Shes.Got.the.Mic is a space for me to chronicle my thoughts and opinions about topics pertaining to race, class, and gender. I’m especially interested in how these topics relate to the representations and consumptions of marginalized communities in popular culture. Shes.Got.the.Mic was to originally focus on Hip Hop. While I continue to be invested in chronicling the mark that Hip Hop is leaving on our culture, I am also interested in expanding the things that I explore by writing about topics like jazz, education, my heroes and heroines, colorism, the mixed race community, the representations of race in film, the fetishization of people of color, and so on.
Notes on the title… This blog is called Shes.Got.the.Mic, because I have noticed that even amongst the most considerate men, women continue to struggle to have the MIC to speak, and to be listened to when addressing issues that are important to us. Sometimes we are given the stage when speaking about issues pertaining to women—but, lately, even decisions specifically effecting us have been dominated by men. This blog is my way of saying, “Yes I’m a woman, and yes, I have a voice, so give me my MIC, and listen!” I hope this blog encourages both women and men to engage in topics that are addressed here.
A word on previous stints of becoming a “blogger”: During my last attempt to becoming a “blogger,” I had defined ideas of how often I was going to post things, as well as what I was going to post. I think it would be more realistic to commit to posting things every once-in-awhile. The good news is, unlike my last attempts to “blogging,” I am now actually writing everyday. This means I am now likely to post something more than every 6 months…. But then again, I’m an educator at a school with little resources, so who knows what this blog will look like during report card time- just keepin’ it real this time around.