"We Live in a Hip Hop Culture": Tracy Wright & Althea Hart on using hip hop to discuss sexual and domestic violence

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A few months ago, I had the chance to attend a presentation at the Roots of Change conference called "Hip Hop and its Exploitation of Communities of Color" by Tracy Wright from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Althea Hart from the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The way Tracy and Althea used hip hop to address sexual and domestic violence issues was engaging, entertaining, and left me wanting to hear more from this dynamic duo. Lucky for me (and you!) they agreed to record a Bitch Radio podcast about their work. Listen in as they discuss Jay-Z's "Glory," the history of female emcees, and strategies for using hip hop and pop culture in conversations about sexual and domestic violence.


Transcript available here

A bit more about Althea and Tracy:

Althea Hart is the Technical Assistance Specialist with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She holds a Master of Science in Education Degree from Jackson State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Tougaloo College. She has worked as a training and resource coordinator, program coordinator, and learning specialist around the issue of sexual assault prevention. You can get in touch with her here.

Tracy Wright is the National Resource Sharing Project Coordinator with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She holds a Master of Science Degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Bachelor of Arts from Shaw University. She has worked as a mental health professional, adjunct professor, and communication coordinator. You can get in touch with her here.

You can listen to the podcast right here, or download it on iTunes. It's also available at archive.org

Intro/outro music: "Glory" by Jay-Z featuring B.I.C.

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This was one of the best Popcast from Bitch media!

I can't even describe how good this is. It was informative and awesome!

Thanks!

Thanks edgy! I loved talking to Tracy and Althea. I can't wait to have them back for another podcast!

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Good Job!

I really liked how you just facilitated the conversation but didn't overpower them. Sometimes interviews become to much about the interviewer. Really, just a well done piece!

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Jean Grae

Can someone with better ears fill me in on the second of the two "indie" artists Althea talked about? Any artist getting mentioned in the same breath as Jean Grae is someone I want to hear.

Tiye Phoenix

She mentions Jean Grae and Tiye Phoenix: http://www.myspace.com/tiyephoenix

I agree—Jean Grae's awesome! I hadn't heard Tiye Phoenix before Althea mentioned her but I really like what I've listened to so far.

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Tracy and Althea using Hip

Tracy and Althea using Hip Hop to discuss sexual and domestic violence...Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. You both need to get this to Michelle O. @FarrierEmpire and @VFSincorporated

Diamonds on the Move

I wanted to take a moment to say this is exactly what I mean when I call Women of Color "Diamonds" . How these sisters reflect the gifts that we have been blessed with for others, for our youth, for our sisters of ALL races. To acknowledge these two amazing sisters that have come together to promote, recognize and STAND against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Hip Hop world, I hope your ready to join the FIGHT against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Diamond's are on the move and equipped for battle.

Thank you my sisters and thank you Bitch Media for providing the forum for these beautiful ladies.

Great listen to start the day!

Big thanks to Tracy and Althea for an awesome podcast. I loved listening to it this morning. Thanks also to Bitch Media for literally broadcasting this issue and being on the cutting edge of using technology to reach out to communities of color and our allies! I hope that everyone who hears this leaves with some "food for thought", because I know that I sure did.

What a fascinating subject

What a fascinating subject this is! I’m a huge music connoisseur, and at times, I think that we have become numb to the effects music can have on us until we are confronted with thought provokers such as Tracey and Althea. To revive us from this slumber, we either need to be reawakened by analyses of leaders like Tracey and Althea or we need to be tricked in to action by a video on YouTube, such as the 3- year-old boy singing and dancing to LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” as I was. Somehow this was considered cute…even if the lyrics, in part, say “I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it…” Great job, Althea and Tracey! The two of you have confirmed for me that I cannot allow myself or my children to blindly accept these lyrics without truly understanding what they mean and what it should mean to our family values.

If this is what you want, this is what you get

Going back to the late 1960's Marxist feminist educators have been working to destroy such things as Christianity, patriarchy, the traditional family unit, chivalry, fatherhood, capitalism, motherhood, etc.,....

Congratulations ladies! You've won the nuclear gender wars! However, the landscape that you've conquered is nothing more than a toxic wasteland of radioactive humanity and contaminated vegetation!

By destroying a social contract that was put in place, through trial and error over the centuries, you've removed every social firewall guarding you against unrestrained male sexual aggression. So from here on out, anything goes!

So nice work ladies! Over the past half century you've movement has proven to be nothing more than a gaggle of useful idiots fronting the genocidal agenda of a gang of misogynist international bankers and genocidal global social planners.

At this point, if you feminist ladies have a problem with today's hard-core rap music than you really need to take a hard look in the mirror! It was women like you who created these monsters, and now they're sticking it right back in your faces! As the song says:

If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get
If this is what you want, this is what you get ..............