"Whether a creator or connoisseur of the art form—no matter if you rap, deejay, spray paint, breakdance, design apparel or promote events—hip-hop demands that you do it in a way that is true to the best part of who you are. It assumes, in true American form, that everyone has a voice. For Fil-Ams fighting a mentality designed to erase individuality and silence voices, hip-hop is an obnoxiously loud vehicle in which they can’t help but to be seen." —Excerpt from, "Being Filipeanut-American," a magazine story about the life of amateur rapper Albert Balbutin, Jr.
Meet Pinay b-girl Sharon "Shaboogie" Mendoza, 35. The San Diego native moved to the Bay Area in 1998 to get down on its famous dance floors. As the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, Mendoza struggles to find time to practice her b-girling skills, a must for any breakdancer who expects to be taken seriously in the game.
Meet MC Nomi, aka Mario de Mira, 30, of Filipino rap group Power Struggle. The Nigeria-born, Minnesota-raised artist moved to the Bay Area in 2004. He performs around the Bay with his group and he works as an organizer at the Filipino Community Center (FCC) in San Francisco, specializing in employee rights and hip-hop workshops for youth. In this video, he discusses the cross between hip-hop and community organizing.