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Unit Seven Assignment (#2 of 3)

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This assignment is connected to a playlist that is part of the Black Women's Rhetoric Project (see http://blackwomenrhetproject.org). This particular assignment is for the second day of students' study on rhetoric and black women in Hip Hop (unit seven).

On this second day of unit seven, students have THREE playlists to choose from. This is the SECOND playlist that features Female MCs through the lens of Marcyliena Morgan's and Gwendolyn Pough's writings. The list of artists corresponds with the class readings of Morgan's "Hip Hop Women Shredding the Veil: Race and Class in Popular Feminist Identity" and Pough's _Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop, and the Public Sphere_ (with a focus on chapter three). Morgan and Pough take us on a journey of the key moments in Hip Hop history, as constructed by female MCs, so this assignment provides something like the soundtrack to the week's readings.

As you will see, there was never a moment in Hip Hop where black women were not there (see playlist #1 for Unit Seven to see graf writers, bgirls, and DJs). The list of artists on the playlist starts with Sherri-Sher of the Mercedes Ladies and ends with two spoken word artists: jessica Care moore and Sarah Jones. Moore's poem challenges the misogyny of Hip Hop while claiming her full role as a hiphoppa; Jones is the infamous poet whose piece speaking out against sexist lyrics was played on college radio and flagged as inappropriate by the FCC.

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Unit Seven Assignment (#2 of 3)

  1. 1. Black Women’s Rhetoric Projecthttp:// blackwomenrhetproject.orgUnit Seven:Hip Hop WomenFor thisassignment, youhave THREEplaylists tochoose from.This is theplaylist thatfeatures Emcees.Watch the entire playlist. Come toclass ready to discuss:1. Which video on the playlist spokemost to you and why?2. How and why is this rhetoric?How and why is this blackwomen’s rhetoric?3. What connections can you maketo the rest of the semester?No writing is due. Just come to classready to discuss your responsesto these three questions.
  2. 2. "Ladies First": A Sonic & VisualHistory of Black Female MCsThis playlist opens with Sherri-Sher of the Mercedes Ladiesand corresponds with the classreadings of MarcylienaMorgans "Hip Hop WomenShredding the Veil: Race andClass in Popular FeministIdentity" and GwendolynPoughsCheck It While I WreckIt: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop,and the Public Sphere (with afocus on chapter three).Dr. Marcyliena Morgan
  3. 3. "Ladies First": A Sonic & VisualHistory of Black Female MCsMorgan and Pough take you ona journey of the keymoments in Hip Hop history,as constructed by femaleMCs. This playlist issomething like thesoundtrack to the weeksreadings so that we canrightly place Hip Hop womeninto our study of blackwomens rhetoric.Dr. Gwendolyn Pough
  4. 4. Sherri-Sher& Mercedes Ladies
  5. 5. US Girls
  6. 6. The Sequence
  7. 7. Finesse&Synquis
  8. 8. JJ Fad
  9. 9. Pebblee-Poo
  10. 10. Roxanne Shanté
  11. 11. Salt-n-Pepa
  12. 12. SweetTee&JazzyJoyce
  13. 13. Queen Latifah …and Monie Love
  14. 14. MC Lyte
  15. 15. BWP
  16. 16. YO YO
  17. 17. Boss
  18. 18. Isis
  19. 19. Eve
  20. 20. Rah Digga
  21. 21. MissyElliot
  22. 22. LadyofRage
  23. 23. Medusa
  24. 24. Da Brat
  25. 25. Lil Kim
  26. 26. Mystic
  27. 27. LaurynHill
  28. 28. FoxyBrown
  29. 29. And we end the the playlist with two spoken word performances:Jessica Care moore“I’m a Hip Hop Cheerleader”
  30. 30. Sarah Jones“Your revolution willnot happen betweenthese thighs”
  31. 31. Black Women’s Rhetoric Projecthttp:// blackwomenrhetproject.orgUnit Seven:Hip Hop WomenFor thisassignment, youhave THREEplaylists tochoose from.This is theplaylist thatfeatures Emcees.Watch the entire playlist. Come toclass ready to discuss:1. Which video on the playlist spokemost to you and why?2. How and why is this rhetoric?How and why is this blackwomen’s rhetoric?3. What connections can you maketo the rest of the semester?No writing is due. Just come to classready to discuss your responsesto these three questions.

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