Screening at Women’s Hip-hop Event

By fullcircle



Join us in Philadelphia in August for a screening and a panel discussion with Rokafella and Hip-h0p women entrepreneurs!!!

Michele and Rok at "B girl City" 08 BX

Michele and Rok at "B girl City" 08 BX

Michele Byrd-McPhee is the creator of the Ladies of Hip-Hop event
and director of Montazh Performing Arts Company, all female Hip-Hop
dance company. The organization is a local non-profit that produces
all kinds of events related to art and Hip-Hop culture. She started
Ladies of Hip-Hop in 2003. The Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, a week long
celebratory and educational festival of women in Hip-Hop culture.
This Philadelphia festival focuses on women and their relationship to
Hip-Hop culture. Traditionally, men have dominated all facets of the
hip-hop scene, but Ladies of Hip-Hop reverses this tradition and puts
women center stage for the entire event. The reason she started the
festival becaue there are just not enough ladies in this world doing
headspins , kickin rhymes, or graffiti art. That is a very simple way to
summarize the current state of affairs in the Hip-Hop culture. In Hip-
Hop culture as a whole, women are underrepresented, and the
representations shown are often are very negative, women are often
portrayed as objects that exist purely for sexual gratification. You
can reference almost any MTV hip-hop music video and female dancers
are repeatedly shown scantily clad, parading around male music
artists. This is relevant because girls and women are bombarded
everyday with an infinite number of negative images of women through
television, magazine, and almost every form media and Hip-Hop culture
has fallen subject to the same use of women. Hip-Hop culture has been
transformed into a global commodity and is used to sell every product
mentionable from Vitamin water to shoes and clothing. So, on a global
level popular culture is saying it is ok to treat and view women in
this undignified way and as a women, a mother, a wife, and a artist it
is my job to change that way of thinking. This event provides the
alternative. As a adult women in this culture she serves as a role model
and understand her responsibility to uplift, enlighten, and educate.

“My role in the Hip-Hop community, is the role of relationship builder,
connector and organizer. I have always been about community. If I
recognize a need I mobilize myself and others to facilitate change or
movement. With women in the Hip-Hop culture I try to bring awareness
of the history of women in Hip-Hop, build new strong communities and
organize to bring forward the the community as a whole. I am a very
independent and self-motivated person but sharing my talents with
someone who understands my experience and struggle is the reason I
continue to produce events and create work.

My goals of Ladies of Hip-Hop are really simple. I want to provide
women with opportunities to express and share their talents in a space
that is not driven by a male perspective. Within that goal is the want
provide another image of women in the Hip-Hop culture. I want change
the perspective of women in Hip-Hop culture by providing girls and
women with the other, positive and empowering images of women in Hip-
Hop. I started with dance as my inspiration but continue to build with
other artists and business women.

As artist, LOHH does embrace the concept of “freedom of speech”, but
of course we don’t want to be referred to as “bitches & hoes”. But
really the question is, “are we creating the music and art within the
culture so men are not speaking for us?”. You know how many men tell
me they are doing this dance piece about being a women in Hip-Hop and
I am like “really?”…. “How would you know?”. Those kind of
interactions make me know why events like LOHH is important. People
are going to always try and pigeon hole another group and we can’t
control that, but we can tell it OUR stories, so other people don,t!

LOHH is nostalgic! because as far as Hip-Hop has evolved the image or
idea of a women’s role in Hip-Hop has not progressed at that same
rate. I am not saying women get no reconiztion for our contribution,
but we get very little so it is hard for girls and women to create
professional careers around the culture if thier roles is precieved to
be one demisional . We have to bring the history of women’s
involvement and contribution to the forefront but we also embrace
emerging artists and their contribution.” 

We hope you join the All the Ladies Say team and Full Circle as we  show our support of a parallel

vision/mission and participate in the activities planned throughout the event.

Please mark your calendars and check their site for more details..

Filed in: Dancers, Film Production, News, On Tour • Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Documentary Trailer

Help Us Raise Funds!

show us love! All The Ladies Say, is a documentary project driven by grant funding and donations from people who believe in the project. If you can help us reach our funding goals to complete production, market the film and create educational outreach programs, please do contact us!

Some of our angels include:
The Ford Foundation, The Bronx Museum of Art, Marcy Garriott (Director - Inside the Circle), Momma's Hip- Hop Kitchen, Hip-hop Association, Bronx Council on the Arts


“All The Ladies Say” is a film that highlights the lives of six iconic female street dancers from San Jose, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago, who have carved a niche in the physically challenging, male dominated breakdance world. Discussions about motherhood, sexual tension, femininity versus masculinity and the rap industry/mainstream images are a few of the themes explored by the documentary’s main characters. International dancers not only make appearances but also add their two cents about life as a B Girl in the Hip-hop world.