Coming in October:

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Founded byMitzi Miller of Honey Magazine, author Joan Morgan, DJ Beverly Bond, journalist, Kenya Hunt, and my homegirl, the brilliant writer/journalist Margeaux Watson Black Girls Rock! Inc’s mission is to promote discussion and awareness of the ways women of color are portrayed in mainstream media to at risk teenage girls.

So anyway come check out this discussion at the Museum of The City of New York on:

Friday • October 5 • 7:00 PM
Community Dialogue on Hip Hop: Does Hip Hop Hate Women?

Hosted by Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock! Inc., and moderated by Bakari Kitwana of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, this discussion of the gender crisis facing the hip-hop generation features intellectuals and activists including Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University; Joan Morgan, author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist (Simon & Schuster, 1999); M-1, aka Mutulu Olugabala, rapper and activist; Byron Hurt, director of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes; and Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University. Presented by Black Girls Rock! in conjunction with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Weekend.

Free event, reservations required. For more information please call 212.534.1672, ext. 3395.

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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will be hosting the Black Panther Rank and File traveling exhibit at its on-campus Decker and Meyerhoff galleries. The month-long exhibit, which will open Nov. 8 and run through Dec. 16, will be an in-depth, multimedia examination of the Black Panther Party, its impact on American culture and politics and its legacy. From the press release:

Black Panther Rank and File, a major traveling exhibition at MICA, takes a multi-faceted look at one of the 20th century’s most controversial and inspirational organizations. Showcasing never-before-released historical documents, recordings, archival, and seminal historical photographs with contemporary works of art by over 70 luminaries, this dynamic presentation examines the role that the Party played in shaping artistic and political thought during the Black Renaissance art movements of the 1970s through the present. Artists featured in the exhibition include Joseph Bueys, Kerry James Marshall, Coco Fusco, Sam Durant, Margaret Bourke-White, Roberto Visani, Elizabeth Catlett, Emory Douglas, and Ilka Hartmann among others.

Coinciding with the exhibition, MICA hosts a film series, an artist talk and book signing, curricular activities, and a one-day, two-part symposium—an intense panel discussion featuring Black Panthers, educators, and historians from Baltimore and across the nation, and a live telephone conversation with Marshall “Eddie” Conway, incarcerated Black Panther Party member.

The film series, which MICA will screen during October in conjunction with the Maryland Film Festival during its annual Free Fall Baltimore series, includes The Murder of Fred Hampton, A Panther in Africa, Public Enemy, and Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther.

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