Ideas on Fire Podcast Interview

My interview with Ideas on Fire is live! The episode is available in Apple Podcasts (iOS), Google Podcasts (Android), Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, and all the other podcast players. We chatted about my book Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora (02:13) The future of feminist graffiti art (05:10) The intersection of art, academia, and activism in Jessica’s… Read More

#GraffitiGrrlz Book Review!

Throughout the book they challenge graffiti being Hip Hop and fail to call themselves feminists. However this disjunct leads Pabón-Colón to much more nuanced understandings. So, for instance, towards the end of the book she discusses why the South American ‘graffiteras’ reject the feminist label. This could have haughtily been put down to their own… Read More

“Rap is Art” Hip Hop Reading List

Since the article “Rap Is Art. So Why Do Some Academics Still Feel as if They Have to Defend It?” by Teghan Simonton went live on The Chronicle, I’ve had many requests for access to the suggested reading that I offered my colleagues at SUNY New Paltz in the wake of Gerald Banjamin’s racialized comments… Read More

Graff Grrlz News: Malala Yousafzai visits Rede Nami #MalalaNaNAMI

On July 11th, Malala Yousafzai visited Panmela Castro’s (aka Anarkia Boladona) urban art organization Rede Nami. Not one to let anyone walk away without picking up a can, Panmela invited Malala and her group to spray paint with a stencil. Malala chose to paint one depicting the late feminist activist #MarielleFranco. Encounters like this make my… Read More

Before it was a book, it was a research paper…”Women Bomb”

While revising Graffiti Grrlz this morning, I had to dig into my archives to find the first paper I wrote on the topic of women in graffiti (April 2002). Looking at it now…well, it left a lot to be desired but I was certainly on the right track despite my terrible writing. I’m posting about it today for one… Read More

An Interview with the Authors of “Women Street Artists of Latin America: Arte Sin Miedo”

At the end of 2015, I was happy to respond affirmatively to a request from co-authors Lauren Gucik & Rachel Cassandra to endorse their recently published book: Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear/ Grafiteras y Muralistas en América Latina: Arte Sin Miedo. In Arte Sin Miedo, Cassandra and Gucik take readers to the streets… Read More