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LizzLoves…Lah Tere September 20, 2010

A few years back, I went to a show at S.O.B’s in New York City for a collection of performances by up and coming hip-hop groups. Having attended many of those types of events, I thought I knew what I was in for, but one group, Rebel Diaz, threw me for a loop.

These Latino MCs not only came correct with beats and vocals, but their bilingual lyrics spoke social justice and human rights. They were like a throwback to the days when all hip-hop had a message.

I love everyone in the crew, but I’ll admit to having a particularly soft spot for the one woman in the trio, Lah Tere (aka Teresita Ayala Nunez). If you’ve never heard or seen her perform, Lah Tere is like old-school Queen Latifah-meets-Mystic-meets-La India all rolled up into one. And like Laila Ali, her delivery packs a serious punch! Her lyrics are personal, yet universal at the same time. From the U.S. streets to the barrios and favelas of Latin America, her words reach out to all those who are oppressed and to those who are fighting for human rights worldwide.

While Lah Tere’s talent for clever & poetic lyrics combined with her lovely vocals on hooks could probably land her a sweet record deal, the rewards she seeks are not what you might think.

Instead of jewels, cars and cash, what enriches La Tere’s life is the ability to be successful as a social activist:  to bring positive messages of change to communities all over the world.

Also check out one of her ventures in girl power, Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color. LT co-founded the organization.

So, gracias, La Tere and Rebel Diaz, for educating the masses and fighting the good fight! Bendeciones!

Check out their latest release, “Libertad,” (video above) to get a taste of what Rebel Diaz brings to the hip-hop table…

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LizzLoves…Hip-Hop Education October 12, 2009

conscious Women Rock the Page bookOnce again, I gotta give it up to my girl Black Artemis (aka Sofia Quintero). Of course, she’s my ‘mana, so maybe you can call me biased, but Sofia is a brilliant writer, artist, activist and business woman.

I’m particularly loving her latest endeavor as an educator. Sofia and her equally talented friends/artists have released a book–Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change— that uses hip-hop in educational curriculum for young women. There are so many reasons to love this, whether it be for its creativity or its goal of reaching young minds by any means necessary, but my favorite part of this text is that it taps into the roots of hip-hop and why the genre came to be in the first place.

Back in the day, hip-hop was truly the voice of the streets. Artists spoke up for the disenfranchised or they vented their frustrations with the injustices that surrounded them. They tried to speak to the people to educate them and give them hope. While some artists are still doing this, a majority of rappers are more focused on dissing each other or flossing their material gains or sexual prowess to REALLY speak to people.  Maybe it’s just a trend and it will pass, but I miss those days.

So props and respect to Sofia and the crew who put their lovely heads together to come up with this idea. I can’t wait to add this book to my shelf…and share it with hermanitas and sistas looking to learn…

Read more about the book by clicking here.