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Coinage of the term “hip hop” is often credited to Keith Cowboy, a rapper with Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Former Black Spades gang member Afrika Bambaataa is credited with first using the term to describe the subculture that hip hop music belongs to.
Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1992) was the first full-length film with general theatrical release by an African-American woman. A long history of films by African-American women had preceded this achievement.
Soundz of Spirit (60 min)
Joslyn Rose Lyons
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Soundz of Spirit explores the creative process behind hip-hop and captures artists in their moments of inspiration. It highlights the hip-hop culture's positive strengths and speaks about creativity and spirituality.

I first got the idea for this film while going to shows, seeing artists backstage, and witnessing their creative processes. This film is my journey to understanding how I personally and spiritually connect to hip-hop music and its message.

My generation of women artists and artists in general face an increasing corporate monopolization of all forms of media. What empowers me is the realization that corporations need us. The artist can exist without the industry; but the industry cannot exist without the artist. Once we recognize this, we empower ourselves and create from an even more authentic place.

By following our highest calling in life but still staying true to ourselves, we can uplift our own vibration. When we are vibrating on a higher plane, we inspire others to uplift and ultimately inspire our communities, societies and world.

Soundz of Spirit features powerful performances and in-depth interviews with a diverse group of hip-hop artists, including MCs, DJs, poets, producers, and dancers. It features KRS-1, Andre 3000 of Outkast, Common, Cee-Lo, KRS-1, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, Nappy Roots, Jurassic 5, Zion I, Hieroglyphics, Rakaa Iriscience Dilated Peoples, The Last Poets, Martin Luther, Aceyalone, Mystic, DJ Q-Bert, Living Legends, Saul Williams, Medusa, Goapele, Michael Franti, and many others.

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