It's My Beat

(Beta Max)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I rhyme like a girl!

Freestyle Union Cipher Workshop for
Female MC’s and Hip-Hop Poets
with Toni Blackman

October 18th
6:30-8:30 (out of room by 9pm)
New School University Campus/The Lang Student Center is located at
55 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues on the north side
of the street. Multipurpose Room, Ground Floor.

Toni Blackman’s participant-centered vibe-session creates a space for every
MC, every style, and every voice. Build your skills, vibe with other female
hip-hop heads and let your voice be a part of the movement to elevate
hip-hop music and culture. Historically, there’s been only one female per
crew, but we in the cipher believe that our collective power is what is
needed to make a real
difference in the numbers.

Ladies, don’t sit by the wayside complaining about the lack of females in
the game get in the game and get open....

Great musicians practice and go to jam sessions. Great athletes
train. Tight MC’s have to put in the work to become tight MC’s...

Female voices will be heard, but fellas are welcome to watch the
women work. Guys, come out and support! You don't need to be an MC
to come.

No RSVP needed to attend.
For more info, please call the Institute for Urban Education at
Or visit our website at

By Subway
The Lang Student Center is accessible by a variety of subway lines.
You may take:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, W or L trains to 14th Street and Union
Square. Walk south to 13th Street, then west (turn right) to 55
West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).
The A, B, C, E, F, V and S trains to West 4th Street. Walk north
along 6th Avenue to 13th Street. Walk east (turn right) on 13th
Street to 55 West 13th Street.
The 1, 9, 2 or 3 trains to 14th Street. Walk east to 6th Avenue and
take a right. Walk to 13th Street and turn left to 55 West 13th
The PATH train from New Jersey stops at 9th Street and 6th Avenue.
Walk north to 13th Street, then east (turn right).

Freestyle Union and The Institute for Urban Education
(Eugene Lang College/New School) are proud Co-sponsors.

****************Mark your calendars for 10/18/, and 11/15
6:15-9:15pm (including set up and clean up). Same Location.


Freestyle Union (FU) for Female MC’s: I RHYME LIKE A GIRL is a project
developed by Toni Blackman. The FU Cipher Workshop began 10 years ago in
Washington, DC and has been the breeding ground for some of most highly
skilled rap lyricists. FU philosophies have been spread all over the world
through Toni’s travel as an ambassador of hip-hop music and culture.
Daughters of the Cipher was Toni’s first exploration into having a cipher
just for female MC’s in the late 1990’s, but 3 years ago with the help of a
Soros Fellowship she was able to re-launch the vision. The Cipher currently
runs without funding, but through our monthly gatherings, strategic planning
sessions and our female hip-hop summit in 2006 we are confident that we will
attract the funding needed to continue expanding the work. We will work in
partnership with a variety of efforts lead by women in hip-hop both in the
New York area and around the world. This is an exciting to be a woman, to
be a hip-hop be a part of the women in hip-hop movement.

Toni Blackman
Dream with your eyes wide open...