Despite the fact that my partner is a DJ, I don’t listen to a lot of music.
If I did, Hip Hop wouldn’t be at the top of my list. So reading “Misogyny and the Emcee – Sex, Race & Hip Hop” by Ewuare X. Osayande is an education on many fronts.
This book is a collection of Ewuare’s, written and published over the last 10 years. They all challenge the sexism and racism in Hip Hop lyrics and actions in videos that verbally and physically assault Black women. His point in the introduction is that Black men have to step up against this sexism and racism that is destroying the community. The Feminist Review calls it a “brilliantly concise collection of essays”!
My favourite essay so far is “A Wifebeater is not an Undershirt”. It’s a catchy title and his point is well made: “It is this casual indifference to gender injustice that creates the cloud of fear that many Black women live under”.
Looking forward to meeting and chatting with Ewuare on Sunday June 12th from 3-5pm EST at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Can’t join us? Watch it online via livestream at 3:30pm EST at www.facingout.ca.