Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak explores how young women navigate the space of Hip Hop music and culture to form ideas concerning race, body, class, inequality and privilege. The thriving atmosphere of Atlanta, Georgia serves as the nexus of the book and the background against which these youth consume Hip Hop. The text focuses on how the city’s social conservative politics, urban gentrification, race relations, Southern flavored Hip Hop music and culture, and booming adult entertainment industry rest in their periphery. Intertwined within the girls’ exploration of Hip Hop and coming-of-age in Atlanta, GA, the author shares her love for the culture, struggles of being a queer educator and a Black lesbian living and researching in the South, and reimagining Hip Hop pedagogy for urban learners.

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“Early Praise for Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Identities and Politics in the New South.”
New York: Peter Lang Publishing

“With the unflinching bravery of a Hiphop feminist, Love confronts the damaging effects of Hiphop on young Black girls, while loving Hiphop and articulating how it reflects the racism, capitalism, sexism and patriarchy of America.”
Elaine Richardson, The Ohio State University, Author of Hiphop Literacies

“Love’s unique stance is bold and a critical conversation starter. We travel with the author from Rochester, New York to Atlanta, Georgia, making stops along the way to deconstruct the media’s role in contemporary hip-hop, address the consumption of hip-hop by Black girls, explore the role of the South on hip-hop, and meet seven amazing young women who take us on this starkly honest journey. This book is a beautiful piece of scholarship.”
Christopher Emdin, Columbia University, Author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation

“Love reminds us of the intersecting importance of context, youth voice and power, which has given rise to a generation of young women who are scripting their own stories in hip hop. It is their right to author and our responsibility to listen. Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak substantively extends our conversation about what hip hop is, what it has become, and what it could be.”
Donyell L. Roseboro, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Co-author of The Sexuality Curriculum and Youth Culture

Writings on Hip Hop

Love, B. L. (in press). Knowledge reigns supreme: The fifth element, hip hop critical pedagogy and community. In C. Emdin, A. Cook, & T. Jones (Eds.), #HipHopEd: The manual – volume 1.

Love, B. L. (2015). What is hip hop-based education doing in nice fields like early childhood and elementary education? Urban Education. 50(1), 106-131.

Love, B. L. (2014). “Too young for the marches but I remember these drums”: Recommended pedagogies for hip hop-based education and youth studies. In A. Ibrahim & S. Steinberg (Eds.), The critical youth studies reader (pp. 444-451). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Love, B. L. (2014). Culturally relevant cyphers: Rethinking classroom management through hip hop-based education. In A. Honigsfeld & A. Cohan (Eds.), Breaking the mold of classroom management: Innovative and successful practices for the 21st century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Love. B. L. (2014). Urban storytelling: How storyboarding, moviemaking & hip hop-based education can promote students’ critical voice. English Journal.

Love, B. L. (2013) Black masculinity, racism, hip hop swag & teacher beliefs’: What can teachers learn from the death of Trayvon Martin. The Urban Review.

Love, B. L. (2013). ‘Oh, they’re sending a bad message to kids and about blacks’: Black males resisting & challenging eurocentric notions of blackness within Hip Hop through critical pedagogy. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy.

Love, B. L. (2011). Where are the White girls? A qualitative analysis of how six African American girls made meaning of their sexuality, race and gender through the lens of rap. In D. Carlson & D. Roseboro (Eds.), The sexuality curriculum: youth culture, popular culture, and progressive sexuality education (pp. 122-135). New York: Peter Lang Publishing

Love, B. L. (2010). Commercial hip hop: The sounds and images of a racial project. In D. P. Alridge, J. B. Stewart, & V. P. Franklin (Eds.), Message in the music: Hip hop, history, and pedagogy (pp. 55-67). Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Esposito, J., & Love, B. L. (2008). More than a video ho: Hip hop as a site of sex education about girls’ sexual desires. In D. Boyles (Ed.), The corporate assault on youth: Commercialism, exploitation, and the end of innocence (pp. 43-82). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Writings on Black Feminism

Evans-Winters, V. E., & Love, B. L. (Eds.) (in press). Black feminism in education: Black women speak back, up, and out. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Love, B. L. (2013). Black girlhood, embodied knowledge, and hip hop feminist pedagogy. In C. Dillard & C. Okpalaoka (Eds.), Engaging culture, race, and spirituality in education: New visions (pp. 167-173). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Writings on Queer Youth

Love, B. L. (2013). Examining the oppressor within: Lessons learned by a northern researcher in the south. In R. Whitlock (Ed.), Queer south rising: Voices of a contested place (pp. 84-101). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Love, B. L. & Tosolt, B. (2013). Go underground or in your face: Queer students’ negotiation of all-girls catholic schools. The Journal of LGBT Youth.

Esposito, J., & Love, B. L. (2008). The Black lesbians are White and the studs are femmes: A cultural studies analysis of the L word. Gender Forum 23: http://www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de/

Esposito, J., Davis, C. L., & Love, B. L. (2007). Life in the closet on Brokeback Mountain: Learning about shame, fear, and homophobia. Educational Studies, 41(1), 93-99.

Writings on Race & Equity in Education

Love, B. L., & Bradley, R. N. (in press). Teaching Trayvon: Teaching about racism through public pedagogy, hip hop, black trauma, and social media. In J. Martin (Ed.), Racial battle fatigue: Insights from the front lines of social justice advocacy. New York, NY: Praeger.

Love, B. L. (2013). “I see Trayvon Martin”: What teachers can learn from the tragic death of a young black male. The Urban Review, 45(3), 1-15.

Cutts, Q., Love, B. L. & Davis, C. L. (2012). Being uprooted: Autobiographical reflections of learning in the [new] south. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.

Tosolt, B. & Love, B. L. (2011). Racial harmony & heroes: A content analysis of the Pearson reading program “good habits, great readers.” Critical Questions in Education, 2(1): http://education.missouristate.edu/AcadEd/99057.htm

Writings on Politics & Race

Love, B. L. & Tosolt, B. (2012). African Americans’ double consciousness after the election of Barack Obama: “…This is America after all.” Journal of Black Masculinity.

Love, B. L. & Tosolt, B. (2010). Reality or rhetoric? Barack Obama and post-racial America. Race Gender & Class, 12 (3-4), 27-34