HIP HOP SYMPOSIUM

Document Sample
HIP HOP SYMPOSIUM Powered By Docstoc
					 CHUTES AND LADDERS:       THE CORPORATE STRUCTURE OF “LADIES FIRST” IN HIP HOP

                                    Kamille Wolff
                              Assistant Professor of Law
                           Thurgood Marshall School of Law
                              Texas Southern University

Just as in the Chutes and Ladders board game made famous by Milton Bradley’s Candy
Land, players in the music business must try to land on ladders to race ahead while
avoiding chutes which send them back. This presentation examines Kim Osorio’s
meteoric rise and fall in the hip hop industry during her attempt to climb the corporate
ladder. Osorio, a lawyer, was the former editor in chief of the Source magazine, a
pioneering force in hip hop journalism. Osorio eventually achieved success in the male-
dominated hip hop world only to be suddenly fired from her post due to her gender
discrimination complaint against the male co-owners of the publication. Osorio
successfully recovered money damages in her subsequent lawsuit which alleged gender
discrimination in the hostile, male driven corporate arena of hip hop, but at a huge cost to
her reputation. The trial exposed Osorio’s personal and sexual life outside of the
workplace which highlighted the double standard that plagues hip hop when it comes to
women behind the scenes. Queen Latifah called for the recognition of “Ladies First,” and
in accordance with the call, this presentation seeks to use Osorio as a case study in
examining how hip hop has yet to realize its goal of empowerment in which this art form
was founded upon.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:6
posted:8/7/2012
language:Unknown
pages:1