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March 23, 2005

B-Girls on the Set


Left to Right - Christie Z Pabon (Tools of War owner and wife of Popmaster Fabel), DJ/cratedigger Ms. Shing-A-Ling (from Japan), Miz Miranda Jane (Journalista/Editrix/Vocalist), Pri the Honey Dark (MC, Producer, member of the Anomolies and Hip Hop Mom), and DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon, Anomolies). Chillin' at RockSteady Anniversary...>

When I was coming up, a B-Girl was just that, a breaker, a dancer, someone who could pop, lock, tut, and freak the same moves the B-Boys was bustin on the dance floor. In L.A. where I went to school we had 2 opportunities to see B-Girls rock - the lunchtime dances DJ'd by the L.A. Dream Team and KDAY, or our every-other-Friday field trips to World on Wheels (which would be The Skate Key, if it was in the Bronx instead of South Central). A B-Girl named Asia One moved to L.A. and really got it poppin', setting off an event called B-Boy Summit which spanned 10 years (www.bbboysummit.com). L.A. MC Medusa was one of the illest poppers, it's amazing how much talent one woman can have.

I could go on and on, but the point I'm trying to make is that nowadays, women have been marginalized in Hip Hop and bitchified/hoeified so much in Rap - now we're ALL B-Girls. Anyone reppin' in any of the elements, even Bambaataa's "5th" element, Knowledge; or some of the secondary or tertiary branches on Hip Hop Culture's family tree - Hip Hop journalism, visual/graphic art, the music business, fashion, filmmaking, etc. We're all here, doing our thing, but we're united because of one thing. We all have a pussy, we all have a period each month, and we all have pain and pleasure in our lives. We're the mothers, aunties, sisters and grannies of this shit. If we don't do it, no one will. The next time you see a little girl who's mama lets her watch too much TV start to drop down and get her eagle on, think about this. A bitch is a bitch, but a B-Girl's the only one who can save the world.

www.intermediaarts.org/bgirlbe.html



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