#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book “Go save the Queens” – the long overdue ‘her’story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author. 

It’s About time 

Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop to Shea Serrano’s The Rap Yearbook, focuses primarily on men, glaringly omitting a thorough and respectful examination of the presence and contribution of the genre’s female artists.

For far too long, women in hip-hop have been relegated to the shadows, viewed as the designated “First Lady” thrown a contract, a pawn in some beef, or even worse. But as Kathy Iandoli makes clear, the reality is very different. Today, hip-hop is dominated by successful women such as Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, yet there are scores of female artists whose influence continues to resonate.

Hail to the Queens

God Save the Queens pays tribute to the women of hip-hop—from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today. Exploring issues of gender, money, sexuality, violence, body image, feuds, objectification and more, God Save the Queens is an important and monumental work of music journalism that at last gives these influential female artists the respect they have long deserved.

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to be a female Hip Hop artist in the 90’s. During that time period where first they’re throwing money at you and then by 99 they’re taking all the money away. And they’ll tell you: Look sexy! Not too sexy! Be lyrical! Not lyrical enough!

Kathy Iandoli

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019! Apple and Spotify Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I've been following her for a while now and love her debut!Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then...

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

  Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019! Apple and Spotify Until soon, xxx, AnaYou can support my work if you become a Patron. It's simple: choose one of 4 tiers and receive shoutouts, free The Healer Hip Hop Merch, behind the scenes access and more!

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019!

Apple and Spotify 

Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I’ve been following her for a while now and love her debut!

Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then leave” is on the playlist as well.

Until soon,

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist April 2019

Dreams

They come a long way

Not today

Solange

Dreams

I’ve been rocking this Playlist for a while now before I finally managed to upload it for you! This month I did something I usually don’t do: I added more than one song from several artists.

Artists I can’t get enough of this month

I listen to Solange’s ‘Binz’ and ‘Dreams’ from her latest release ‘When I get home’ all day. The same goes for my last Podcast guest IAmTruStarr‘s ‘Move’ and ‘Good to you’. As I said in the interview, his music is so diverse that I don’t even count him as one artist

Not waving, but drowning

Another artist I chose two songs of is Loyle Carner. I get so emotional every time I listen to his song ‘Sun of Jean’. It features both his Mum & Dad and the way his Mum talks about him and his ADHD makes my heart jump.

Loyle Carner has just released his latest album ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ this month. It’s just as emotional as the songs from his last album and I added ‘Loose Ends’ which features Jorja Smith.

Berliner Negritude

Lastly, I added my favorite song from rapper Musa’s debut album ‘Berliner Negritude’: Treppenhaus.

I interviewed Musa back in May 2017. At the time he wasn’t sure, whether he would ever make his own debut. I’m so excited that he did and there’ll soon be another epsiode about it!

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#26 I.Am.Tru.Starr

#26: I.Am.Tru.Starr

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Hope for the Hopeless

In today’s episode of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast I interview US rapper and singer I.Am.Tru.Starr. His name is an affirmation for himself and anyone who says it. I.Am.Tru.Starr was born and raised in Rochester, New York. There, he has seen and been through some tough times that he references in his music.

On his first album “Old Stuff”, released in 2015, he says about those hard times: “Wish I could drop a tear, but my sorrow well dried up”. Ironically, the song’s name is ‘Joy’. However, he wants to give “Hope for the Hopeless” as he raps in the following song “Night calls”.

Despite his modest upstate roots, he made this his mission and purpose. I.Am.Tru.Starr is working with the intention to lead by example. With a dedicated passion to show the next generation that beautiful things can grow out of what others consider a deadbeat town. 

Before music, I don’t feel like life was really anything. It was just life in the ghetto. I.Am.Tru.Starr

Artist

Evolving with every album

You can’t put his music in a box. With the help of his long-time team of producers he navigates through genres and styles. One time, he raps smoothly and laid back as in the song “26 inches”. (I added it to my March playlist and it was the first song I heard of him.)

At other times he sings a powerful mantra: “A 20 Thousand Dollar watch won’t buy you more hours. But look into the mirror and you see your power” (“Power.”). When you listen to his music you’ll notice that he gets more versatile with every album.

He personally uses the word Soul Hop to best describe his style that mixes elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk, gospel and alt-soul.

Representation matters

His 2015 EP “Hair like Basquiat” was most influenced by one of the most prevalent issues of that year: the killing of unarmed People of Color by the Police, which seemed to have reached a sad peak in the public eye. With the album he wanted to create a manifest for the much needed self-love for himself and PoC in general. His hair, which actually looked like Basquiat’s at the time, was a further representation of this self-love.  

Smoke Break

“Smoke Break”, his latest work of art which was released in 2018, is a Soundtrack to his directorial debut. The “Smoke Break Movie” that came with the album. is about what price you’re willing to pay to create the life you want. If you want get in touch with I.Am.Tru.Starr you can follow him on IG, Youtube, Facebook.

Listen to the full Interview with I.Am.Tru.Starr on The Healer Hip Hop Podcast on you Podcast App, Spotify or on this blog.

 

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019! Apple and Spotify Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I've been following her for a while now and love her debut!Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

  Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019! Apple and Spotify Until soon, xxx, AnaYou can support my work if you become a Patron. It's simple: choose one of 4 tiers and receive shoutouts, free The Healer Hip Hop Merch, behind the scenes access and more!

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

I’m in Lisbon, taking a long needed break from everything, but of course I had to prepare another Playlist for you and also for me to walk these beautiful streets here.

Thanks to the wait I could add Solange’s new song ‘Stay flo’ which is my favorite of her new album “When I get home” so far. Which one is your favorite?

And this month, I added three songs from my Podcast guests:

Musa with his latest release “Splitter”

TB Honest together with Vontskrilla “Mood” (definitely a mood for me 🙂

Langa Mavuso’s Mvula

Enjoy!
Until next month with more music of The Healer Hip Hop

Xxx, Ana

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019! Apple and Spotify Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I've been following her for a while now and love her debut!Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

  Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019! Apple and Spotify Until soon, xxx, AnaYou can support my work if you become a Patron. It's simple: choose one of 4 tiers and receive shoutouts, free The Healer Hip Hop Merch, behind the scenes access and more!

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#25: Tacheles und Tarantismus

#25: Tacheles und tarantismus

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Ich habe mich im letzten November mit Tobias Frühauf und Philipp Wolpert, den beiden Gründern des Heilbronner Theaterlabels Tacheles und Tarantismus für dieses Interview getroffen.

Wir haben bei Falafel Beirut darüber geredet, was ein Theaterlabel eigentlich überhaupt macht, wofür Tacheles und Tarantismus steht und wie sie Theater neu denken und revolutionieren und wollen.

Tacheles und Tarantismus steht in Kurzform für TNT, also Sprengstoff. Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unangenehme Dinge ansprechen, die in unserer Gesellschaft passieren.

Tacheles und Tarantismus

Theaterlabel

Die beiden haben im Herbst 2018 zusammen mit Rappern und anderen Künstlern (Juicy Gay, Dennis Da Mennace, Sasa Stubbs, Thea Rasche, Andreas Posthoff, Raik Singer, Leah Wewoda, Alexander Ilic, Michel Schulze und Gunnar Schwarm) die Trapoper “UBU” im Heilbronner Club Mobilat aufgeführt.

Was sie dabei erfahren durften, wie das Publikum auf das neue Format reagierte, ihre Verbindung zur Musik und was sie für Pläne für die Zukunft haben hört ihr in diesem Interview.

Wenn ihr Teil der Revolte sein wollt und wissen, was Tacheles und Tarantismus demnächst vorhaben, folgt ihnen auf Facebook und Instagram oder schaut vorbei auf ihrer Seite. 

#24: Refugee Canteen

#24: Refugee Canteen

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

In der heutigen Episode unterhalte ich mich mit Beni aus Hamburg, dem Gründer von Refugee Canteen.

Die Refugee Canteen ist die erste gastronomische Vorschule, die Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund und Geflüchteten eine Grundlagenausbildung für gastronomische Berufe vermittelt.

Beni und sein Team setzen dabei auf die Kombination aus praxisnaher Kenntnisvermittlung und dem Erleben in der gastronomischen “Echtwelt”. Hierbei unterstützen sie renommierte Restaurants und Hotels, indem sie interessante Einsatzstellen zur Verfügung stellen.

Ich freu mich, dass wir auf so vielen Ebenen eine Win-Win Situation erzeugen können und dass das Thema Geflüchtete nicht so schwer ist.

Beni

Refugee Canteen

Im Interview erzählt Beni wie er in der Gastronomie ein zu Hause und sich selbst gefunden hat und wie das ihn dazu bewegt hat Refugee Canteen zu gründen. Er erzählt auch von den Herausforderungen, die das Projekt mit sich brachte, aber auch den Erfolgserlebnissen.

Wer Refugee Canteen unterstützen oder vielleicht in seiner eigenen Stadt eine Eigene gründen möchte, kann hier mit Beni und seinem Team in Kontakt treten. Ansonsten freuen sie sich auch über Besuch und geben gern auch mal ein Essen aus. 

 

#23: Black History Month 2019 mit Boqor Bantu

#23: Black History Month mit Boqor Bantu

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Black History Month

Jedes Jahr im Februar wird in zahlreichen Ländern der Black History Month (BHM) gefeiert um die Geschichte Schwarzer Menschen in aller Welt zu würdigen. Diese Tradition geht auf das Jahr 1926 zurück, als der Historiker Carter G. Woodson eine Veranstaltungsreihe initiierte, um die breite Öffentlichkeit in den USA über Schwarze Geschichte und die kulturellen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Leistungen der afro-amerikanischen Bevölkerung aufmerksam zu machen.

Auch in Deutschland wird BHM seit Anfang der 1990 vielen Städten von der Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V. (ISD) organisiert.

Afro-Deutsche Geschichte

Wie schon in Podcast Episode #15, zum BHM UK im Oktober, habe ich mich auf ein Interview mit Boqor Bantu von  Geschichte Afrikas getroffen, um anhand von drei afro-deutschen Autobiografien über die Geschichte von Schwarzen Deutschen zu reden. Soulsänger Billheincock, der in seinen Liedern auch von seinen eigenen Erfahrungen als afrikanischer Deutscher erzählt, war so freundlich mir seinen passenden Song “Dealer” zur Verfügung zu stellen.

(Im Podcast habe ich von der Organisation “Über den Berg” erzählt. Der Verein heißt Mountain Activity Club und organisiert Trips in die Berge und über die Alpen für ehemalige Drogensüchtige.)

Londri Mingolo-Tite:

Allein in einer fremden Welt

Geboren und in den ersten Jahre beim Vater und der Oma im Kongo aufgewachsen, beschreibt Londri Mingolo-Tite seine Lebensgeschichte, erzählt von den unbeschwerten Kinderjahren im Kongo und wie er schließlich mit sieben Jahren von der Familie ganz allein ins Flugzeug gesetzt wird und über Umwegen nach Deutschland kommt. Er schildert den Kulturschock in dieser gänzlich anderen Mentalität. Er erzählt vom Alleinsein ohne Halt und Orientierung, ernüchtert von der harten Realität des Alltags in Deutschland und der schwierigen Integration.

Von den Problemen als ›schwarzer‹ Asylbewerber in Deutschland, den Verlockungen unserer ›weißen Welt‹, seinem Abrutschen in die Kriminalität, dem Großwerden in einem Heim der Jugendhilfe, bis zum Abschluss der Regelschule und dem Erlernen eines Berufes und dem Antritt einer Arbeitsstelle als Krankenpfleger in Trier.

Er beschreibt in harten Worten seine persönlichen Erfahrungen und seine Entwicklung vom Kind zum kleinkriminellen Gangster in Köln und Umland bis zum resozialisierten und integrierten ›Normalo‹ mit Frau und Tochter. Dieses Buch zeigt schonungslos und offen die Risiken der deutschen Asylpolitik, aber auch die Chancen und Ressourcen einer gelungenen Integration. Diese Geschichte ist real und wahr und brandaktuell.

Die Würde des Deutschen ist unantastbar.

Londri Mingolo-Tite

Hans J. Massaquoi:

Ein unaussprechlicher Titel

Als Sohn einer weißen Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters wächst Hans-Jürgen Massaquoi in großbürgerlichen Verhältnissen in Hamburg auf. Doch eines Tages verlässt der Vater das Land. Hans-Jürgen und seine Mutter bleiben zurück und ziehen in ein Arbeiterviertel. Als die Nazis die Macht übernehmen, verändert sich ihr Leben grundlegend.

Hans J. Massaquoi beschreibt in seiner außergewöhnlichen Autobiographie seine Kindheit und Jugend zwischen 1926 und 1948 als einer der wenigen schwarzen Deutschen in diesem Land.

Theodor Michael:

Deutsch sein und schwarz dazu

Theodor Michaels Vater kam vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg aus Kamerun, damals deutsches »Schutz gebiet«, nach Deutschland und wurde wie andere Kolonialmigranten freundlich aufgenommen. Er heiratete eine Deutsche und gründete eine Familie. Doch schon während der Weimarer Republik fand man, Farbige sollten den Deutschen keine Arbeitsplätze mehr wegnehmen. Bald konnten sie nur noch in den sehr beliebten »Völkerschauen« unterkommen. In der Nazizeit wurden ihnen die deutschen Pässe entzogen. Nur als stumme Komparsen in den zahl reichen Kolonialfilmen waren sie noch gefragt.

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#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

#27: Kathy Iandoli – God save the Queens

In this episode I talked with Kathy Iandoli about her new book "Go save the Queens" - the long overdue 'her'story of women in Hip Hop written by the veteran Hip Hop author.  It's About time  Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019

 Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Fall 2019! Apple and Spotify Congrats on Mahalia for her first release album! I've been following her for a while now and love her debut!Also big congrats to Lafyette from episode #19 on his first release! His song We love, then...

read more
The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019

  Check out The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Summer 2019! Apple and Spotify Until soon, xxx, AnaYou can support my work if you become a Patron. It's simple: choose one of 4 tiers and receive shoutouts, free The Healer Hip Hop Merch, behind the scenes access and more!

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