The Black Women’s Fairy Tale Museum Journal
July 2013/April 2014
The Black Women's Fairy Tale Museum
Creating the third space through hip hop
Like the folklore of the “The Black House” the property rumored to be a house Lauryn Hill gifted her mother (a painted Black house adorned with Adinkra symbols in an “upscale” section of Newark actually owned by Oiada International) the power of naming, renaming, imagining and creating folklore, this imagined and cultural space third space of truth between “reality” and existing fairytales and myth and battleground was at the core of Black women's survival strategy - our art, cultural production to rebuild the imagined community to re-mythologize the self, to bear witness, triumph madness and win, everywhere in the United States and Newark, NJ too.
Newark becomes a powerful site of cultural mythologizing.
It is said that when Queen Latifah would travel from Newark to NY one of her favorite parties was at Latin Quarters in Midtown Manhattan. This is where she saw Sweet Tee and Jazzy Joyce, though she admired the other women rappers like Salt-n-Pepa and others, it was Jazzy Joyce’s tomboy style that appealed to her, it showed her that her image could be controlled by her own dictate, her own will. She also, like many during that period was attracted to the liberation and Black power of reggae music, her first song “Princess of the Posse” was a reggae one. These two aesthetic: the urban, pretty tomboy and the autonomous reggae storyteller, would combine to make her distinct and relevant to the movements of the time, the beginning of a cultural or socio-political female empowerment period. (continued here)