ABOUT THE GUMBO
The Gumbo is a hub that showcases the multi-dimensional experience of Hip-Hop and its consumers on a global scale, and aims to reframe, re-energize and reimagine its role as a purveyor of womanism, activism, musical innovation, fashion and politics.
In the context of the gendered space that is Hip-Hop, the voices of women are often pushed to the back, if not ignored altogether-especially when they are of the Black/Latinx diaspora from which the culture came. Our intention is to transform how these bodies view themselves, how they view music, how they view the structures and systems that operate around them and amplify the voices of women making plays in the field. Through editorial content, online and offline events and the dissemination of vital information on developments in the culture, The Gumbo aims to inspire creative leadership and contribute to a cultural shift that reframes, re-energizes, and reimagines women and their relationship with Hip-Hop.
The Gumbo will be an innovative space in media for the creative excellence and activism of women-identifying bodies as well as be a haven for Hip-Hop lovers and listeners.
Nadirah Simmons is a writer and creative from New Jersey, currently living and working in New York.
She completed her undergraduate career at Rutgers University in 2016, where she majored in Journalism and Media Studies and minored in Africana Studies. Much of her undergraduate research explored the intersections of Blackness, womanhood, politics and Hip-Hop. Additionally, Nadirah interned with VH1, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, FOX’s Big Ten Network and co-hosted WRSU 88.7 FM’s Rutgers Recess.
She previously served as a writer for Good*Fella Media and the Hip-Hop magazine The Source, where she interviewed artists and actors/actresses including Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, MadeinTYO and Warren G.
The idea came to her after graduating college, when she was discussing with a friend how much visibility white people have in Hip-Hop culture. As a lover of Hip-Hop and an advocate for Black women, she felt it was important to create a space where the voices of women who are products of the culture are prioritized. Two years later, she’s serving The Gumbo.
Learn more about her here.