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Featured Blog Posts – June 2011 Archive (7)

GOTH. The Aesthetic and The Subculture: Getting Past the Stupid Shit.

A while back I went through an ugly experience as a result of joining a goth chat line. To begin with, I was new to a conscious identification with the subculture and new to chat lines too, so I had some hurdles to jump. I didn't expect I'd have to jump them in a mine field though. The worst of it: Three attacks were made on my computer (files stolen, virus planted, I lost a lot of stuff). This whole experience was my first encounter with goth as a subculture. I didn't expect the… Continue

Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2011 at 2:36pm — 21 Comments

Rockstar In Training: Musicians of the Roundtable

This past week I facilitated and participated in the first of several free Musician’s Roundtables at the University of Louisville. There were fewer than 13 knights… I mean, musicians, in attendance, but some of them were my friends & internet acquaintances. Among others, attendees included, Lady “Jessy B”, a rapper of a unique cloth, Sir Maxwell Mitchell of ye olden and Sir Justin Lewis, the first of his name and master of going to Bonaroo for free. Oh, and I, Lady Pam Newman,… Continue

Added by Sound Check on June 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

George Clinton: The King of Funk

George Clinton's name is synonymous with funk. The mastermind behind the supergroup Parliament-Funkadelic (now known as the P-Funk All Stars), Clinton released 19 albums from 1970 and 1981 that defined funk and kickstarted the Afrofuturist movement. In a career that's spanned over 50 years, he's influenced everything from NWA to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, from Fishbone to the Big Boys, and been sampled by nearly every hip hop artist in the history of the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Ask Black Witch

It’s the first 'Ask Black Witch' of the second year of Black Witch. How delightful! Side note: soon I’ll probably be grinding for votes for the Black Web Awards (different from the Black Weblogs Awards). Geez, I feel like I’m running for president. On to our first question: "Why is divination so bad?" - Anonymous

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Added by The Establishment on June 24, 2011 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Mental Health Disorders in The Black Community: Let's Break The Taboo

I'm a psych major and also suffer from a personality disorder (it's called Borderline Personality Disorder, for those wanting to know or to look it up). I wanted to start this conversation because through personal experience and from my studies I have learned that many African Americans suffer from mental health disorders, but are less likely to get treatment and help for themselves. Is it… Continue

Added by Robust on June 17, 2011 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

Chuck Berry: The Prototypical Guitar God

“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'” - John Lennon

There are hundreds of moments you can point to as the watershed moment where rock was born. There are dozens of early singles by blues and hillbilly bands that point to where rock was headed. But before him, there was no-one who embodied the now iconic image of “guitar god” like Chuck Berry.

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Added by Sound Check on June 13, 2011 at 12:09pm — 11 Comments

Rockstar In Training: What I’m Into

This week I was invited to be featured in a local newspaper based off of my blog! Velocity does a feature called, “What I’m Into,” which is a pop culture piece. Erin Keane, a Velocity staff writer who follows my blog contacted me and requested an interview & photo shoot. Being a nerd is totally paying off, y’all. In order to prepare, I did what most fly women would do: I got my hair did.

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Added by Sound Check on June 8, 2011 at 12:12pm — 12 Comments

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