Praise for Conscious Women Rock the Page

Mainstream media only covers about 2% of what Hip Hop culture is really about. The authors of Conscious Women have assembled their collective knowledge, experience and insights to offer you access to the other 98%–or at least set you upon the right path. Necessary and long overdue, I couldn’t suggest a stronger, more integrity filled team of artist-activists to do the job. Get prepared for an eye-opening journey!”

Toni Blackman
U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador/Artist

The revolution is coming and its advance guard will be powerfully conscious and self-reflexive women of the Hip-Hop generation! The struggle ahead demands a fist inside our hearts, and a critical way to re-envision ourselves as active agents for social justice. Read Conscious Women and join the revolution.

Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Struggle for Revolution
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

This is the next needed text for keeping hip-hop in today’s classroom.

Kenji Jasper, editor of Beats, Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop

Among our new, emerging and dynamic community of educators that come with rich ideas and fresh approaches to instruction, it goes without saying that Hip Hop’s cultural and oral tradition is an effective, yet often overlooked key to culturally responsive teaching and the “liberation through education” approach. This book, ironically created by an equally overlooked segment of the Hip Hop community — its women — is right on time with activities that allow for critical analysis, engaging, active learning, and non-traditional forms of assessment, perfect for meeting the varied needs of the students we serve. Congrats and Many Thanks to these sisters for a job well done!

Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed, educator, MC, Founder of Guerilla Arts Ink, and co-founder of Educational Lyrics, publishers of H.E.L.P.: The Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program.

In the tradition of great lifestyle movements that speak to the aestetic of our gender, Conscious Women Rock the Page…has woven our experiences and fantasies into tools that identify social injustice & change, sexism & adoration, field hollers & corporate shieks and basically a voice to proclaim to our daughters through codes that we still matter. It Boldly Supports the Daring Declaration that We still matter! This work is the Equivelant of a generation x, y and z’s Women Who Dance with the Wolves.

Nicole Duncan-Smith, Youth Media & Brand Specialist, Pop Culture Lecturer, Producer & Author, author of I Am Hip-Hop and producer for Blokhedz animated movie

Conscious Women Rock the Page’ is today’s Hip Hop revolutionary instrument for all classrooms worldwide! It is written by beautiful conscious women who are not just “in the know²” about political and social conflicts; they are in the trenches fighting for the revolution everyday. This is an important guide for all educators, mentors and activists dedicated to utilizing Hip Hop as an essential tool to help create awareness and discussion about various social issues and injustices such as racism, sexism and homophobia. This book is more than just a ³curriculum²; it is a journey that will not only inspire your students to fight for social change, but will also motivate teachers to want to be more involved.

DJ Kuttin Kandi of 5th Platoon, Anomolies, R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop, Gabriela Network and The Women¹s Center at the University of California, San Diego

What if every novel came with a set of lesson plans to help inspire the reader to make a positive difference? Not only would our humble masterpieces live longer and travel much further than the page can take us, but so would we…Cool and Crucial, this collective work is not only a resource guide for the Hip Hop generation, but for the educators, nurturers, secret fans, haters, and capitalists of the Culture. There is something in these pages for everyone (women, men, fans and activists alike) seeking new tools with which to construct a better life and world. And for those who aren’t quite ready, it is a timely nudge in a hip and healthy direction.

Queen GodIs critically acclaimed debut album Power U!, International Performance Artist: Hip Hop, Theater, Spoken Word, Educator and Founder of Queen GodIs University in Brooklyn, NY

A groundbreaking curriculum! The ladies of Conscious Women Rock the Page are taking Hip- Hop and education to new heights. The fact is that our youth read and love Hip-Hop fiction, and they have a strong connection to these stories whether they connect to the environment, drama or a character. Conscious Women Rock the Page is a great tool to help educators engage and learn about their students, while combining English Language Arts and life skills as a way to look at adversity, privilege, and social justice in a fresh perspective. Conscious women not only rocks the page, it also freaks the system.

Martha Diaz, Filmmaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President of the Hip-Hop Association

Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change offers voices that are strong, thoughtful and completely organic to the culture of Hip-Hop,without a hint of pandering or condescension. Their words engage students on their own terms, and give them the tools they need to think critically about the world as it is…and as it could be.

Joe G. Schloss, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, New York University Author of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop, and Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York

As the literature and curriculum of Hip-Hop begins to crystallize nationally and internationally, Conscious Women sets its marker at a critical juncture in history. This bright and talented group of writers are helping to redefine education while challenging notions of gender in cultural leadership and Hip-Hop intellectualism.

Shamako Noble, Executive Director and President of Hip-Hop Congress and CEO of Rondavoux Records.

Through the artful use of novels, self reflection, and lyrics, Conscious Women Rock the Page once again demonstrates how Hip Hop has come of age as a powerful source for both social and educational change. If you are interested in harnessing the power of Hip Hop culture to teach for social justice, rock your classroom with Conscious Women Rock the Page.

Wayne Au, contributing editor for the social justice teaching journal “Rethinking Schools,” and assistant professor of secondary education at California State University, Fullerton

Testimonials about the Hip Hop Education Guidebook:

Holding The Hip-Hop Guidebook in my hands helps put me at ease. It tells me that being a teacher and being hip-hop are not contradictory, and that, as the hip-hop generation matures, we are renaming ourselves as hip-hop educators, hip-hop activists, and hip-hop journalists. We are creating new identities for new times and new generations.

Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools, We are Hip Hop

To be sure, any number of colleges and universities today are offering courses on hip-hop culture. But studying this material is still not a widespread
activity among educators who work with high-school-aged and younger students. Educators Uke Marcella Runell are trying to change that.

Felcia Pride, Black Issues Book Review “School of Hip Hop”

Finally, a book that deftly (and def-ly) chronicles the history, development and practice of Hip-Hop-In-Education, and more importantly- Hip-Hop AS education. If education is not one of the first ten elements of Hip-Hop, then nobody in Hip-Hop is keepin’ it real except teachers.

Danny Hoch, Writer, Actor, Founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Teachers have no other choice but to learn how to use Hip Hop in the classroom. It’s the language of the children. They have to respect the culture of Hip-Hop.

Talib Kweli, Hip-Hop artist

The Hip-Hop Association represents a crucial movement in the evolution of hip-hop culture–one that values media and education. This guidebook is a testament to their dedication to providing high-quality, relevant and dynamic educational resources for the next generation of hip-hop leaders.

Michael Cirelli, author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics , Executive Director of Urban Word NYC

Testimonials for Love, Race, & Liberation book:

Finalist of the 2010 Indie Excellence Sponsor’s Choice Prize

“This book is a grand tribute to the love of freedom and the courage to struggle for justice. Don’t miss it!”

Cornel West, Princeton University

“Love, Race, and Liberation is an essential resource for all of us who care about justice. I’m thrilled to see this visionary but very hands-on and accessible curriculum because it is creative, inspiring and comes from a loving place dedicated to our collective liberation. Don’t just read this book, use it!”

Paul Kivel, social justice educator, activist, and author of Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (

“Love, Race, and Liberation helps to pull all of us, regardless of race, from the societal stupor of a systemic racism that is taken for granted and therefore threatens to become frozen in time as the status quo. The curriculum guides and the letters of conscience allow teacher and student, Black or white, to take a learning and liberating journey, past the untruths and fear of the unknown that have plagued the American discourse on race for centuries. It makes a conversation about race possible, a conversation between people about people. The insights presented in this work, founded in skilled pedagogy, will help teachers and parents facilitate a transformational learning experience that is really more about the future than the past.”

Dr. Perry Greene, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Adelphi University, whose research interests include urban youth culture and Critical Race Theory

“Love, Race, and Liberation is aptly titled, for it compassionately and non-judgmentally investigates issues of “race” and “race” relations by providing a curricular framework to further awareness, understanding, and liberatory transformation. This is a critical resource for anyone interested in advancing the cause of human relations and social justice.”

Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University, and Co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Second Edition (Routledge, 2010)

“Race in America is complicated–and the role that Caucasian Americans play in it is like the craziest game of Twister you’ve ever seen. But with Love, Race, and Liberation; ‘Til The White Day is Done, JLove and Marcella don’t get things twisted. In this world of GPS navigation, sometimes a map is the best way to go. Unfold it and get to where we need to be.”

Sacha Jenkins, co-author, ego trip’s big book of racism

“What would you do if it were your child?” Just one of the multitude of provocative questions and issues raised in this exciting, innovative resource for teachers and trainers. Love, Race, and Liberation provides practical, accessible educational tools for use in classrooms and workshop sessions. These ready-to-use lesson plans and compelling personal reflections will challenge learners to awaken their racial consciousness, engage in authentic dialogue about dynamics of race and racism, and develop the critical competencies and commitment to help create inclusive, socially just communities for all people.

Kathy Obear, social justice educator and advocate, Social Justice Institute (

These political times call for new pathways and visions for supporting personal and collective empowerment for social justice. Love, Race and Liberation provides a hands-on and inspiring curriculum for use in classrooms and community settings. This promises to be a critical and practical resource for youth leaders, anti-racist educators, teachers,
dialogue practitioners, community activists interested in bridging racial divides through education, sustained dialogue and action.

Ximena Zúñiga, Associate Professor of Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge 2010) and co-author of Intergroup Dialogue: Meaningful Learning for Social Justice (Jossey Bass 2007).

Calderon and Runell Hall are unmasking the hegemonic race machine that has corroded American education and are counteracting it with meaningful curricula, dialogue and hope. This collection not only aims at transforming the lives of our students, but most importantly the practice of our teachers.

Michael Cirelli, Executive Director, Urban Word NYC