About the Artist

 Michele Byrd-McPhee is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer, curator, and director of  Ladies of Hip-Hop. Byrd-McPhee has been working for many years to re-contextualize spaces and conversation about Hip-Hop culture along gender, sex, cultural and socio-historical and racial lines for decades. She has been situating Hip-Hop arts and dance techniques in spaces that honor and acknowledge their roots; while acknowledging the pioneers who have shaped them.


  • A recording of “Ursula Rucker and the Ladies of Hip Hop,” featuring Michele Byrd-McPhee, Assistant Professor Duane Holland, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is now available on YouTube. The virtual event was part of the 2020 Passing the Mic Festival, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives.

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In the course “Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World,” students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop.

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