Monday, March 31st
Who is the I?: Shifting the Hip Hop Framework on Sexuality and Identity
The University of the District of Columbia | 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW-WDC, Bldg 41, Room A03 | 6PM-8PM
Long known for its heterosexual overtones, Hip Hop in the 21st century is being challenged to come into a more realistic understanding of shifting sexual norms specifically, as it relates to heteronormativity, sexual identity, race and gender roles in Hip Hop. How does the fan’s proximity to black masculinity enable or restrict her or his access to Hip Hop culture? The conversation will explore the monuments and myths at the intersection of sex, race, and gender performance in Hip Hop and discuss the hegemony, the alienation, and the fierce forms of expression that are emerging out of this space.
Moderated by: Jay E. Morrow
Panelists: DJ Heat | Renina Jarmon | Shanté Paradigm Smalls |Y-Love
About the panelists:
Jay E. Morrow (Bio coming soon) Twitter: @jamorr
Renina Jarmon is an author, blogger, doctoral student and Women’s Studies instructor at the University of Maryland. Her new book “Black Girls are from the Future: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture” explores a broad range of topics from feminism and hip hop to black women’s hair politics. As a scholar her work focuses on Black women’s sexuality in pop culture and digital storytelling. She is originally from Oakland, California and she really loves tacos. Twitter: @ReninaWrites | Website: http://newmodelminority.com
Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, a hip hop head, and a hip hop artist. She received her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in September 2011. Her book project, Hip Hop Heresies: New York City’s Queer Aesthetics, uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offer “queer articulations” of race, gender, and sexuality. Twitter: @shanteparadigm | Tumbler: shanteparadigm.tumblr.com.
DJ Heat is a spotlight of positivity in the literal and figurative darkness of nightclub culture, DJ Heat (Nicole Mosley) is a champion of Washington, DC area music as well as a noted national disc jockey. Currently an on-air personality for WPGC 95.5’s morning show, Heat is also a member of the Core DJs and as well, the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning DC Metropolitan area hip-hop blog DCMumboSauce.com. With regular gigs spinning at a plethora of top DC nightspots, she is truly one of the busiest women in arguably America’s most re-ascendant city. Twitter: @DJHeatDC | Website: www.djheatdc.com
Yitz Jordan, better known by his stage name Y-Love, is a hip hop artist and advocate for equality. As an openly gay, Orthodox Jew, Y-Love rhymes in a mixture of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Latin and Aramaic, often covering social, political and religious themes. Twitter: @ylove | Website: www.thisiswhylove.com