About Hip Hop Bruha
Hip Hop Bruha is an online think platform and podcast show that seeks to provide a critical analysis on everything from Hip Hop, Pop Culture to all things political through an intersectional feminism lens.
Hip Hop Bruha Origins:
Originally, Hip Hop Bruha began as a collective effort to bring forth this online project. However, the original vision has shifted into a podcasting platform (with some occasional blogging) which had been an idea mentioned several times amongst several core members to hopefully someday implement. The emergence of this new Hip Hop Bruha's podcast show is a way to move forward and expand Hip Hop Bruha's work while still honoring its original principles. The new podcast show is managed by a sole Program Director and Host, DJ Kuttin Kandi along with a few guest hosts and surprise visits by some of Hip Hop Bruha's Collective.
We also began as Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Diasporic Asians, Mixed Race Asians, West Asians, Indigenous Peoples, and allies/accomplices who were/are organizing by ways of creative, scholarly, and journalistic writing to: encourage collective learning and critical thinking; highlight artists, writers, community organizers/activists, scholars, feminist/womanist/pin@yism thinkers and their work; offer creative space for expression; serve Asian and Pacific Islander communities locally to globally; debunk the model minority myth; address and eradicate anti-black racism within, through, and beyond AA/PI communities; work in solidarity with marginalized peoples/communities to dismantle systems of oppression; support all folx of color: Black and Brown, indigenous, womxn, sick and disabled, queer and trans. Since the transition from blogging to podcasting, Hip Hop Bruha has expanded to be a fully diverse community of guest contributors and hosts that cover a wide array of topics pertaining to Hip Hop, Pop-Culture, Politics and Feminism.
As we move forward with our work in a new path and vision amongst a diverse community and audience we still firmly honor our original principle:
While we intend to honor the ways AA/PI contribute to Hip Hop, we first and foremost acknowledge the culture’s origins in Black and Brown working class communities. We recognize the role Hip Hop has played in our own lives- its ability to educate, strengthen, and uplift us as POC of other marginalized identities- is due to its historical legacy of resistance rooted in the African Diaspora and shaped by the culture and collective experiences of Black people. We are committed to not replicating the appropriative tendencies of the oppressive structures we seek to dismantle through the de-centering and erasure of Blackness in our discourse about the culture. Thus, it is with great intention and purpose that we, Hip Hop Bruha, embrace critical consciousness and reflexivity in ways we participate, engage, and contribute to Hip Hop Culture, Pop-Culture and beyond. Our language and thinking is not static; it is constantly evolving with how our relationships and movements shift through the political climate of the world we live in. As continuous learners, HHB seeks to make use of this affinity space to not only share our own personal narratives as AA/PI, but also to provide deep analysis that challenges ourselves and our communities to question how we may be complicit in oppressive hegemonic structures, and how we may be enabling, enacting, and perpetuating forms of oppressions-particularly antiblackness. This involves not only addressing racism against Asians and Pacific Islanders, but also challenging the specific ways we are positioned and how we position ourselves in the racial hierarchy.
Why Hip Hop Bruha?
Hip Hop Bruha is not just Hip Hop
Hip Hop Bruha is not just Feminism
Hip Hop Bruha is BRUHA...
not meant for anyone’s consumption;
not meant for anyone’s voyeurism or tokenization;
not meant to be understood
but to just BE.
As defined by scholar-activist Rev. Joseph Allen Ruanto-Ramirez,
“‘Bruha’” is the Tagalogized term of the Spanish word "bruja" meaning "witch." Bruhas are the shamans, healers, artists, musicians, story tellers, and historians. They are the bridge that connects the natural with the supernatural, the normal with the other, the reality with the imaginary, the material with the abstract, the physical with the spiritual, the history with the present and the possible future. They are outside of the realm of the norm; they are queer. They were leaders and warriors; they were colonized and demonized. They invoke fear to those who are comfortable, those who wish no change, those who are institutionalized. Bruha are never White; they are soiled, dirty, brown, black, red, yellow, of color. They are silenced, thrown into the margins, the outskirts. They speak in different tongues - some say jargon and babble, others say the language of the forgotten, the language of the unknown, the language that transcends the minds, hearts, and souls of humans. The Bruha is magical, not the hocus pocus kind of magical, but because they are often ghettoized, marginalized, silenced, and destroyed, they can never die. They come back, only to take form anew. They come back in new times where they exist between and betwixt the margins of society's own contradicting existence.”
When Hip Hop & Bruha collides - the world shatters. But even then, everything around us begins to make sense. Perhaps it's through the radio dial or through the spin of that old turntable we are able to channel all sensibilities. Either way, it falls apart as it picks up pieces of our broken selves. Like the vinyl records we dust off to listen to familiar crispy hisses or like the song of a babaylan to heal our wounds - we are found because we were never lost. And to many of us; we were never broken. We just collide - fiercely. We are just merely taking shape, (re)claiming spaces and taking form anew ----
Hip Hop Bruha is We. We Are Hip Hop Bruha.
We at Hip Hop Bruha embrace our mission as part of a complex continuum built from the critical analysis and groundwork of those who came before us. Too often the contributions of women of color, queer and trans women of color and gender non-conforming, in all fields and sectors are taken for granted, minimized, or ignored altogether. This marginalization and erasure is especially paradoxical in the realm of movements and anti-oppression efforts. The separation of theory from theorist vitiates the critical analyses themselves, resulting in the shallow exaltation of buzz terms and jargon in a way that often undermines the original sentiment and potential of the works.
In our commitment to preserve and honor the radical legacy of creative resistance we seek to expand, we wish to acknowledge the following list of individuals and collectives who have enlightened, inspired, and energized us. We urge our readers to view this list less as a definitive resource but more as a work in progress as we continue to learn, rediscover, and consolidate. We welcome the feedback and contributions of our community in this process.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Joan Morgan, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tricia Rose, Gwendolyn Pough, Crunk Feminist Collective, The Feminist Wire, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Yuri Kochiyama, Grace Lee Boggs, AF3IRM, INCITE, Melinda L. de Jesús, Gwendolyn D. Pough, Rosa Clemente, Rachel Raimist, Patricia Hills Collins, Ruth Nicole Brown, Bettina L. Love, Imani Perry, Sofia Quintero, Aisha S. Durham, Nitasha Sharma, Raquel Rivera, Mia Mingus, Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Black Lives Matter, Angela Davis, GABRIELA, Diane Fujino, Mari Matsuda, ASIAN!, Ruth Gilmore, Julia Sudbury, Arundhati Roy, Lorena Barros, Zapatistas, Chandra Mohanty, Sunera Thobani, Lucy Parsons, Sista Souljah, Frida Khalo, DRUM, Toni Blackman, the aNoMoLies, Cristina Veran, Akiba Solmon, Tarana Burke, Jean Grae, Marcyliena Morgan, Ava Duvernay, Moya Bailey,