The Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women’s Initiative (FBSD), led by the Hip-Hop Education Center (HHEC) is an intergenerational transnational Hip-Hop feminist movement that honors, empowers, and preserves the contributions and achievements of women and girls in Hip-Hop.

FBSD includes a book series, research project, workshops, oral history project, and the development of an archive to be housed at the Universal Hip Hop Museum. The goal of the initiative is to not only document women’s contributions and achievements but also build a canon with memorabilia and artifacts including leaflets, photographs, art, poetry, and music. The FBSD Collection will be enhanced with educational tools such as a multimedia timeline and curriculum. 

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ARCHIVE – Coming Soon!


Are you a woman in Hip-Hop? The Hip-Hop Education Center wants to know about your career and work experience in Hip-Hop culture. We want to hear about your struggles and the milestones you have achieved as you climbed up the Hip-Hop cultural ladder. Our goal is to tell all sides of the story with a survey analysis of the field. We want to learn what issues affect women in Hip-Hop so that we can do something about it. Take the survey to contribute. We will release a short report that will reflect our findings at the end of the year.