Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Grrrls at The Mic

Ten years ago when I was going to Oakland University I was part of a small group of women that started an on campus organization called The Women’s Issues Forum. In fact, I don't like to brag, but I was the Vice President of the group. We came together to create an organization that would represent the issues of women on campus, to be honest we were surprised that someone else hadn't already done so. Two of our biggest accomplishments during that period were to bring the Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night on to campus. I am very proud of all the work that I did with Oakland University and was recently pleased to find out that my favorite professor, Jo Reger, not only still teaches there, but she is still in charge of the Women’s Studies Department. The Women’s Studies Department is known for bringing new ideas to the campus and they always sponsor the coolest events.

This Saturday they are bringing one of my all time favorite female hip-hop artists Miz Korona to their campus to perform during their Women & Gender Studies 30th Annual Film Festival. Miz Korona is the definition of female empowerment. She is who she is and she doesn't apologize for being an out spoken woman. It cannot be easy to have a lasting hip-hop career in Detroit and she has managed to do that with out compromising her brand or her beliefs. Her positivity is positively contagious. 

The festival will feature two films. The first is called Grrrl Love and Revolution. This film examines the Riot Grrrl movement in NYC from 1993-1996. It will go into the launch of the third wave of feminism and the impacts that it had on music. The second film is called Say My Name and talks about the struggle that many young female MCs go through to find their place in the male dominated world of hip-hop. The best part about this event is that it is FREE to all that are interesting in attending. 

The event will go from 12-5 and takes place in the Gold Room of the OC at Oakland University. Oakland University is located at 2200 N. Squirrel Rd. in Rochester Hills.


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