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Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (10)

'Dark Girls' Doc Tackles Colorism In The Black Community

Is 'colorism' still an issue today? This is 2011, and yet we live in a world where some dark skin people still feel looked down on and belittled. 'Dark Girls' is a documentary set for release later this year, featuring interviews with women about their experiences, not only in the world at large, but also within the Black community.

Check out some excerpts below. What's your take on this, and what has been your experience? - Lou C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on May 30, 2011 at 4:30pm — 40 Comments

Ask Black Witch

Firstly, I have some very good news: Black Witch has been nominated for a Black Weblog Award in the Faith Category! That means I have been invited to L.A. for the first ever live BWA ceremony. Help me win though, I still need votes. Here's the ballot (faith blogs are the 6th category) and remember, one vote… Continue

Added by The Establishment on May 27, 2011 at 11:53am — 8 Comments

Public Enemy: The Forgotten Innovators of Post-Hardcore

Flavor Flav's entire career has walked the line between deserved legend and self-parody. As the comedic yin to Chuck D's deadly serious yang, he was the sugar needed to swallow Chuck D's bitter medicine. These days Chuck D's ferocious political rhymes are most often credited for Public Enemy's success, with Flav's entire career having been essentially retconned by his current stint as a pandering reality TV star. It…


Added by Sound Check on May 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Rockstar In Training: Can You Feel A Brand New Day?!

Hell yeah, you guys! I got some concrete things done for my Rockstar career this month! After writhing around on the floor moaning, “Woe is me, the tortured artist!” last month, I was able to stock up the energy to really get to work! I joined a couple of professional music industry organizations and made some of my newest songs mine, legally. I played a gig where I inspired a new musician and played a couple of my new songs out for the first time! I even made a little rough… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Black Witch: "DIY Witchcraft"

Through a particular issue (okay, issues. They just have to come in clusters), I've had to do a lot of shuttling back and forth and doing spellwork in the midst of it all (so I can get rid of my issues on a metaphysical level as I handle them on a physical level. I'm Pagan. It's how we solve our problems. Christians take it to the cross, we take it to the spellbook (generally)). In that, and even when I wasn't shuttling back and forth and causing columns like Absent Black… Continue

Added by The Establishment on May 13, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Bitches Brew - Miles Davis' Ultimate Statement of Defiance

There's an eternal battle nearly every underground artist fights. In theory, achieving mainstream cultural acceptance and ubiquity for the art you create without having to change a note of it should be a major victory. But the taste is often bittersweet. You can't help but wonder what you've lost in becoming successful. Think of that little emocore trio from Seattle who's second album went on to become one of the most significant albums (and best selling) of all time despite being… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 11, 2011 at 2:55pm — 9 Comments

PUNXofRAGE Comic Book Series Celebrates Rebels + Punk & Hip-Hop Cultures

Oh hell yeah! A comic book series with touches of punk and hip-hop cultures, statements about consumerism and rebellion... Meet PUNXofRAGE, published by Chicago-based Strictly Underground Comics. Talented writers and visual artists got together to create this story, which they started to work on in 2009.

Joe Robinson Currie, Strictly Underground's…


Added by Eye Candy on May 9, 2011 at 6:30pm — 19 Comments

(Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak!

"The past two decades have seen an increase in conversation about transmasculine experiences and identities. However, the experiences of transmasculine people of color are often ignored, unaddressed, misunderstood and unheard. (Un)heard: Transmasculine People of Color Speak! is an audio/visual ethnographic project about the lives and experiences of transmasculine people of color."

Project by… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on May 6, 2011 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Get On The Bus! Members Head To The AP Festival This Summer

Sounds like the dream road trip: a bunch of Afro-punk "kids" (of all ages!) from the AP online community get on a tour bus and head to the yearly Afro-punk extravaganza in New York, the Afro-punk Festival!!!!!! And of course the whole thing would be documented on video. AP member Faraji Toure' has decided to… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on May 4, 2011 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

Angela Davis: How Does Change Happen?

In this climate of rampant (or blatant) racism, many feel powerless and angry, not sure what they can do to help change the world. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis... We're often under the impression that to make a difference, you need to be a charismatic super-human that very few can measure up to. Activist and professor Angela Davis herself couldn't disagree more. She… Continue

Added by The Establishment on May 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

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