Last night, Ticknor Lounge was filled with young men and women of many different races and levels of familiarity with hip-hop music who had turned out for “Feminism and Hip-Hop”, an event co-sponsored by the Harvard College Women’s Center, the Association of Black Harvard Women, and Latinas Unidas. A thought-provoking slideshow of female MCs and Music Video Honeys (typically women featured as dancers in music videos) streamed in the background while students and a moderator engaged in a lively discussion about what it means to be “successful” in the hip-hop industry and why women in said line of work are held to much higher standards than their male counterparts. Nicki Minaj was frequently compared to her less sexual predecessors such as MC Lyte and Queen Latifah.
Nicely done Women’s Week! Keep the ball rolling; two more jam-packed days of riveting events.