Mar 30 | 2016 HipHop Literacies Conference

Black Women and Girls' Lives Matter

The 2016 HipHop Literacies Conference, Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter, will illuminate issues in the struggle to engender the fight for racial justice.

The conference aims to ensure that the needs of black and brown girls and women are fully addressed as they continue the fight to dismantle institutional racism and promote healing for collective empowerment of black and brown communities.

Increasing the opportunities for women and girls of color by breaking down the structural barriers that impede success is important to our advancement as a nation. It isn’t just the responsibility of government to institute initiatives to balance the scales or organizations committed to social justice to fight for the disadvantaged. It is all of our responsibilities.

The HipHop Literacies Conference is a way to discuss important issues to make real change today so tomorrow’s women and girls of color do not face the same injustices of the past.



Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter: What movement is necessary to harness cultural resources that can alleviate suffering?

To kick off the 2016 HipHop Literacies Conference, three well known university professors will lead a discussion about what it will take to make Black women and girls’ lives matter in the classroom, society and the academy.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books: The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children (2009) and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms (2001), as well as numerous top-tier journal articles and book chapters. She has won numerous scholarly awards.  She is the architect of Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Theory, which describes the dispositions, practices and skills of teachers, who engaged the sociopolitical context of African American students’ lives and culture to promote their educational achievement and empowerment. Her current work focuses on hip-hop as the culture that enlivens and invigorates contemporary students and is a primary driver of maintaining culturally relevant pedagogy.

Brittney Cooper

Dr. Brittney Cooper
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rutgers University
Dr. Cooper is a Black feminist theorist specializing in Black women’s intellectual history, hip-hop generation feminism and race and gender representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press) examines the long history of Black women’s thought leadership in the United States, with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism. She is a sought after public speaker and commentator with a weekly column on race and gender politics at Her work also has appeared in numerous publications including: New York Times, Washington Post,, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times,, The and MSNBC. Brittney co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective, a popular feminist blog.

Ersula Ore

Dr. Ersula Ore
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies
Arizona State University
Dr. Ore teaches courses in black women’s history, contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetorics and critical theories of race, and the African American rhetorical tradition. Her forthcoming book, Lynching: A Rhetoric of Civic Belonging (University of Mississippi Press), examines anti-black lynchings during the long post-bellum period as violent discursive action contesting the legislated inclusion of blacks within the nation.


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View the complete HipHop Literacies agenda




Jessica Care Moore
Headline Artist for the 2016 HipHop Literacies Concert!

The 2016 Hiphop Literacies Conference (HHLC) is excited to announce that internationally Renowned Artist and Producer jessica Care moore will be performing at the HHLC concert.  jessica Care moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation.  An internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer, she is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My MouthThe Alphabet Verses, The GhettoGod is Not an AmericanSunlight Through Bullet Holes, and a memoir, Love is Not The Enemy. Her poetry has been heard on stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has performed on every continent. jessica Care moore believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone.

Other concert performers include Cynthia Amoah, Crystal Endsley, Black Girl Genius Crew, Mother Nature, and Bella Bahhs!  DJ on the Wheels of Steel is J. Rawls!  You don’t wanna miss this concert. Register now!  Concert is included in Conference registration fee!


Registration has closed.  Lunch and dinner are at maximum capacity.  However, there may be space available in the various sessions.  Please contact Sean Thompson,, for more details.


Hotel Accommodations

SpringHill Suites – Columbus OSU
1421 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH  43212

Space and rates based on availability
For tax exemption, you will need to provide your organization’s tax exempt number.

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  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Department of Teaching and Learning
  • The Ohio State University – Lima Campus
  • LiteracyStudies@OSU
  • Office of Student Life
  • Department of English
  • Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Comparative Studies
  • College of Social Work
  • Department of African American and African Studies
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Arts and Sciences, Recruitment and Diversity Services
  • Center for Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis
  • Central Ohio Women’s Fund
  • EHE Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • The Ohio State University Libraries
  • The Ohio State University Multicultural Center



A literacy conference providing a space for community dialogue and reflection upon issues that are relevant to the lives of hip-hop generation youth, in relation to education, healthcare, overall well-being and cultural development.



Funds will be used for scholars, students, educators, community leaders and artists to facilitate workshops, keynotes, community forums and artistic performances.

Your donations will provide ample opportunities for community outreach to families, area schools and our university community.



Sean Thompson, 614.688.5392,