Raven Sorvino linked up with The Fembassy while in New York to chat about her recent tour and more.
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Chin Chilla Meek drops the visuals for “Feels Good To Be Great.”
Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj have both received 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations.
Missy Elliott has received a nomination under the “Reese’s Perfect Combo” category for her collaborative record, “Nobody’s Perfect,” with J. Cole. Nicki received her nomination for best hip hop style under the “Made You Look” category.
The 7th annual BET Hip Hop Awards will air on October 7th with hosting by Mike Epps.
Iggy Azalea recently hung out with PatIsDOPE in DC. During their time together, Iggy Azalea talked about her relationship with T.I., the meaning of her tattoos, and more.
Eve recently attended The Uniquely YOU Summit as a part of the Becoming Who You Are! Series, which was held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
During her time there, Eve spoke about some of her challenging experiences, her motivation, her ideas on love and relationships and more.
The goal of The Uniquely YOU Summit is to turn the Becoming Who You Are! Series into a 12-month program that will monthly give girls access to remarkable women of color whose personal journey will help teens navigate through the treacherous waters of adolescence, and provide trustworthy and truthful imagery of brown women.
Recently, I ran across an article written by Steven Horowitz of HipHopDX in which he delves into the return of the female rap movement. He explores the effect that Nicki Minaj has had on combining hip hop and more mainstream music along with discussing the contributions of newcomers like Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. Check out some of what he had to say below:
On Nicki Minaj:
At the onset of her career, she had it all – the body, the lyrics, the co-sign – but she instead predicated her image on eccentricities: alter egos, accents, rhymes about being an alien. It’s that embrace of the bizarre that made her such a captivating figure and pushed her into pop territory, where weird is welcome. Regardless of how her music has evolved, she came from a place that took a tired template and mutated it, taking chances rarely seen across the gender divide.
Her effect on mainstream culture has rippled through the Hip Hop community. While some refer her ascent to the top of pop’s ranks as “bullshit,” it’s cracked the back door open, and even inspired the demand, for a stronger female voice in mainstream Hip Hop.
On the proliferation of female hip-hop/rap artists during 2012:
Vastly talented emcees such as Jean Grae, Bahamadia and Invincible have stayed active and earned their respect over time, but since the start of 2012, a crop of newbs including Azealia Banks, Kitty Pryde and Iggy Azalea have pilfered pages from the Minaj handbook and used otherness as a catalyst to accrue mainstream attention.
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During a recent interview with Time.com, Eve discussed the release of her long-delayed album, Lip Lock, her upcoming performance at the Essence Music Festival, and more. Read a couple of excerpts from the interview after the jump.
While performing at the Key Club in L.A. during her “Return Of The Queen” tour, Lil Kim brought out Da Brat and Lady Rage.
Lil Kim performed this past Friday at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx during her “Return Of The Queen Tour,” with hosting by Drita D’Avanzo of Mob Wives. Lil Kim decided to show that unity does exist among femme MCs by bringing out Eve, Missy Elliott, and Pepa. She also brought Juelz Santana and Cassidy.
Black Frost sends out a message to her fellow femme MCs through “Sincerely Yours (Dear FeM.C.s).” Check it out above.