This Women's History Month, Give a Beat is celebrating amazing female artists and activists making history! All across the nation, we see women breaking barriers and raising their voices.
Last year, Give a Beat hosted veteran Detroit-based house music legend Stacey Hotwaxx Hale at the wonderful forward-thinking New Village Girls Academy. Hotwaxx shared her background, her career making her way through a male dominated industry, inspiring the girls. We also had a DJ dance party in the quad and then the girls had a chance to get on the Native Instruments Traktor themselves!
On March 14th, Give a Beat returned to New Village Girls Academy to host a music and activism workshop led by Madame Gandhi as part of the school's Wellness Day program. Madame Gandhi kicked off the day with an inspirational talk and a sampling of her music combining passion and purpose.
Madame Gandhi is a drummer, DJ, feminist activist dedicated to uplifting the voices of women and girls.
New Village Girls Academy, an all girls charter school in Los Angeles, offers students a transformative educational experience using the "Big Picture" learning model. Their goal is to provide a personalized education for girls in a small school setting, focusing on their interests and passions.
Women represent the fastest growing population in the prison system with a 700% increase in the last 40 years and yet their stories are often unknown to the public. The majority of the time, incarcerated women have experienced multiple forms of trauma in their lives leading up to incarceration. This trauma is only compounded upon becoming incarcerated. It's essential we shed a light on the women who are marginalized and often ignored. These women are survivors! Many youth Give a Beat serves are directly affected by incarceration in their homes or communities.