Black and Highly Dangerous
May 1, 2019
For today’s episode, we focus on a unique exploration of a population that typically goes unnoticed – women in graffiti. Specifically, we interview Dr. Jessica Pabón-Colón, an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, about her book— Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora. We begin by learning more about Dr. Pabón-Colón (20:40) and the motivation behind her research (23:05). We also discuss the importance of understanding feminism as a verb (26:15), explore her concept of feminist masculinity (28:05), and delve into her experience of studying women in the graffiti art world (35:08). Next, we have a conversation about heterosexism in the graffiti art world (47:00), characteristics of Hip Hop Graffiti art (55:35), and the language of graffiti art (1:03:17). We close by discussing the #FeministsforPuertoRico campaign (1:11:24).
Episode Link: Episode 68: Graffiti Grrlz w/ Dr. Jessica Pabon-Colon
February 13, 2019
In episode 82 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews performance studies scholar and arts activist Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón about how women graffiti writers perform feminism on the global stage; who is excluded from the “respectable” street art model espoused by large creative cities; what a feminist approach to arts curating looks like on the ground; and why building feminist, queer, and decolonial bonds across the Puerto Rican diaspora is key to how Jessica imagines otherwise.
Episode Link: Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón on Women Graffiti Artists
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“Feminism, Women’s Marches & Identity Politics, Oh My!” 2018. Rise Up Radio. Kingston, NY: Radio Kingston.
“Jessica Pabon, SUNY New Paltz – Graffiti Grrlz.” 2016. The Academic Minute. Albany, NY: WAMC.