harrison’s music comes from the motivation, inspiration, passion and vision of tracing the music of her African ancestors. Drum rhythms and patterns are the basis of her work, with a specific focus on West Africa, including Congo, Mali, Benin and Nigeria. Her work is often polyrhythmic, utilizing odd meter time signatures and identifiable elements in African Music. Pamela has multiple internationally-recognized albums to her credit, including, A NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBE (2017) KINDRED SPIRITS (2015) PAMELA’S CLUB (2007) NEGRE CON LECHE (2002) and SONGO FESTIVIDAD (1994). Pamela’s work has been showcased on collaborative works with saxophonist Dave McMurray, Violinist Regina Carter, Saxophonist Wendell Harrison and vocalist Naima Shamborguer. Her compositions have twice earned her the Creative Artist Award from the Arts foundation of Michigan.
About Esther Kim:
Esther Kim is a graphic designer & marketing specialist in the cosmeceuticals industry, artist and activist. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. A minimalist at heart, a large part of designing is making sense of chaos. Her approach to design is part Kon Mari method where she takes a human-centric approach to whatever problem and creating the “joy spark” which is the firebrand of all things desirable. She believes design is human-centered where we empathize with people and solve problems by holding human needs and behaviors at the core. She is currently one of the co-founders and the production lead & strategist for the Asian American group Over the Moon Detroit. Over the Moon, is a collective of creatives in Detroit, bringing one of the world’s most important holidays, the Lunar New Year, to the city as a way to honor and spark greater visibility to Asian movers, doers and shakers in the city.
About Sanaa Su:
Sanaa Su is an all around creative from the west side of Detroit. She has newly channeled her life through song and spoken word aiming to captivate the truth in others as she finds truth within herself. Inspired by musically by mother legends like Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu and new comers like Sza and Oshun, just to name a few. Sanaa Su’s music is a reflection of her mind, it’s beauty and struggles, and leaves messages to her community. Each song is an invitation for them to watch her life’s journey and also to encourage movement in their own.