Alia Sharrief, the founder of The Hijabi Chronicles, wants the world to know that "Muslim women belong in hip-hop."
The Hijabi Chronicles is a collective of spoken word and hip-hop female artists of the Muslim faith. They use their art to break down barriers for women in hip-hop by building a platform for raising awareness, empowering communities and sharing their stories with the world.
In a video interview with AJ+, Sharrief shared her motivation in creating the collective.
"Though it is a male-dominated arena, we definitely are here," she told AJ+. "We're knowledgeable. We have rhymes, we have soul."
The collective officially launched with the group's first showcase, "La Peña & The Hijabi Chronicles Presents, Mic Check! Muslim Women in Hip-hop," on May 8 at the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California.
Activist Saeeda Islam believes the collective is needed to combat the stigma against hip-hop that she says exists within the Muslim community. The stigma lives particularly, she explained, "with sisters."
"Hip-hop has as stigma in the Muslim community and especially with sisters, going up there and spitting rhymes and lyrics wearing a hijab," she told AJ+.
Islam shared that despite the challenges the collective has faced, they received a great turnout for their first event.
"We're noticing that people are becoming more open to it."
Enjoy "That's All I Do," a music video published in 2013 by Sharrief, off her debut album "Mental Cycles & Mood Swings."
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(H/T: HuffPost Religion)