PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST MC’s/VOCALISTS/POETS YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED:
The Rhyme like a Girl (RLAG) Cipher will happen on June 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The RLAG Ciphers are for female MC’s (i.e. people who rhyme). The objective is to build community amongst female artists and create a safe space for women to become and stay lyrically fit. It’s a vibe session that focuses on the collective energy and the power of the cipher. There are usually anywhere from 10 to 15 MC’s at public cipher sessions so don’t worry about the crowd. All ages.
Rhyme like a Girl Summer Series: 1916 Park Ave btwn 130th & 131st (Near 125th St 4/5/6 & 2/3) Come build your freestyle muscle & improvisational skills.
Thur June 21st Cipher
Thur July 12th Cipher
Thur July 26th Cipher
Thur Aug 9th Cipher
Wed Aug 22nd Cipher
All ciphers are 6:30p-8:30p
rsvp or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
RLAG started out as Toni Blackman’s Soros Foundation (OSI) Fellowship project (growing out the work she did as founder of the Freestyle Union Cipher Workshop in DC/NY). New School University, Girls Inc, The Point in the Bronx, 651Arts, Studio Museum of Harlem, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Urban Word NYC, BCAM H.S., ADIDAS, Rock the Vote, BGR, include just a few of the past and/or present programming partners for this work.
-The Cipher is NOT a showcase. It’s a vibe session, a place to nurture your talent, not a place to “feature”.
-There is only one documentarian, out of respect to all artists present, you will be asked to put your camera away. We want each artist to feel safe to take creative risks without worrying about random appearances on YouTube that they did not approve. Plus, it’s freestyle and sometimes we say things we don’t won’t repeated for the whole world to hear.
-Males are welcome but must sit outside of the cipher and cannot rhyme in it. RLAG has a strong male support base and they support this concept and the female MC’s. (Freestyle Union Ciphers include both M/F)
-There are poets and singers who don’t consider themselves MC’s but they rap and even freestyle in the shower. Please bring your beautiful, talented selves to the cipher. We welcome you too. No titles necessary.
-We ask artists not to bring entourages to help ensure the right kind of environment.