B out...This Week(end)!

Even though we're detoxing, we hope you'll continue the fun.

When: Thursday Oct. 4thth 6pm-12 MIDNIGHT
Where: Aspen (30 West 22nd Street btw. 5th & 6th Aves.)
Why: Cute spot - FREE ENTRY!

What: NYquil: The V.S. Edition
When: Thursday Oct. 4th 9pm
Where: The Vault (East Houston & Essex St.)
Why: For those in the "swagger" movement. Variety is key.

PRESENTS..."A community dialogue on HIP HOP…"Does Hip-Hop Hate Women?"
When: Friday October 5th 2007 7:00pm
Where: The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue NYC 10029
Why: Admission is Free with RSVP to 212-534-1672 x3395 (Also, see below.)

Over the last 30 years, hip-hop culture has proven itself to be a positive force in the lives of youth relative to art, business and social activism. Despite these constructive influences, arguably the most well-known fact about the culture today is its lyrics and music videos that degrade women. In fact, for many, the term hip-hop, in the last decade, has become synonymous with misogyny. As hip-hop is the defining culture in the lives of American youth, naturally the question arises, "how is it shaping the new war of the sexes?"

The gender crisis facing the hip-hop generation is a major hot button issue for those both outside and within the hip-hop community. This Community Dialogue on Hip-Hop and Gender hopes to provide a public forum where young people can began to think through the issues:
* How is hip-hop contributing to the misogyny in our national culture?
* How do degrading images of women affect women, girls, men and boys?
* What are hip-hop artists and activists presenting as alternatives to the dominant representations?

The goals this town hall style meeting conducted by leading hip-hop intellectuals and activists is to help young people think through the range of issues associated with this dilemma; place on the table the tensions and animosities between young men and women that some hip-hop music exacerbates; and finally, present youth with viable strategies they can implement in their personal lives and organizations.


Beverly Bond, world renowned celebrity hip hop DJ and Founder/President of Black Girls Rock! Inc.


Bakari Kitwana, Co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention and the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture (Basic Books, 2002). Bakari is also the former executive editor of The Source Magazine.


Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University Black popular culture professor and author of four books including New Blackman.

Joan Morgan, Hip-Hop Journalist author of the groundbreaking When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist. Joan also sits on the Board of Directors for Black Girls Rock! Inc.

M-1, aka Mutulu Olugabala, Rapper, activist and author known for his work as one half of critically acclaimed political hip-hop duo Dead Prez.

Helen Little, Program Director at Power 105.1FM and acclaimed music director and on-air personality.

Professor Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Director of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University and author of the forthcoming Pimps Up, Hos Down: Hip Hop and the New Gender Politics.

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