James Daniel Lopez (aka Jimbo, Jim, Jimmy, J Lo, etc)
Yo! Just a shy guy looking to make friends, especially like-minded individuals here (and I do mean individuals). I'm shy, dorky, and awkward, which makes it hard to meet people, especially in L.A.
I'm not African-American (I'm Latino, of Mexican/Chicano/Angeleno heritage, although I do have Afro-Latin roots), but I can definitely relate to the Afro-punk experience.
I believe in solidarity with all people, including punks of all backgrounds, but especially punks of color. As I mentioned, I’m not African-American, but I definitely know what its like to be even less than a minority, especially because of musical taste. I was brought up listening to all sorts of music from day one (including punk, which was self-defining for me), but when I was in my early adolescence (early to mid/late 90’s), I knew hardly anyone my age or in my neighborhood (I grew up in South Los Angeles, where I still live) that listened to rock music, much less punk rock. Even the occasional person my own age who claimed to listen to punk usually didn’t know $hit about the old bands (Sex Pistols, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Crass, the Clash, etc). I know Latino punks are somewhat common these days, but they almost didn’t exist when I was a kid (at least none close to my age). The same goes with African-American punks. I know where you all are coming from. Peace.
You can be my friend if...
You are a good, decent person who is smart and aware. I prefer if you are nice, politically conscious, open-minded, and relatively laid back, but these are not absolutely necessary. Also, PLEASE be sane; I've met more than my fair share of crazy people, some of who are still in my life.
Substitute Teacher (Compton Unified)
the Damned, Killing Joke, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Einsturzende Neubauten, the Dead Kennedys, In-Camera, Gang of Four, the Cramps, Demented Are Go, Crass, the Residents, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, TSOL, the Pop Group, the Doors, Bauhaus, David Bowie, Los Lobos, Screamin Jay Hawkins, the Coasters, Malo, the Exploited, Paralisis Permanente
Too many to list, but here are a few: Lawrence of Arabia, Moby Dick (1956 version), Eddie Murphy: Delirious, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 version), Malcolm X (1992), El Laberinto del Fauno, Diarios de Motocicleta
Anything by Ambrose Bierce, Roald Dahl, and Karl Marx. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a favorite. I also enjoy some of Tolkien's work and, of course, Mad Magazine.
I just read your post in a thread. You acknowledged pride in your African roots. You pointed out African physical characteristics in your own appearance with pride and sincerity. The question I then have, brotha, is why do you call yourself NotSoPhotogenic? With all that you described, you're a good looking man. Just wondering. Peace.
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Hello & Welcome: I'm Ghettosongbird a rock-n-roll singer/songwriter/guitarist from Philly coming to perform in L.A. at the Whisky A Go-Go Aug 24th 9pm. Hope you can fly by & support a sista. Here's more info below about my artistry, as I look forward to hearing from you.
Philadelphia Rock-N-Roll singer/songwriter/guitar goddess GHETTOSONGBIRD will be landing in Hollywood, CA at The World Famous Whisky A Go-Go 8901 Sunset Blvd. 9pm $10 August 24th with her Roxploitation band armed with a great stage show. Thank you in advance, as we hope you can please support Ghettosongbird by purchasing your PreSale Ticket for $10 before the show by emailing me your name, so I can leave your ticket at the door.
Ghettosongbird has been performing for the pass 8 years in Philly, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Ohio, & making her come back to L.A. She recorded her 1st album in L.A. with the help of her mentor Rosa Lee Brooks who wrote & recorded with the Legendary Jimi Hendrix & still performing today. This rock goddess conjures her energy from the 60's & 70's with a modern day vibe, that can remind you of her mother's albums she grew up on including P-Funk, Mandrill, Jimi Hendrix, The Door, Black Sabbath, Sly & The Family Soul, Sarah Vaungh, a profound mixture that created this next generation of rock-n-roll. Please pass the word you heard about Ghettosongbird!