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#Blkgrlswurld featured in 30th episode of Paper Cuts on Clocktower Radio

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blkgrls1The latest radio episode of Paper Cuts is streaming online at Clocktower.org😀

Interviews from participants of the second annual Pioneer Works Zine Exchange on May 13, 2016. The sessions were orchestrated by Clocktower radio Paper Cuts host and zine expert, Christopher Kardambikis.

The playlist of participants includes:
#BLKGRLSWURLD Zine (on mandolin)
Mustarrrrrrrrrrd
3 Dot Zine
Pegacorn Press
Small Editions
Goldbrain Press

Pioneer Works’ Zine Exchange brings together zine authors and aficionados to display, trade, and sell their zines.

Clocktower radio host DJ Black Helmet served as Master of Ceremonies. The night included a celebration of three inaugural titles: At The National Monument / Always Today by poet Ted Dodson, by artist Christopher Kardambikis, and The Making of Gertrude Stein: Charles Ruas and Janet Hobhouse in Conversation, from Clocktower Radio’s archives.

Thanks so much to Paper Cuts for indulging us! xoxo #Blkgrlswurld

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Summer Updates

#Blkgrlswurld Zine is in full effect this summer. 😂

After closing out the classical music season in June as a violinist in the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, we spent the past few weeks documenting rock shows in Detroit and NYC. 

Vans Warped Tour and Slipknot/Marilyn Manson performances at Long Island’s Jones Beach this Julydid not disappoint.

Below are some photos all of this running around, including an insightful chat with Janes France regarding his art practice  :D stay tuned!

Blavity EmpowerHer16 Conference, NYC

Ahh, this full day event gave me so much life!

Last week Blavity.com brought together Black women in digital spaces from across the country to share in new leadership learnings, entrepreneurial strategies and a focus on self-care and healing.

Blavity is an online community of multi-cultural creators and influencers bringing together today’s ethnic millennial audiences. I first took interest in the conference after reading one of their articles celebrating the weird Black girls who grew up loving punk rock, anime and cosplay. The idea of walking into a room full of 50+ Black girls like me with a passion for marketing and branding sounded amazing to me.

The event consisted of a full day of panels, lectures and breakout workshops that allowed many celebrity bloggers and vloggers with 250K+ followers each to come together face to face for the first time. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with most of these brand personalities of beauty, politics or style as my social media is focused more often on metal bands, but it was great to hear these women talk about their marketing strategies for success in the online space.

It was inspiring to be among women that are having a similar experience of balancing work, family and passion projects we hope to focus on more if ever given the opportunity.

xoxo #blackgirlmagic

 

#Blkgrlswurld @ Brooklyn Zine Exchange

Details: http://pioneerworks.org/programs/zine-exchange/

#Blkgrlswurld Zine will be sharing custom Zines at the Pioneer Works Zine Exchange in Brooklyn on May 13, 2016. Please consider bringing along your own DIY zines for the exchange, its one of the best parts of printmaking, trading amazing art with friends.

See you there! Event runs May 13 from 7pm-10pm + many thanks to Paper Cuts for inviting us to participate.

Zine Exchange Game

bring a zine to play for free, or buy a $7 ticket

All participants will randomly choose a number that corresponds to a zine on display. From there, you can either keep your selection or get a sticker that will show others in the room that you want to trade. Talk, meet, debate the virtues of your zine, and see what you end up with!

 

#Blkgrlswurld on Alternative Arts Panel @ The New School, April 2016

#‎Blkgrlswurld‬ Zine is looking forward to joining host Laina Dawes and some amazing ladies of the various underground scenes later this month at The New School. These are going to be some lively panels so don’t miss out! We’ll be chatting on the panel titled, “Are You Quirky? Challenging the Status Quo in Arts and Culture”– hope to see you there!

Women CLAP BACK in Music and the Arts

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

“This one-day symposium features writers, activists, musicians, and creative artists whose presence as women of color, queer, trans* and/or gender non-conforming enables them to clap back to patriarchal, sexist, and racially intolerant creative spaces today.”

 

#Blkgrlswurld Radio Interview Now Online

Stream our interview with Papercuts Zine here>> http://clocktower.org/show/blkgrlswurld

Many thanks to Chris and Taylor of Paper Cuts Zine for inviting  us to share our love of metal music on Clocktower Radio😀

Synopsis:

#BLKGRLSWURLD is a quarterly zine run by Christina Long and her younger brother and sister since 2013. As a trio of artists and writers they are known as Trifecta Studios. Being young African American metalheads sharing their love of the Metalcore music scene, they share footage from live shows and host open calls for art and prose. The zine is free to download online.

Born in Chicago and raised in Metro Detroit, Christina Long received her MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and is also a violinist for NYC’s New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. Being heavily involved in the Metal community for over a decade, she cares about promoting the many women of color who love heavy music genres. #HeavyGirlsLoveHeavyMusic

 

Free Punk Show March 15, 2016 In Time Square feat. Screaming Females, Priests & Guardian Alien

Tonight #Blkgrlswurld ZINE will be selling copies of our latest print edition during the Primal Screams Zine fair and rock show. The event is free and our prints will be $5.00😀

Quoted from Brooklyn Vegan:

Screaming Females, Priests, and Greg Fox’s Guardian Alien are set to play are playing an unusual show in NYC — at a movie theater in Times Square. Presented by Times Square Arts and Clocktower Productionsand the good folks at The Clocktower Gallery, this multimedia event is titled “Primal Screams” and happens at AMC Empire in Times Square on March 15, where their performances will be paired with experimental videos on the theater’s screen, making event unlike any other previous show these bands have played… The show is free but tickets have all been claimed, though you can join the waitlist — organizers say there will likely be additional spots. Screaming Females discuss the event on The Clocktower Gallery’s podcast and you can listen to that below. Priests, who recently played Brooklyn with Protomartyr, also have two NYC shows coming up this summer during their tour with Ought, where they’ll play Silent Barn on May 7 with Florist and Rough Trade on May 8 with Palberta. The Silent Barn show is sold out, but tickets for their Rough Trade show are still on sale.”

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Spring Zine Edition 4.2 Is Here!

#Blkgrlswurld Zine Spring Edition 4.2 is here and popping! The Zine is free to view, download or print😀 On March 15, 2016 custom printed copies will be available for under $5.00 at the Primal Screams Punk Rock Show in Time Square \m/

A pdf version can be viewed here

Thanks so much to all of our friends, artists and supporters. Couldn’t do it without you!

Source: Spring Zine Editon 4.2 Is Here!

Forest Whitaker Joins Broadway w/ revival of Hughie

As far as the NYC theater scene goes, it can be a hit or miss what you’ll experience in the darkness of any given theater these days.

That’s why I chose to attend a panel talk first where Forest Whitaker discussed his latest venture into Broadway theater with  “Hughie” a short play by Eugine O’Niell. Sitting down with the play’s director at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Whitaker was able to preface the shows opening premier, which was scheduled to take place  a couple days later.

While he mentioned during the panel discussion that this sort of theater acting was something he hadn’t attempted since college, I was still surprised at his struggle with the character Erie Smith when I attended the show at Booth theater the next day. “Hughie” is such a short play (60 min.) with only one other cast member in the production and I gathered there was a hope towards pulling in the audience quickly and suspending us from this 1920s hotel narrative with a few emotional takeaways from the protagonist.

Overall it just seemed to take awhile, maybe 30 minutes in, for Whitaker to loosen up and feel connected to the lines. By the end he had become Erie Smith, but naturally by that time the audience had struggled to hold on. I certainly hope Whitaker tries to do other theater plays, but it would probably help to try a larger production where its not so easy to focus on him (and I mean that in the kindest way.) “Hughie” is a one act play where all the narrative rests on the character Erie Smith and the secondary character played by Frank Wood has less than a dozen lines. It really is a lot of pressure for a first time stage actor and it doesn’t surprise that the production is closing earlier than expected.

I’m glad I attend these events to learn more about Eugene O’Niell works and look forward to checking out some of his other classic plays.

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