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Last night’s phone chat…

Mom: I need you to draw me a picture of a nude Man and Woman, preferably in charcoal or graphite- in long strokes- I have a reference image.
Me: o.O Say what?
Mom: I need it for my bathroom remodel, the artwork I found in the store is $95, I know you can do it.
Me: And what makes you think I’d charge you any less?

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Female Lead Metal Bands for Halloween

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Here in NYC the doom is real. The slow, grinding pace of rolling sludge metal has taken over many parts of Brooklyn’s underground metal scene, and is the perfect space to be in for Halloween.

Below are some of the top female lead bands in the game, ranging from doom and gloom to death, black and hardcore metal. Most of these bands have lasted more than a decade and show the power of femme vocals. We can get metalheads moshing and headbanging as hard as any male group can. Recognize! If you know of other bands, especially #woc related, comment below and let us know.  m/

Flyleaf always had a great variety, they’ve since moved on but were under-appreciated in my opinion.

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Kylesa at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn

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#Blkgrlswurld ZINE Edition 4.1

It’s finally here! Edition 4.1 is ready for download and printing for free.

Check it out on our page here

The zine made a print debut last week at a Black Lez DIY Fest in Manhattan. Featuring a number of articles on the music scene in NYC and local events like Comic Con, take a peek at what’s going on in the underground ;)

Stay tuned for our quarterly open submissions contest later this October and coverage of touring bands like Korn, Atreyu, Bring Me the Horizon, From Autumn to Ashes and More.


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Hostetter Gallery The Pingry School 131 Martinsville Road Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 (908) 647-5555

Elegant Mixed Media Prints Debut in New Jersey

An exceptional artist and printmaker, Jaz Graf’s etheral solo exhibition opens this week at Hostetter Gallery within The Pingry School in New Jersey. Titled, “a clearing,” I highly recommend attending the show for an intimate adventure through her visual world of experimental prints, sculptural paper installations, artist books and mixed media drawings. I first came across her work in the print shop of the Manhattan Graphic Center, where I witnessed her delicate attention to detail as she drew whimsical textures across etching plates. So great!
According to Graf’s website she, “manipulates plant fibers, textiles and wire, often combining elements and mixing media. Her approach involves a process of deconstruction and reconstruction of materials and impressions.”
The exhibition runs through Sept 15, 2015 – Oct 16, 2015

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Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm

Hostetter Gallery
The Pingry School
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 647-5555
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jaz graf, 2015

Featured Image: From the Offerings Series (chair) 2015, Photogravure, Etching, Spitbite, 6.5”x4.5”
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AfroPunk Fest 2015, Brooklyn

We danced, we laughed, we sweat out our afros under the Brooklyn sun-  AFROPUNK fest rocked the neighborhood with alternative Nu Soul and fashion forward styles.

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Afropunk Fest 2015, Brooklyn, NYC

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Afropunk Fest 2015, Commodore Barry Park, photo by #Blkgrlsuwurld

For people of color floating in the margins of alternative music, AfroPunk can feel like a national holiday. The one weekend a year you’re music interests and aesthetics about black beauty are validated. “So I’ve been styling this #twa right all along?! Go figure?” and “So that’s what Manic Panic looks like when you Really bleach first…maybe I should get that nose ring after all, looks good on her…”

I was happy this year to bring my lil sis along for the celebration, who like me comes from rural suburban roots where our interests in heavy rock and punk music were considered Extremely unusual for little black girls to be interested in. From the moment we got into the ticket line I could tell it was her Emerald city too. So many folks passionate about individuality and self expression. The love was deep!

However, a few hours into the first day of the fest, she turned to me with a very valid question. “Where’s the punk rock music?” I nodded with a solemn face, feeling too tired to acknowledge the truth. The rock scene that had started the movement had all but been driven out of the event these last few years and this year, with tickets over $50, the presence of the original punk rock scene and the local kids that normally would have attended for free had all but vanished.

I’m a metal headbanger by default so I wasn’t expecting full on circle pits or crowd surfs, but it was clear this year that only a couple of bands such as LetLive. and Suicidal Tendencies were even remotely hard core rockish in some way. The metal scene generally has a lack of focus on fashion or what people look like- it’s all come as you are, whatever is comfy for you. I’ve hung around the NYC punk scene enough to know they definitely care about fashion statements, but you need more than that to reside in their anti-establishment, DIY headspace. Yes, I know Lauryn Hill had to rep the nu soul/neo soul movement and Lion Babe is certainly on the fringes of pop as much as FKA Twigs, but this year’s fest relied too heavily on electronic DJs of little distinction and the saving grace of Lenny Kravitz closing out the event.

I know so many punk, hardcore, post-hardcore, metal and metalcore bands (locally and internationally) with multicultural members that could have exposed the Brooklyn scene to heavier, thrashier performances that still held a taste of R&B, bluegrass, hip hop or pop. Starting with Coheed and Cambria, Bloc Party, Counterparts, and Dance Gavin Dance- ending with The Word Alive, Alesana, Deftones, and Every Time I Die…come on guys keep up! Anyone one of these bands would have driven other underground music fans to the fest and inspired a more diverse mingling of alternative music cliques and communities.

As the AfroPunk brand continues to expand to other cities, I hope they really listen to their audience, lower ticket prices to under $20 for kids under 21, and book more musically diverse bands towards creating a space that is less predictable and more supportive of all things misfit.

xoxo #Blkgrlswurld

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AFROPUNK @ Lincoln Center, July 2015

Originally posted on #blkgrlswurld:

Everyone’s revving up for the AFROPUNK fest set to take place in Brooklyn later this August so it was great to get a taste at Lincoln Center of the fun that’s only weeks away. I learned my lesson last summer, that free events in NYC can generate substantially long lines and hours of waiting, with no promise of everyone getting a chance to see the show. I enjoyed how AFROPUNK approached this event, by offering a couple of stages to attend.

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When I first arrived at Lincoln Center, I drifted towards the east side of the Metropolitan Opera house, hearing Brooklyn based duo Chargaux performing and had assumed that this was where Vintage Trouble, The Skins and LION BABE were set to play as well. It was a modest size crowd seated in the shade with plenty…

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