The Wonda Women Project is a Chicago-based network of female hip-hop emcees working to empower women and promote a socially-conscious message through hip-hop. Led by local emcees and activists Ang13 and Unmuvabo Vendetta, the Wonda Women Project is producing a documentary film about their Summer 2007 Zero Tolerance Tour, capturing interviews and performances with female hip-hop artists and activists from across the country. Through the final film, Enough is Enough, the group aims to reveal a compelling portrait of women's experiences in the hip-hop industry, including their battles with misogyny, violence, and the degradation of women. It also hopes to unite women through hip-hop, to promote positive female images among young women and girls, and to support emcees whose socially-conscious work struggles for mainstream attention.
As a co-sponsor of the Wonda Women Project, the Institute is proud to present a premiere screening of the film-in-progress, followed by a discussion with Ang13, Unmuvabo Vendetta and Invincible (Detroit emcee and hip-hop activist), moderated by Natalie Y. Moore (journalist and co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. This program is part of the Institute's multi-year Gender and Hip-Hop Initiative that engages in critical analysis and public discourse about issues of masculinity, feminism and gender as they are being defined, shaped and applied through this powerful genre.
Recorded Thursday, October 11, 2007 at Columbia College Chicago.