Curated by Schondra Aytch
Presented by UB Arts Collaboratory, Sneakvibing and Torn Space Theater
Torn Space Theater
612 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo
Saturday, April 23, 7pm–9pm
On the surface, hip-hop appears to be a male-dominated sport. Since the genre’s inception, women have redefined the sound, look and culture of the genre without receiving proper credit. As a new generation of listeners, artists and industry folk challenge the outdated perspectives that have often existed within the hip-hop community, it is imperative to create a space where women are celebrated for their contributions to the most influential sound in the world. In Buffalo, where the rising hip-hop scene is reaching a new frontier, many women who are involved in the musical arts have a twofold mission: perfecting their gift and nurturing their community.
With a gentle nod to the four elements of hip-hop, these ladies will showcase their talent and tell their stories along with a handful of women propagating hip-hop. You will not only learn what they do, but also why they do it. In the powerful words of Queen Latifah, this is “Ladies First.”
—Schondra Aytch, January 2022.