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Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip-Hop Feminist

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bella anderson

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip-Hop Feminist

Can I Get a Witness? Testimony from a Hip-Hop Feminist
"I used to think that I missed my time. Thought I was meant to have come to age in the sixties when I could've been a Panther Freedom Fighter, challenging the pigs alongside Assata, Angela, and Kathleen" (382).
"We Need to be cognizant of the power in this music and of how we are representing ourselves on a global scale and on the historical record. These examples demonstrate how wide open the field is for sisters of the hip hop generation to address the constantly shift of space women occupy. But these areas of concern should not be solely relegated to the Black feminist body of work. Hip hop activists, intellectuals, and artists all need to take a leading role in confronting the fragmenting issues our generation deals with" (393).
Jamila's article, "Can I Get a Witness?" conveys a woman's journey of finding her voice in different aspects of her life. Either she is really educated or not "black enough." She uses as a hip-hop as an outlet of expressing her opinions in a generation where pop culture is starting to impact the youth.

Angel Haze "Same Love"
Shani Jamlia
* Artist, Cultural Worker, and Human Rights Activist
*Traveled to 35 countries over five continents
*Believes in art’s power to transform lives and has devoted many years to providing the creative vision and content of programs that service that mission

"It is incumbent upon us as Hip-Hop Feminists not to be complacent in the work that has come before us...For example, some people think that it is an oxymoron when I juxtapose a term like feminism alongside a genre of music that has been assailed for its misogyny. It seems obvious to me, however, that just as the shape of what we're fighting has changed, we need to examine as a community of activists have changed as well. Hip hop is the dominant influence on our generation" (391).
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