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Misogyny in Hip-Hop Culture

It seems that nowadays, anytime you hear a hip-hop song the lyrics are full of negative and insulting messages. Whether these comments are racist, misogynistic, or just downright disrespectful it's easy to associate the entire hip-hop culture with these words of hate. On this Central Standard, we look specifically at misogyny in hip-hop music.

Leaders of the American Jazz Museum's "Bebop to Hip Hop" series, Glenn North and Stacy "Reach" Smith, join us to talk about how this program is trying to combat negative messages toward women in hip-hop music. We are also joined by Angel Newton, a local emcee and member of the Kansas City based hip-hop group, H.E.R.O.E.S., who speaks to us about how her group creates positive messages through their music.

If you want to get more involved with this hot topic, the American Jazz Museum ishosting a symposiumMarch 27 that will address these issues with the public.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.