Toni Blackman and the FreeStyle Union are challenging the male dominated world of hip hop and empowering women to speak their minds in freestyle workshops. This music video/documentary hopes to promote a movement of female MCs. Part of the Call for Change Series.
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Toni Blackman and the FreeStyle Union are challenging the male-dominated world of Hip-Hop and empowering women to speak their minds in freestyle workshops. This music video/documentary hopes to promote a movement of female MC's.
- Women of Color Festival 2007
"Provide[s] a creative and analytical context for the muse that has come to define generations: hip-hop. This short is a rich resource for feminist classrooms, particularly those on popular culture, hip-hop feminism, and youth culture. She Rhymes Like A Girl provides the necessary opportunity to witness how the Freestyle Union and Toni Blackman transform the popular, co-opted, and sincere musings of everyday journalers and self-identified rappers into focused artists who recall the significance of their own singular self and social change with great fun and respect. The future demands that Ms. Blackman and institutions like the Freestyle Union are known and better supported. Ms. Blackman's hip-hop is enacted through an intersectional practice that includes artistry, world travel, and community work that makes for a brighter future, if we listen, now."
- Ruth Nicole Brown & Porshe Renee Garner, Films for the Feminist Classroom Journal
• Tribeca Film Festival, 2006
• Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, 2006
• National Museum of Women in the Arts' Festival of Film & Media, Washingtong DC, 2007
• Documentary Fortnight Expanded at MoMA, New York, 2007
• Women of Color film Festival, San Francisco, 2007
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