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Master Class: The representation of women in hip hop

23 March 2016 2:59 PM

The stories of women and their portrayal in hip-hop plays a major role in how consumers of the music understand the world.

The stories of women in hip-hop and how they are often portrayed plays a major role in how consumers of the music understand the world in which they live in.

702's Azania Moska invited Leslie Lee Kasumba, to discuss the subject and how it has evolved over the years.

Listen to the conversation below:

They weren't just making music that didn't mean anything but they were sending strong statements while making it fun...They made us proud to be women.

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

Queen Latifah's U-N-I-T-Y was an anthem...The women who came around in that era gave became a voice for women who didn't have a voice and were able to become front-runners.

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

You needed to be able to tell your truth and that's why there's so much variety because it's not everybody is from the hood.

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

With SaltnPepa took control of their sexuality and they kind of threw it back at the men...They were able to be educative and also cool.

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

As much as you can count the number of female MCs, you can also count the number of female presidents in the world or the number of women who won the Nobel Peace Prize. It really is a reflection of society.

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

If Lauryn Hill started making music around the same time Nicky Minaj was making music and vice-versa, who would've made what kind of music?

Leslie Lee Kasumba, philanthropist and broadcaster

23 March 2016 2:59 PM

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