Adisa Banjoko has been making moves amidst the showing of the mind-blowing hip hop exhibit at the Oakland Museum. More on that later. On July 29th, Banjoko was on panel discussion titled, “Protect Your Queen” which focused on hip hop, martial arts and the symbolism of protecting the Black woman (Queen).
Banjoko dropped some pearls of wisdom in discussing the powerful role that women played in society including ancient African societies where matriarch governed led warriors into battle. One may remember the military guard of Wakanda in the movie, “The Black Panther.” He also mentioned the legendary MGT of the Nation of Islam, a paramilitary women’s group. The name of Matamba’s Queen Nzinga was invoked as Banjoko discussed the very survival of societies depended on the sanctity of womanhood.
As for the Oakland Museum exhibit, “RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom” it tells the story of one of the most vibrant and far-reaching cultural movements of the 20th century. Once passed off as a fad, hip hop has swept the globe and has given rise to a number of social platforms. The museum describes the exhibit this way…
Hip-Hop is one of the widest reaching cultural and social movements of the last 50 years. Discover the under-recognized story of how Hip-Hop changed the world, starting from its roots on the streets before rap, DJing, graffiti, breakin’ (breakdancing), and street fashion launched into mainstream popular culture. Through photography, video, art, music, dance, fashion, and interactive gallery features, explore how Hip-Hop provides a platform for creative self-expression, activism, positive social change, youth development, entrepreneurialism, and education. Created in collaboration with and participation from numerous members of the Hip-Hop community, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom tells a fresh story of the evolution of this global phenomenon, and includes a spotlight on Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area’s influence on Hip-Hop culture.
The exhibit began in March and ends on August 12th. Recently the exhibit was featured on PBS
Video by PBS