Who We Are
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice.
The History Behind It
In 2007 Kathleen Adams and Lah Tere laid the foundation for MHHK as a response to the commercialism of hip hop by corporate America. As women of color they believe that women of color are in a state of emergency. Where the face of women in hip hop was a powerful emcee promoting self-respect and esteem, we are now bombarded with provocative, lustful images and we believe it is our responsibility to take this issue by force and re-establish what it means to be a woman in the culture of hip hop.
On February 16, 2008, the first MHHK, Vol. 1 took place at the O. Henry Learning Center in New York City. 2008 was inspired by focusing on the intersections of hip hop, reproductive justice, and HIV/AIDS in communities of color—since women are often the topic of focus with these issues. Over 500 people attended MHHK, Vol. 1. MHHK, Vol. 1 was sponsored by The Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) , and Advocates for Youth.
On March 6, 2010 the third annual MHHK Vol. 3: Back to Our Roots– Environmental Justice, Education Equality took place at Hostos Community College’s Main Theater in the South Bronx. 2010 shed light and created awareness on Environmental Injustices and Educational Inequalities. In addition the event touched upon the intersection of reproductive justice and HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Over 1,000 peopled attended MHHK Vol. 3.
On March 7, 2009 the second annual MHHK Vol. 2, Faith Feminism, and Hip Hop took place at Hostos Community College’s Main Theater in the South Bronx. 2009 was inspired by how women use their faith to overcome obstacles in their lives, in addition to the intersection of reproductive justice and HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Over 1,000 people attended MHHK, Vol. 2. MHHK Vol. 2 was sponsored by theHostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Casa Atabex Ache, Advocates for Youth, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Vamos a la Pena del Bronx, and Trabajadoras por la Paz.
On March 5th, 2011 the fourth annual MHHK Vol. 4: Let’s Get Active! took place at Hostos Community College’s Main theater in the South Bronx. 2011 initiated a dialogue to inspire action in supporting healthier nutrition, more physical activity, and increased community involvement among women and their families. In addition the event touched upon the intersection of reproductive justice and HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Over 1,000 peopled attended MHHK Vol. 4.