February 11, 2011 - Monica Carrillo, an Afro-Peruvian activist and hip-hop artist who has spoken out against discrimination in Peru, recently completed a four day visit at Shaw University. During her visit she toured the campus, she appeared on Shaw’s radio station WSHA and met with various student groups.
Carrillo, who goes by the name Oru, uses hip-hop to illuminate the contributions made by those of African descent living in Peru, to bring attention to the ongoing effects of racism and sexism and as a form of self expression. Her music has been featured throughout the globe, most notably on MTV Europe. She is also a featured artist in the upcoming book Fresh, Bold, and Oh So Def: Women in Hip-Hop, which is being edited by Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin.
Concerned about the effect of racial and sexist discrimination on other young Afro-Peruvian women , Carrillo founded LUNDU, the Center for Afro Peruvian Studies and Advancement, an anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia organization focused on empowering a new generation of Afro-Peruvian leaders. It is currently the only group working on issues of gender, sexuality and human rights in Afro-descendent communities in Peru.
Carillo was recently attacked for her anti-racism campaign that demanded that a “black mammy” character be removed from a television show.
Information about Carillo can be found at www.oruperu.com.
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