Rose’s classic study, Black Noise: Rap Music and and Black Culture in Contemporary America, turned 25 this year—and was also named one of the top books of the 20th century by Black Issues in Higher Education. To mark the occasion, the American Studies Association featured a panel celebrating Rose and Black Noise featuring hip-hop and black cultural scholars. Rose sat down for an interview with Ms. to talk about hip-hop, feminism and the state of popular culture.
What Black women need is more than a seat at the table. They need to be seen and valued and heard at the table, with the confidence to speak truth to power without retaliation. Better yet, our tremendous contributions should be matched with political and economic power.
The consistent chipping away at the law by conservative lawmakers and judges means those families could mean a return to millions of women losing the ability to properly care for the health of their families.
Harris’ electability as a Black woman was not the problem that sank her 2020 race. Instead, doubts of that electability—whether from voters, donors, media or political elites—were an added burden to her campaign.
Barbara Smith is one of the most influential Black feminists of our time. In this exclusive interview, she looks back on her activist career—and forward to what must come next.
While state legislatures across the country are constantly passing medically-unnecessary, politically-motivated laws to try to force reproductive health centers to close, crisis pregnancy centers are largely unregulated. It’s time to require fake clinics to abide by real standards and policies that will protect women and pregnant people.
Black women have never been apathetic to the marginalization that their families and their communities face, to the marginalization that they face themselves. Their resolve to confront that marginalization fuels Black women’s political participation. We saw that in 2018. We’ll see it again in 2020.
We can ease the challenges women of color face over the next decade if we do our part now to count everyone in the 2020 Census.
“It was almost like they were saying, ‘okay, this is our story, we had a sister and this is similar to what happened to us.'”
“She came to slay slavery. She came to remove her friends and family from the most violent system in the United States. She came, and she did it, armed and ready.”