Martha Cooper's photographs
Text by Nika Kramer
Introduction by Rokafella
“Women have always been at the forefront of Hip Hop, adding their flavor to what men are doing and making their own. The B-girlz are making the leap. It's nice to see them finally getting the recognition they deserve with We B*Girlz. "
- Miss Elliott
In 1985, the B-Boys were going strong, but what about the girls, where were they? Fast-forward twenty years to the answer: We B*Girlz, an animated look at the hot and current world of 21st century B-Girlz as documented by photographer Martha Cooper and writer Nika Kramer. The breakup is back with a new twist as today's fashionable stylish girls can stand up to the best of them.
Featuring pioneering B-Girlz like Rokafella from the Bronx, who now dances professionally, and Asia-One from LA, who organized and promoted the B-Boy Summit for ten years, We B*Girlz - the first handbook for talented musicians or aspiring B - Girlz and the boys who look up to them - showcases B-Girlz's dynamic style and non-stop energy in action, in practice and on stage. Providing inspirational insights into a previously little-known subculture that swept the world, We B*Girlz includes chapters on "Herstory", "Girlz n' Crewz", "B-Boys", "Floor Warz", "We B-Family", “We B-Stylin'”, “B-Girl Careers” and “B-Girl Resources”, including information on websites, equipment, events, competitions and classes.
Cooper and Kramer began documenting the new generation of B-Girlz at a competition in Germany in 2004. After the dancers from the biggest battles - including Mighty4 in San Francisco, the Spinfactor Finals in Rhode Island, Breaklanta in Atlanta, IBE in the Netherlands and the International Battle of the Year in Germany - they photographed and interviewed B-Girlz representing everywhere from South Africa to New Zealand, from New York to California and from Japan to Germany. Culminating at the first annual We B*Girling competition at veteran B-Boy Ken Swift's Brooklyn studio, Cooper and Kramer's work will introduce a new generation to the art of B-Girling.
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