Amiguitos de La Peña Presents: Asheba
- La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Hip Hop Beyond Gender Series 2013
Hip Hop Beyond Gender is a five-part events series that features performances and workshops showcasing the cutting-edge music and art of women and trans Hip Hop artists. Mainstream hip hop may be lacking in female and trans artists, but La Peña, in collaboration with visionary emcee Tru Bloo, seek to prove that hip hop culture is alive and well amongst all genders. Hip Hop Beyond Gender illuminates the inherent connection between Hip Hop Culture and the struggle against misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia. Each event will showcase the impact of music and art by women and transgender people in the hip hop movement.
Event Horizon is the second event of the HHBG Series proving that Hip Hop can transcend the Hip-Hop binary and showcase more complex ideologies and identities. Traditional Hip-hop communities reflect the realities of world we live in: where women, queer, trans, and gender variant voices are often pushed out and silenced. The ultimate critique of this hate, invisibilizing, and misrepresentation is to embody the solutions we want to see. We do this by creating spaces like Event Horizon and Hip-Hop Beyond Gender. If you want women, queer, trans, and gender variant hip hop artists to work towards inclusivity in hip hop you must support them.
Invincible is sometimes compared to fellow Detroit rapper Eminem on account of their verbal astuteness and spitfire wordplay, but the comparisons stop there. Invincible's vision and work surpass any mainstream hip hop artist in terms of social progression and change. Invincible's community activism work is just as prominent as their hip hop career and the two are inextricably linked. Invincible is the co-founder of EMERGENCE Media, and released their debut album ShapeShifters (2008), produced award winning videos like The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop, and Locusts (2008) exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit and well as being a fellow of Kresge Arts in Detroit and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.
Formed in 1999, Las Krudas is a Cuban hip hop duo, raperas, that brought the female voice to the beginning of hip hop in Cuba. Las Krudas, have received a lot of attention in numerous documentaries and dissertations for their open homosexual identity. Their feminist lyrics and performance battle machismo and celebrate the power and beauty of women of color. They have earned international acclaim performing, recording, speaking, and touring in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, bringing Cubensi hip hop, dance-hall, cumbia, old and new school beats from around the world laced with their extraordinary Afro-Caribbean rebel lyrics and indomitable voices to empower communities.
Micah Domingo, discovered his love and talent for hip hop while attending Boston University, and from there he began performing and produced what many call, the gay hip hop anthem, "Did It On 'Em". Micah takes the beats and melodies from popular hip hop anthems and transforms them from the superficial and frivolous to to discussing the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being queer in the world. His fan site describes his lyrics, "Micah attempts to capture raw emotions through lyrics that cut the skin, and peel back all the layers, to reveal the blood and guts of what it means to be human." He himself claims “For me, hip-hop is the music of struggle,” he says, “fighting to stay above water.”
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.
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