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Holler If You Hear Me: Hip-Hop Testimony as Subjugated Knowledge

28.06.2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

A Dialog with Dr. Lissa Skitolsky and B.L. Shirelle

June 28, 2021 6:00-8:00pm CEDT, noon-1:00pm Eastern, 1:00-3:00pm Nova Scotia,
via Webex (https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin-en/onstage/g.php?MTID=eeef3ccb54abe673acf7da053d5ef538f )

Through its language, sonics, and artistic community, Hip-Hop has produced a world for its artists to communicate the experience of the underground of US American life and critique the genocidal conditions faced by its people. This dialog, with a performance by B.L. Shirelle, will explore the status of Hip-Hop as a subjugated knowledge whose wisdom is often obscured by its commercialization and the limits of audiences' sensibilities. We will discuss what Hip-Hop can tell us about the failure of scholars and the public to take black aesthetics seriously, the criminalization of black people, and how the art can be used as a source of spiritual resilience in conditions of anti-black violence.

We hope that our dialog can foster further dialog between communities in the United States and Germany. Those interested in our dialogs and looking for an introduction to B.L. Shirelle's music can follow the links below. Assata Troi, B.L. Shirelle's newest album is available on all streaming platforms.

Dr. Lissa Skitolsky was the Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair of Jewish Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University from 2019-2021. She is the author of Hip-Hop as Philosophical Text and Testimony: Can I Get a Witness?, which "reveals the existential power of hip-hop to affect our sensibility and understanding of race and anti-black racism" and "examines how the exclusion of hip-hop from academic discourse around knowledge, racism, white supremacy, genocide, white nationalism, and trauma reflects the very neoliberal sensibility that hip-hop exposes and opposes."

B.L. Shirelle is an artist and Deputy Director of Die Jim Crow Records, a non-profit record label for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. Shirelle’s debut LP, Assata Troi, was released to critical acclaim and media attention in June 2020. In addition, Shirelle serves as an advocate for the victims of incarceration, touring Universities and providing aid. Her team helped send over 30,000 masks to prisons across the country with their PPE Into Prisons campaign between April and October 2020. MoMA


HIP-HOP, GENDER, AND LANGUAGE WITH UNDERGROUND RAPPERS BL SHIRELLE AND BATES - https://aestheticsforbirds.com/2020/01/27/hip-hop-gender-and-language-with-underground-rappers-bl-shirelle-and-bates/

HOW TO PARTAKE IN THE FUCKERY: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HIP-HOP, GENDER, AND LANGUAGE - https://aestheticsforbirds.com/2020/04/08/how-to-partake-in-the-fuckery-a-roundtable-discussion-on-hip-hop-gender-and-language/

BL Shirelle - Restricted Movement - https://soundcloud.com/user-924101244/sets/restricted-movement

BL Shirelle - SIGS (Video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbG2LVJJ-RU

Zeit & Ort

28.06.2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

Online Event