Monday, March 10, 2008

Beauty and the Beatbox - College Radio Show Celebrates Women in Hip Hop

Females on the FM is a piece published on Diamondback Online today about college radio station WMUC-88.1FM (University of Maryland) and its female-oriented hip hop show. According to the article:

"From 12 to 2 a.m. Sundays, junior early education major Danielle Armstrong and junior African American studies major Cybille St. Aude host the 'Beauty & the Beatbox' radio show, the first all-female, all-hip-hop radio show on the campus. For the two friends, the show has one clear goal: getting women excited about hip-hop by playing music that they can listen to without being offended."

The show features female hip hop artists, along with music from a variety of genres. According to the article:

"The show appeals to its listeners by playing songs from lesser-known female artists; underground and independent male artists; oldies tracks; and old-school hip-hop, most of whose messages focus on the lyrical and narrative aspects of rapping as opposed to the bling-out and pimped-out messages often splashed across mainstream radio and MTV. On the duo's playlist now? Jean Grae, a South African-born artist who is 'just all about the music,' according to St. Aude; Run DMC, who Armstrong describes as an example of 'definitely the foundation of what we're trying to bring back;' and other varied artists such as Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, Nina Simone and Earth Wind & Fire."

Sounds like a great concept!

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