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.
Tonight (Thursday May 26th) at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto an important anthology 7 years in the making will be launched.
The Revolution Starts at Home is a collection of work that explores a topic that needs to be talked about, but often isn’t. The book’s subtitle says it all: “Confronting Violence Within Activist Communities.”
Edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, the collection explores issues such as abusive high-profile activist partners, abuse within groups designed to support and protect against it, the often isolating results of speaking out, the often not-so-helpful ways we try to heal and support each other, among others.
You can read more at their blog: http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/the-revolution-starts-at-home-anthology-is-out-on-the-road/
Want be part of the launch celebration tonight?
Come to the Gladstone Hotel!
The doors open at 7pm and Syrus will spinning.
At about 7:30 the launch will officially begin with drumming, followed by an introduction to the collection, readings of excerpts from contributors to the anthology, and a Q&A. There will be an ASL interpreter for the duration of this portion of the evening!
Following this, there will be more awesome DJing by Syrus, as well as a book signing and of course the opportunity to buy books!
Can’t make it, but wish you could?
Watch online at 7:30pm EST through the FacingOut Livestream.
And you can pick up a copy of the book at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore.
Spread the Word!
Hope you can make it, either way.