The medley of percussion combined with a unified call and response that bounces off of DC street corners is the unique sound of Go-Go. With origins in the 1960s, Go-Go continues to be the soundtrack of Black joy and resistance in the face of decades of criminalization, displacement, and cultural erasure in the District. Yet, pioneer Black women in Go-Go remain largely unsung. Not anymore! ARTLAB teams up with women-centric creative consulting agency GIRLAAA and the LGBTQ+ space activators Makers Lab to examine the history and foundational role Black women play in Go-Go. Do not miss out on the groundbreaking virtual series, Respect Her Crank! 


Respect Her Crank! Hour
Friday, July 31 and Friday, August 21 | 5–6 pm EDT
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Where it Began
Friday, July 31 | 6–7 pm EDT
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Go-Go Unplugged ft. Kacey of Black Alley
Wednesday, August 5 | 6–7 pm EDT
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The Politics of Go-Go
Friday, August 7 | 6–7 pm EDT
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Go-Go Unplugged ft. Shante Moore and Yendy Brown
Wednesday, August 12 | 6–7 pm EDT
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Frontwomen of Go-Go
Friday, August 14 | 6–7 pm EDT
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Go-Go Unplugged ft. Sweet Cherie and Lil Boogie of Be’la Dona
Wednesday, August 19 | 6–7 pm EDT
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Lookin’ Like the Future of Go-Go
Friday, August 21 | 6–8 pm EDT
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Respect Her Crank!: A Go-Go Herstory Showcase
Saturday, August 22 | 4–6 pm EDT

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.