MIXLY Panel Discussion: Diversity and Hip Hop

UPDATE: We are excited to announce that the first ever MIXLY Panel Discussion will be airing live this coming Friday at 12:00 noon on this website and on our YouTube channel. “Diversity and Hip Hop” brings together two leading scholars of hip hop and diversity to discuss the deeper meaning of recent events such as Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance, Macklemore’s Rolling Stone interview, and Robin Thicke’s (controversial) song of the summer, “Blurred Lines.”
 
We’re pleased to announce the two participants today. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a communication professor at USC Annenberg, contributor to numerous publications, including The Huffington Post and The Root, and author of both the critically acclaimed Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity as well as the recently released and well-reviewed Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Hip Hop in America.) Rebecca Haithcoat is currently a music writer for MySpace and has previously worked as the assistant music editor of LA Weekly, where she wrote about numerous hip hop figures, including Kendrick Lamar, V-Nasty, Iggy Azalea and Speak.
 
Be sure to tune in Friday at noon for Marcia and Rebecca’s take on the hottest topics of the summer! You can watch right here on the website or on our YouTube page, where the discussion will be streaming live.
 
Photo from MTV.

“We Got a Lot of Heat”: Lil Debbie on White Girl Mob and Diversity in the Music Industry [Countdown to 2042]


 
Rapper and fashion designer Lil Debbie rose to fame as part of the Oakland-based White Girl Mob, starring alongside fellow white woman rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty in viral hits like “Gucci Gucci.” Since those days she’s struck out on her own and moved to Los Angeles. Since hooking up with controversial, eccentric rapper/entertainer/pop culture icon RiFF RaFF, Lil Debbie has created multiple million view hits, including “SQUiRT” and “2-Cups.” A new EP, “California’s Sweetheart,” is scheduled for Fall of 2013. We caught up with Lil Debbie at the Orange County Observatory to chat about the challenges of being a white woman rapper, the difference between the Bay and Los Angeles, and diversity in the music industry.
 
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Photo from simstaplease.tumblr.com.