I am Boots Riley from the Coup given a different name and form, but like Boots, I too want the world to “Dig It” and scream “F Columbus” even if I’ve shaved my afro off and have given up translating Saul William’s “Co-ed Language” long ago, and embraced my own Terror Dome of thought.
However, I’ve found that when you’ve finally reached that moment where you’ve dropped serious H2O on the fiber and you’ve come into your own as an independent soul, that society wants to shackle you back into its definition of blackness. Even when it comes to something so simple as the type of music you listen to.
Here’s a brief synopsis of some of these stereotypes; If you listen to gangsta rap you must be ghetto or thuggish and have some form of drama in your life, if you’re a backpacker you’re a nerd and got beat up in school a lot and chances are you’re on some social political conscious tip, and if you’re a black rocker or an Afro-punk, you must be cocky and have “white boy swagger like Brent Michaels” and a bit too arrogant for your own good, and of course you must date white girls since the jury is still out on you for listening to mainly “white people” music!
So, is it true? Do the vast majority of Afro-punk guys date white women? Does it matter if they do or don’t? If it does matter, does it make them “sell outs?"
I won’t pretend to speak for everyone, we already have to many people claiming to speak for this generation or the next. I’m simply a voice who refused to plug into the matrix of social norm long ago. So, I’ll speak for myself and any alternative mind folk who choose to agree with me. Feel free to start a whole moment to disagree with me if you like, if anything it’ll be worth two minutes of entertainment. That’s how much haters opinions are worth these days. But, seriously The Souls of Black Folk at least demand that you keep an open mind and continue to read this!
Afro-punks are no different from anyone else in the sense that they gravitate toward people with similar interest and beliefs, and it wasn’t until Afro-Punk became a unified movement that many of these people found each other, especially with the help of the internet!
Therefore my answer to the question is “yes” because in the past many black rock guys dated mainly white women in part of similar interest, because in the past it was hard to find that soul sista who was into any type of music other then rap, jazz, gospel, or r & b. And, vice versa.
There is a growing multitude of black women in the world, who have given up on dating black men, or men period! Now, factor in the black rock chicks who feel they have nothing in common with the average black man, or that black punk guys are “full of shit” as one lady told me because she says most of them are all hype and image, but lacked true substance, which is why she felt they were better suited for any other woman, but her! So, what’s a brotha to do?
“Date submissive bitchy white girls,” is the answer I got from one brotha who stated he loved sistas more then anything, but couldn’t find one who understood his love affair with Mohawks, hard rock, and living the life of an indy rock star, even if he wasn’t in a band!
The debate is still out there and I don’t view anyone a “sellout” for dating whomever they choose, and I imagine it won’t get solved anytime soon! The Black rock explosion isn’t a trend like the Neo Soul Movement that came and went within a blink of an eye, with hundreds if not thousands of black cafes and bars closing up shop on their neo soul and poetry nights as a result!
Now, that more bands and performers are entering the spotlight and are enjoying some form of mainstream success whose faces and souls reflect the spirit of all of these so-called weirdoes and alternative black kids world wide (even Lil Wayne of all people have jumped on the bandwagon), along side of social networking sites like afropunk.com more and more black rockers are finding each other, and realizing that they have more in common then just the MUSIC!