(SOLHOT performing at GWS Year-End Party, 2010)
Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths is a space to celebrate Black girlhood in all of its complexity with Black girls and those who love and support us. In SOLHOT we dance, sing, discuss important issues, create art, and organize together to improve the communities of which we are a part. We do what needs to be done. The process of doing SOLHOT involves being together and deciding what our work will be based on the gifts, talents, and ideas of those who show up. More than anything we value Black girls’ lives and create spaces to affirm Black girl genius.
Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown founded SOLHOT when she first suggested the idea to a radical group of courageous and beautiful women and girls in Spring 2006. Now referred to as the SOLHOT “visionary,” she is also a dynamic writer, researcher, performer, mentor and master teacher. Currently, an assistant professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies and Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership Departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Brown research interests include Black girlhood, visionary organizing, youth cultures, performance, qualitative methodology, and social justice.
Her first book, Black Girlhood Celebration Toward A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Peter Lang, 2009), details the political and personal motivations for organizing SOLHOT. Dr. Brown has also recently co-edited with Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye Wish to Live: The Hip Hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader (Peter Lang, 2012), a multi-genre and interdisciplinary collection that articulates how hip-hop feminist scholarship can inform educational practices and spark, transform, encourage, and sustain local and global youth community activism efforts.