#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 😀


#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.

Joining the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra

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On February 12th, 2016 I returned to the stage with the NASO orchestra after a looooong hiatus from public performances. Even though 2016 marks my 20th year playing classical violin, it was a fun and exhilarating challenge to formally be back within a group of 80 peers performing Prokofiev for a paying crowd at such a major NYC venue like Symphony Space 😀 I’m really thankful I found this orchestra and look forward to joining them on more shows for the Spring season. Many thanks to everyone who attended the performance!

With lots of practice and dedication, I’m hoping by next year to also perform publicly with my Mandolin as well.

Walking Dead Cast in NYC for Season 6

Submissions for #blkgrlswurld ZINE are Now Open.

We are a New York City based quarterly zine promoting Women in the metal scene.

For the Spring ’16 Edition 4.2 of #blkgrlswurld Zine share with us your music fandoms. What gets you geeked about the bands you love? Why go to live shows? Band you recommend most to others? Photos, drawings and prose welcome.

Please send your submissions with your social media handle or blog address to blkgrlswurld@gmail.com

Deadline is February 28, 2016 by 10 p.m ET

Check out the Fall 2015 edition 4.1 >> Zine Archive



Zine booklet dimensions are half sheet 5.5in X 8.5in | Full Color CMYK

If your work is accepted to be in the Zine we’ll publish it on this site and on across our sites on Tumblr, Instagram and FB. Artists are credited throughout.

Copies are also available at NYC Zine Fests & delivered to local NYC rock venues in Manhattan’s East Village and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg & Bushwick neighborhoods 🙂

**Yes, this whole project is free and of no cost to you! All Zines are free to download and print out at home.**


Metal Shows Coming To NYC This Season

Feb. 25th, 2016 Black Sabbath @ Madison Square Garden

Feb. 28th, 2016 Cannabis Corpse, Snafu, Coagula @ Saint Vitus

Feb. 19th, 2016 Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain @ Starland Ballroom

Mar. 5th, 2016 Blessthefall, Miss May I, The Plot In You, Sirens & Sailors, A War Within at The Grand Ballroom @ Webster Hall

Mar. 8th, 2016 Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies, NE Oblivicaris @ The Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall

Mar. 8, 2016 The Word Alive’s “Dark Matter Tour” Fit for a King, Out Came The Wolves @ Gramercy Theater

Mar. 9th, 2016 Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest, Handguns, London Falling at The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall

Mar. 16, 2016 Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom, Havok @ Terminal 5

Mar. 28, 2016 Like Moths To Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Make Them Suffer, Light Up the Sky, Varsity @ Webster Hall

Apr. 17, 2016 August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me ,The Faceless, Good Tiger @ Webster Hall

Source: Metal Shows Coming To NYC This Season