The term ‘Ride-or-Die’ has been defined for this project as the following:
The term “ride-or-die chick” became popular in the 1990’s through rap music and referred to a woman who was down with the cause. A Hip Hop spin on the popular mythology of Bonnie and Clyde, the ride-or-die chick refers to a woman who has undying loyalty for her partner and is willing to stand by them through anything, even in the face of death.
For the purpose of this project, we are interested in exploring the idea of being ride-or-die as a phenomenon that has transcended time. Our exploration refers to someone whose loyalty is not only to their intimate partners but also to their families, friends, communities and even to political movements; recognizing that though the recipient may change, the patterns of self-effacement are consistently applied.