Tooka Zokaie and members of Barobax

I Made Music in Iran, Defying Laws

When I went to Iran this summer, almost everything I participated in related to music was illegal. I played piano to male audiences, participated in underground concerts and danced without my headscarf to Persian pop music.

Some Hip Hop Guys See Nothing Lyrical About Rape

Activist group UltraViolet just called out hip hop star Rick Ross for his rape-celebrating lyrics and got Reebok to cancel his lucrative partnership deal. Not all rappers’ attitudes are the same, however. Tyson Amir is spreading the message of peace, love and not being confused “with those other dudes.”

Cuban Hip-Hop Group Las Krudas Embraces Feminism

Las Krudas is part of an art movement in Cuba created by black feminists, says Fari Nzinga in this essay in the anthology “Getting In is Not Enough.” But like female rappers in the U.S., they fight invisibility in the industry.