by Tom Nguyen
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll watch these videos that premiered on International Women’s Day 2018 and smash the patriarchy!
“US” – Ruby Ibarra, featuring Rocky Rivera, Klassy, Faith Santilla
Rapper Ruby Ibarra is joined by fellow Bay Area MC Rocky Rivera, Klassy from Echo Park and Los Angeles spoken word artist Faith Santilla for an explosive anthem on Pinay pride. Rocky Rivera says of of the video, “So proud to add my perspective on what it means to be PINAY. We are many shades of militant and we are not your FETISH. I hope lil bby Pinays look at this video and feel proud.” Ruby Ibarra recently played an amazing show at the Bootleg Theater to celebrate her debut album Circa91, and Faith Santilla and Klassy performed last week at AF3IRM LA‘s annual International Women’s Day rally & march (peep my live video).
“Dueña de Mi” – La Misa Negra
Oakland cumbia band La Misa Negra, fronted by lead singer Diana Trujillo, fiercely and unapologetically affirms women’s right to choose, in a song that premiered on Billboard, with video from recent women’s marches for equality, and Spanish lyrics proclaiming “I’m the owner of all my body, and I won’t be told when to procreate”. They are currently performing on the road, appearing next at SXSW.
“Necesario” – Nakury
Costa Rican hip hop activist Nakury releases empowering video for International Women’s Day, starring over 30 women coming from different artistic and sports backgrounds. She will perform at SXSW and is the director of an upcoming documentary “Somos Guerreras” (We Are Warriors), produced by a collective with Rebeca Lane and Audry Funk.