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Nirit Peled's 2009 survey of women in hip-hop covers a diverse group of performers whose styles were forged on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, and London. Time has eclipsed some, like Roxanne Shanté, who was only 14 in 1984, when "Roxanne's Revenge" made her a star; today she runs an ice cream parlor that's a shrine to the genre. Others, like Trinidadian Wyclef Jean protege Trinie, are just on the rise, but the environmental circumstances fueling their work—violence, addiction, poverty—are constant. The movie's strengths lie in its critical assessments of hip-hop culture from a feminist perspective, as when Remy Ma talks about breaking the cycle of ignorance and early pregnancy or Erykah Badu weighs in on the hypersexual objectification of women by male artists. 75 min.

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