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Women's Empowerment Through Hip Hop

I work for an organization called Nomadic Wax, which is dedicated to using media - namely music and film - as a tool for social change, activism, education, and empowerment around the world. Nomadic Wax works with powerful artists/activists from Argentina to Haiti to Senegal to Iraq - to use hip hop to empower and educate youth around the world. We organize workshops, conferences, discussions, film screenings and festivals focused on these topics. Nomadic Wax creative director Magee McIlvaine traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with members of Montreal-based hip hop group Nomadic Massive to conduct one such workshop with youth in the slums of Port-au-Prince:

We are not the only organization doing this. There are other grassroots organizations with the same passion organizing similar events to engage, educate, and empower through art, specifically hip hop. Recently, I came across this documentary short of a workshop in Goree Island, Senegal organized for young African women. They're reactions to the workshop are powerful, and demonstrate the great potential for such projects to empower youth, build connections and develop a community across borders:

Presently, I'm helping to organize a cultural exchange between African-American and Senegalese artists/activists, in commemoration of Black History Month. They will meet in Dakar, conduct workshops with local youth, record collaborations, and hold a concert. Listening to participants of similar projects exclaim how much the experience meant to them inspires me to work to organize more.


nilima's picture

hi breese, i am much pleased

hi breese,

i am much pleased to read about your work. Yes media is the most powerful medium for change and i glad that you are using this to change this world. you are doing a great job. All my best wishes to you for further work.

with love


Breese's picture

thank you!

Thanks, Nilima! Your words mean a lot to me. It's so exciting to see such impact. My best to you and your endeavors! Great to connect with you :)

Hi Breese,

I thought I knew all the major organizations using music to promote social change - I never heard of Nomadic Wax. Thanks for sharing this!!

Also, I really like the way you write. I read your profile and you sound well-traveled. You might be interested in this opportunity. The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma is giving away $5,000 cash prize each to two winners.

The submission deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013.

More information here:



Breese's picture

Hi Jennifer, Thank you so

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you so much for your comment, and for sharing the information about the Dart awards on PulseWire. I don't think I qualify, but I know there are lots of women on PulseWire who do.

All the best,

missjenn's picture


Hi Breese,

No worries. Thanks again for introducing me to Nomadic Wax - awesome website!

Kind regards,


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