Sara Kugler, @sarakug
December 17, 2012

In the last week of “Black Women’s Political Activism”, we read Joan Morgan’s When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost and Ruth Nicole Brown’s Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. We used these texts to discuss women and media socialization, ultimately asking: does hip-hop feminism exist?

This week at AJC we’ve been reading about FAAN Mail- FAAN standing for “Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!” They are a media literacy and media activism project formed by young women of color in Philadelphia. Together with their allies, they seek to critique and create media, with social change in mind. Through this process of “talking back,” as described by feminist scholar bell hooks, and creating new alternatives with each other and teen girls, FAAN Mail deconstructs and challenges hegemonic representations and messages within media and everyday lives.

One of FAAN Mail’s projects are “Talk Backs.” For this initiative, FAAN Mail members get together to talk about and talk back to media. They advocate for collective responsibility and urge one another to speak up, to talk back, and to support media that values women of color’s humanity and diversity.

Their recent “Talk Backs” have responded to “Birthday Song” by 2 Chainz, “B**** Bad” by Lupe Fiasco, Miss Representation, and the celebration of Black Girls Rock that aired on BET. As part of their most recent Talk Back to “Birthday Song,” FAAN Mail have begun a campaign advocating for music corporations to be held accountable for routinely degrading women of color.

Watch FAAN Mail’s Talk Back to “Birthday Song” below, or check out all of the Talk Backs on their website.


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