“In each move we make, problematizing power differences is at stake, whether they exist between us as co-ethnographers, between us and our research partners, or whether they are those that beset all of us involved in this study,” write Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay, both white, describing their research project on Black women’s culture production and community-building work through hip hop in Detroit (xxii). Readers are thus introduced to an immersive research/academic experience and story about a community that needs to be told. Unique to this project are the authors’ immersion in, and intentional relationship-building with, the community members they chose to study. Using a feminist reflexive approach, Farrugia and Hay took seriously the practice of collaborating and being with members of The Foundation, a group dedicated to supporting and making space for...
Review: Women Rapping Revolution: Hip Hop and Community Building in Detroit, by Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay
Blair Ebony Smith is a post doc fellow in art education with the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2019-21). Her curatorial and artistic praxis is focused on Black girl celebration, Black feminist poetics, sound art and design with Black girls locally and worldwide.
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Blair Ebony Smith; Review: Women Rapping Revolution: Hip Hop and Community Building in Detroit, by Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay. Journal of Popular Music Studies 1 June 2021; 33 (2): 167–169. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2021.33.2.167
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