When: Sat., July 4, 12-7 p.m. 2015
Since its inception, hip-hop culture has been an empowering force for marginalized communities that have used rap music, street dance styles, and graffiti art as forms of self-expression when mainstream channels weren’t available. Though rap reigns over the pop charts today, it stems from a legacy of countercultural resistance. In this spirit, the socially engaged co-working space Impact Hub (2323 Broadway Ave., Oakland) is hosting Women’s Empowerment Day, the second annual edition of the Independent Hip-Hop Festival organized by the nonprofit Hip-Hop for Change. The event takes place on July 4 from noon to 7 p.m. and celebrates the original four pillars of hip-hop culture: break-dancing, graffiti-writing, DJing, and MCing. While women are typically a minority in spaces that showcase these art forms, Women’s Empowerment Day will feature a panel discussion, live painting, and music and dance performances that highlight the female hip-hop heads and activists working to create social change in the Bay Area. Featured artists and speakers include graffiti crew Few and Far, music collective Peaches DJs, and MC and scholar Charity Clay.