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The Gumbo

The Gumbo is a media hub and club focused on amplifying the voices of Black women who love Hip-Hop.

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Project Description

WELCOME TO THE GUMBO

The Gumbo is a Hip-Hop social club and media platform created with Black women’s voices in mind. 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. 

 

THE PROBLEM

Communities are important because they provide support to a group of people who are impacted by the world in a similar way. Community becomes doubly important when we talk about Black women, and moreover Black women in music, media, and entertainment, where our voices risk being stolen or ignored altogether.  

 

THE MISSION

As a Black woman working in the entertainment industry and previously as a Hip-Hop journalist, I have come face-to-face with the chronic lack of representation in these spaces. This same deficit of genuine representation is reflected in the music, podcasts, events and articles that rely us on for content.

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. 

I created The Gumbo to be a safe space that allows all Black women who love Hip-Hop to be themselves with no restrictions. Writers, DJs, producers, engineers, artists, rappers, designers, and overall lovers of Hip-Hop, this one is for you.

 

THE SOLUTION

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.

Membership is free, because how could we charge you to join something that is YOURS? All you have to do is click “join” on our website. Included with membership is priority access to free events and merchandise, exclusive monthly meet-ups and discounted tickets to paid events. 

We are in a time where social clubs are becoming more and more popular, while dues and travel expenses sometimes make it difficult for people to get to spaces and enjoy experiences. Our goal is to eliminate these initial costs, and only charge you for the experiences YOU want. 

 

2020 PLANS

More events, more contributors, more gumbo.

Interested members will be able to join on our website. If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved, you should email nadirahsimmons@thegumbo.net.

 

PROGRAMMING & EVENTS

Programming at The Gumbo is meant to uplift, support and broaden the experience of Black women who love Hip-Hop. We will work with organizations, groups and companies that believe in our mission.

We will partner with:

  • Television networks and production companies to trial and preview new shows, movies and documentaries that discuss the music industry and Hip-Hop.
  • Local restaurants and bars for member meet-ups and events.
  • Organizations on the ground doing work in our communities, specifically those dedicated to Black womanhood.
  • Studios and music labels to promote Black women musicians by hosting open mic and interview sessions.

 

PRESS & TRACTION

Since getting started last year, we've created a network of over 5,000 people, hosted events and are constantly growing. 

We have been featured in The Lifestyle NYC, Melanation, HelloBeautiful and more. Our work has been shared by Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty Mia X and more.

 

WHY CROWDFUNDING

“Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn: ‘An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.’ But for Black women entrepreneurs, Gines quickly adds, ‘they do it with only a toothpick and a napkin.’ What he means is that black women entrepreneurs typically lack the resources and capital to launch, yet take-off they do — in droves.” - Forbes

As the founder of The Gumbo, I spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about how to fund this club. Because my goal is to amplify the voices of a group marginalized within our own culture and create a community, I felt that it would only make sense to start raising capital from the people who believe in this mission.  

 

Nadirah Simmons, Founder & CEO

All funds raised on the iFundWomen platform will be used to pay contributors, fund programming and create merchandise.

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you based?

We are based in New York City, but with the help of this campaign we hope to expand our programming to major cities across the country.

 

Are people who do not identify as Black women allowed to join?

The Gumbo is specifically focused on amplifying the Black women journalists, producers, artists, rappers, etc. whose voices and ideas are often ignored, excluded or stolen. We are an intentional space to amplify Black women-identifying bodies.

That being said, our events, website, merchandise and more are open to all people, of any background.

 

Are you looking for journalists, artists, speakers, performers, musicians, etc.?

Of course! If you would like to be a contributor or a part of our programming in any way, please email our founder at nadirahsimmons@thegumbo.net.

 

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Monetary Contribution

Set your own price and contribute whatever you can to support The Gumbo's vision of creating a safe place made for Black women who love Hip-Hop. Your contribution will be used to help us hire more contributors, put on programs and create more merchandise.

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You will get everything from the previous level, two Apple Music or TIDAL playlists emailed to you, and a 20% off discount code good on all merchandise through the end of 2020.

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Ride Or Die

Supporters at this level will receive an Instagram story shoutout for you and your business. We will include your photo, tag you and your business and a quick writeup about you on our Instagram story on Friday. You will then live in our "Community" Instagram Story highlight. We will email you to book a date. 

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You will be listed as an official sponsor on our site and receive priority access to all of our events, for life!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Set your own price and contribute whatever you can to support The Gumbo's vision of creating a safe place made for Black women who love Hip-Hop. Your contribution will be used to help us hire more contributors, put on programs and create more merchandise.

89 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Down For You

You will get everything from the previous level, two Apple Music or TIDAL playlists emailed to you, and a 20% off discount code good on all merchandise through the end of 2020.

53 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Ride Or Die

Supporters at this level will receive an Instagram story shoutout for you and your business. We will include your photo, tag you and your business and a quick writeup about you on our Instagram story on Friday. You will then live in our "Community" Instagram Story highlight. We will email you to book a date. 

1 Left
29 Supporters
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500.00 USD
All In

You will be listed as an official sponsor on our site and receive priority access to all of our events, for life!

3 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Master Of Ceremonies

You're not forreal?! We will get in touch with you to figure out the best way to thank you!

1 Supporter
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