YES! Magazine Nominated for General Excellence. Read All About It.
Sections
Home » Issues » Making It Home » Invincible: Detroit’s Homegrown, Hip-Hop Activism

Nonprofit. Independent. Subscriber-supported. DONATE. How you can support our work.

Get a FREE Issue. Yes! I want to try YES! Magazine

YES! by Email
Join over 78,000 others already signed up for FREE YES! news.
[SAMPLE]
link

HomeBannerAd_Bookshelf

The YES! ChicoBag(R). Full-size tote that fits in your pocket!

 

Invincible: Detroit’s Homegrown, Hip-Hop Activism

Powerful, passionate, and politically charged rhymes that speak for marginalized people.


Ilana Ilana Weaver started listening to hip hop when she was seven, after her family moved from Israel to Ann Arbor, Mich. She was trying to learn English, but soon became fascinated by how hip hop gives a voice to marginalized people. 

 

Now, as the artist “Invincible,” Weaver is recognized as a powerful voice in hip hop,  a writer of politically charged and passionate lyrics. In her “Emergence Travel Agency” videos, she weaves her own rhymes with images and oral histories from Detroit and Palestine to create media that, in her words, “resists displacement, gentrification, colonization, occupation.” 

 

Activism is as much a part of Weaver’s life as her art. She mentors youth through a Detroit Summer project, directed a series about women in hip hop, and started a record label co-op. 

 

“I’m inspired to imagine that every small-scale action and project we engage in is deeply interconnected and can have great impact,” she says.


Shannan Stoll wrote this article for Making it Home, the Summer 2012 issue of YES! Magazine. Shannan is an intern at YES!

Interested?

  • One of Many Detroits
    Photo essay: "The people of this city are not abstractions." An anonymous Detroit photographer shares a view of the city that the mainstream media doesn't cover.
  • The Refugee Child Photographers
    How photography training and disposable cameras are giving young Palestinian refugees something new—a voice.
  • Philadelphians Paint the Town
    How art healed and united troubled communities in the City of Brotherly Love.
Email Signup
Making It Home
Comment on this article

How to add a commentCommenting Policy

comments powered by Disqus


You won’t see any commercial ads in YES!, in print or on this website.
That means, we rely on support from our readers.

||   SUBSCRIBE    ||   GIVE A GIFT   ||   DONATE   ||
Independent. Nonprofit. Subscriber-supported.




#69 Banner: Education Uprising

Personal tools