Many thanks to Chris and Taylor of Paper Cuts Zine for inviting us to share our love of metal music on Clocktower Radio 😀
#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
“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.”
#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/
We are a New York City based quarterly zine promoting Women in the metal scene.
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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.
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.
Bio: 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. Her art practice explores non-traditional printmaking through stop-motion animation, hand crafted artist books and wall mural installations. With a child-like desire for an imaginative landscape she plays with cultural mythologies to share her experiences with blackness, heavy music and illness. Being heavily involved in the metalcore music scene for over a decade, she cares about exposing its supposed lack of African American Female presence through a collabroative art zine known as #Blkgrlswurld.
Took a little adventure down to Brooklyn Heights this weekend, hungry for relaxed banjo playing and bluegrass fiddle melodies. Upon my entering the church where the fest was being held, I came upon a small group of musicians playing a ridiculously fast Appalachian tune in the kitchen. Just like that I felt as if I were back home in the mid-west, sitting out by the lake on a summer evening, playing fiddle on a tree stump and watching kids roast marshmallows.
The fest was a 3 day exploration of traditional music from a number a cultures and languages, ranging from early Americana, to West African folk tales and East Asian melodies. Hosted by Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre it was interesting how music libraries such as the one within the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. invited musicians to explore their collections and learn songs that had been recorded for ethnographic purposes.
There were collaborative sessions for people to bring their instruments and jam together so it was sweet seeing so many banjo and fiddle players in one place.
I’d made sure to bring my lil fiddle with me for a workshop they’d scheduled with the talented Bruce Molsky but the real fun was watching him play with friends out back while the rest of the audience attended the scheduled performances. What’s nice about his expert skill was witnessing how natural and comfortable performing music is for him. I love meeting artists who have a practice that’s as basic as breathing for them. A craft they do all day, everyday- for fun, business, pleasure anything else. It’s a lifestyle.
“Challenging the White Gaze is a recording of a discussion between black women musicians, journalists, visual and performing artists involved in alternative music and culture. After the release of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal the creation of a visual component to encourage black viewers who are struggling with their experiences being black in white-centric spaces that a community exists. More importantly, building a supporting environment where women could talk openly about their experiences – both the good and the painful – they’ve had within the metal, hardcore and punk scenes was imperative to building a community that over time, will expand to embrace other women other cities in North America.”
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