L.A.-based MC and artist Asa Lianess on love vs. sex and being real in hip-hop

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Hey fierce listeners! Welcome to MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman. My name is Charlene Sayo, your host for the next half an hour and every week, I have the honour to have lively conversations with unique, trail-blazing women in the arts, sciences, literature, music, politics, activism, feminism and more. Today's episode is the third installment of the month-long, Women in Hip-Hop special series where I feature conversations with Maya Jupiter, Asa Lianess, Kinnie Starr and Ana Tijoux.

For this episode, I have Philippine-born, Los Angeles-based artist Asa Lianess. I sat down with the MC, poet, singer, and henna artist in October during the Woman on the Wave National Summit organized by AF3IRM, a transnational feminist organization.  For this episode, Asa shared her thoughts about underground hip-hop, sisterhood and spirituality.


Asa Lianess is a member of the Los Angeles-based, all-female hip-hop collective, Earthstonez. Asa is the founder of Global Oneness Arts and Culture, Henna For A Cause, and the Coordinator of SEDARVP Ghana's Women's Empowerment Program.  She is also a human rights advocate, poet, singer, MC, and henna artist whose art reflects healing, awareness, inspiration, innovation, elevation, empowerment, and love.



MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman can also be found at charlenesayo.com

Intro/outro music:  "Rainbow" by Emilie Simon.  Remix from the original.

Additional music: "A tua choradeira é meio salário em lenços" by Stealing Orchestra & Rafael Dionísio. Remix from the original.

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