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Sick of thugs and guns in our community

Started Apr 11, 2010 0 Replies

A 5-year old girl was shot hours ago one block away. It was in an area where "tough guys" hang, drink and smoke weed in front of their house. Why are people so tough when shooting and tormenting…Continue

How do you feel about parents and guardians cursing in front of children?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Q.A.Bradford May 6, 2010. 11 Replies

Was at the store today and heard a number of people who were casually cursing up a storm in front of children...all cases with the children under approximately 8 years old.When I was working on a…Continue

Why must we [Black men] act as if we never saw a woman before?

Started this discussion. Last reply by the outsider May 27, 2010. 20 Replies

I'm sick and tired of us using what I refer to as "prison eyes" [looking at women as if that was the first one seen in years] on every woman that goes by? As sisters go to college in rates unmatched…Continue

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Darryl Montgomery-Hell
About Me
I was the bass player in the punk band Public Disturbance. I was in that band from 1980 to 1984 when we broke up. I found new wave / punk rock in the mid 70's. I've always been into eclectic music/art; Parliament Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, ELP, and so on. It was bands like 999, Devo, the Plasmatics, Fear, Dead Kennedy's, the Damned and many more that were my saviors growing up a "raisin in the sun" in the heart of the New Jersey shore.

you can check out Public Disturbance at:

I was/am quite honored that someone took the time to create the PD MySpace page for us. Over the last 10 years, I've been finding articles referencing to/or about PD. We felt that we were part of a movement that joined the long legacy of social rebellion. When I heard the lyrics for our song "Wartime," it was incredibly bizarre that they could have been written today. It felt like when I did a "Tool and Die" [from the project - Consolidated 1992] jam remix, which referred to the Iraq war.

Also, it was cool to hear music from "back-in-the-day" when my musical art involved my bass, amp, and pedals instead of the hours of set-up I happily and currently experience.

PD were lucky enough to have played with many of the bands we loved. That was the best thing about the early punk movement; you could play with and hang with the bands you supported. They just didn't run back stage, never to be seen until darting to the tour bus.

Punk rock, to me, was and is social rebellion, not just anger for anger sake. Although it was cool to see so many old friends in "American Hardcore," it mostly showed the drunk / "wild man" side of the scene and not the political social side, which many from those days, including myself, are still focused on.

I wasn't rebelling against my parents, it was against a social structure I knew was faulty and unjust...and I felt that I could be part of doing something other than complaining about it. As a person who follows the teaching and spirit of people like Ella Baker, Malcolm X, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, I have always sought out people of all ethnicities, who believe in bringing to light, minimizing or stopping oppression. Oppression is the root to all the primary issues we face as homosapien bipeds on Earth. It is ones ability to oppress that enables them to do things that might be beneficial for themselves, yet less so or outright negative for others.

I live in Bed-Stuy. My wife and I have a Brownstone here. It's great to see young Black people being allowed be something other than the "buppie", thug, nerd, or smooth models typically offered as options in our culture, though it was incredibly fun to be a punk in the 70's, at a time when the society enjoyed more freedom. [i.e. no; metal detectors, war on drugs, deadly sexual diseases, paramilitary training for civilian police, ect]
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Favorite bands:
accept (fast as a shark), adolescents, american dad, amp (r.i.p.), aphex twin, armand demille (, bauhaus, bill moyers, billy bragg, black sabbath (1st series of lp's w/ozzy), blondie (1st 3-lp's), bmx freestyle, bob marley, buckminster fuller, black radio stations (pre-1980), bugs bunny, chuck chillout, consolidated, cspan, curtis mayfield, cynthia mckinney, dave grau, dj's cycles, dead kennedy's, dj denard, dj squirrel, devo, dr. demento, dirty rotten imbeciles, earth wind and fire, edgar winter group, edmund pettus bridge confrontation, einsturzende neubauten, ella baker, emergency broadcast network, emerson lake & palmer, emil beaulieau, empirical evidence, eric b. & rakim, fairness and accuracy in reporting, family guy, fannie lou hamer, fear, gang of four, gary null, frank zappa, freedom of information act, george carlin, gil noble, greg palast, harlem renaissance, harry houdini, home care health workers, human rights workers-activists-artivists, james brown, janis joplin, jerry franklin, jimi hendricks, joy division, killing joke, kim cascone, kiss (to dynasty), kraftwerk, krs-one, laurie anderson, lassigue bendthause, led zeppelin, lies my teacher told me (the book), lightening bolt, loudness (pre-thunder in the east), mark yard, malcolm x, marvin gaye (his political songs), mayfair hotel (hanging with vietnam vets 1972 - 1977), max headroom, meat beat manifesto, metallica (to master of puppets), merzbow, meshuggah, m.d.c., michael moore, mike @ belmar cinema - nj 1978, miles davis (his vision), mlk, muhammad ali, new model army, night flight / night flight new wave theater, noam chomsky, non-aggression pact, nurse with wound, parliament funkadelic, pbs, pictures of earth (1970 - 1975), pink floyd (w/roger waters and the early sid barrett stuff), pneumatic detach, p.o.v., public enemy, pullman porters, queen (1st 4-lp's), ralph nader, richard pryor, rock world tv, rod serling (the twilight zone), rush, salvador dali, seeing a 13 year old girl with a bullet hole in her forehead, selected shorts, sisters of mercy, skinny puppy, sly & the family stone, stanley jordan, stanley milgram, stevie wonder, square pusher, survival research laboratories, tackhead, the b-52's (1st 2-lp's), the beastie boys, the beatnigs, the black panthers, the buzzcocks, the chromags, the church commission, the cure, the damned, the dead (their movement...not the music), the exorcist (the original), the king biscuit flower hour, the mollin commission, the police (1st 2-lp's), the psychedelic furs, the simpson's, the smiths (the early years), the stanford prison experiment (actual experiment, not band), the weather underground, this american life, tiananmen square, t.s.o.l, tyrone thomas, underpaid domestic workers, van halen (1st 4-lp's), venetian snares, wbai fm, william s. burroughs, X
Favorite movies:
Most socio-political documentaries, 1984, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist
Relationship status:
Band Question - Record label:
Indie, DIY, Self-Distro

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Brown Kitsune left a comment for Darryl Montgomery-Hell
"Hey babes! I'm doing a video on the girls, guys, queens, and etc. of afropunk.The video will be pictures of the afropunk people to show off their styles, personality,and all around BADASSINESS (if thats a word) attitude! So if you want to be in…"
Jul 31, 2011
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Darryl Montgomery-Hell and Oyo Ellis are now friends
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Darryl Montgomery-Hell commented on AFROPUNK's event Fuck Santa: Afro-punk Christmas Party Dec. 16th in NY!
"Looking forward to this. But I can't call it Webster Hall. It will ALWAYS be The Ritz to me...the home of many shows that are part of my developing years. Ahhh..."
Nov 28, 2010
Darryl Montgomery-Hell is attending AFROPUNK's event

Fuck Santa: Afro-punk Christmas Party Dec. 16th in NY! at Studio @ Webster Hall

December 16, 2010 at 8pm to December 17, 2010 at 1am
Alright fuckers, you wanted to hook-up, now is your chance! Come party with us for Christmas Dec. 16, 2010 in New York. With free tequila shots from 8-9pm and Live performances by California King and Earl Greyhound. Details on flyer below.Check this out: the first 75 AP members to e-mail their name…See More
Nov 28, 2010
Darryl Montgomery-Hell is now friends with SATIN HOOKS and BLACKAPALOOZA
Sep 18, 2010
the outsider replied to Darryl Montgomery-Hell's discussion Why must we [Black men] act as if we never saw a woman before?
"Yeah right, like I'm really going to get into a car with a complete stranger who may be a rapist (at best) or a serial killer. Because we all know that the line "Get in the car" is such an attractive pick-up line (rolls…"
May 27, 2010
Darryl Montgomery-Hell and Sweet Fuzzy Itsy Bitsy are now friends
May 23, 2010
Sekou replied to Darryl Montgomery-Hell's discussion Why must we [Black men] act as if we never saw a woman before?
"EHHH.....I just look at women and smile.....sometimes I'll offer them a piece of coconut, granted Im coming from the market. I live in San Diego.....they worship whiteness out here ( as they feel it will get them closer to the "American…"
May 21, 2010
Fashionfreak replied to Darryl Montgomery-Hell's discussion Why must we [Black men] act as if we never saw a woman before?
"earlier these two dudes rolled up in a bentley at 12 am looking like damn fools telling my sister to 'get in' the car. so she said 'no' and the driver said 'oh my fault i thought you were cute' *dead silence* i guess he…"
May 17, 2010

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At 8:39pm on July 31, 2011, Brown Kitsune said…

Hey babes! I'm doing a video on the girls, guys, queens, and etc. of afropunk.The video will be pictures of the afropunk people to show off their styles, personality,and all around BADASSINESS (if thats a word) attitude! So if you want to be in my my video contact me at:

At 6:58pm on April 10, 2010, Fashionfreak said…
hello fellow brooklynite!
At 3:04am on April 8, 2010, Mr. Reed said…
I really enjoy your perspective.


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