The Stage Hip-Hop Feminism Built: A New Directions Essay

  title={The Stage Hip-Hop Feminism Built: A New Directions Essay},
  author={Aisha Durham and Brittney Cooper and Susana M. Morris},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={721 - 737}
This new directions essay traces the most recent trajectory in the field of hip-hop feminism. To that end, we map the current terrain of hip-hop feminist studies, first by identifying challenges and tensions, then by reviewing current literature and its engagement with these issues, and finally by identifying new and emergent areas for further development of the field. We argue that hip-hop feminism has effectively made space for itself in the broader fields of black and women-of-color… 
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