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Black Metal: "If You Want To Do Rock‘N’Roll, You Need To Look More... White"?

AFROPUNK members, rock glamazon Militia. and author Laina Dawes (who wrote the book 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal') were profiled in a recent report on Global Television. The two ladies talked about their experiences as black women in the rock/metal scenes.
Watch the full piece below.

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Tags: Black, Dawes, Heavy, Laina, Metal, Militia, Music, Racism, Rock, Sexism, More…Woman, Women

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Comment by Mytch Meadows on January 29, 2014 at 4:31pm

@Peter B.-ARE YOU KIDDING???  You said, Jimi Hendrix "never dropped heavy riffs..."!!!   What Albums did YOU listen too!  I was  a 'teenager' when Jimi was around, and I got his albums when they first 'Hit'!  The 1st album alone had "HEAVY" riffs like, 'Manic Depression, I Don't Live Today, and Foxey Lady"!!  If Jimi's music was NOT based around a 'Chord Progression', then it was based around a 'Riff'!  I've been playing guitar for 48 years...I said that Hendrix was the 'first REAL "FUSIONIST", meaning that he covered a Whole 'Spectrum' of Music and mixed different genres of music into his own unique blend, and a LOT of that music was COMPLETELY "ORIGINAL"!  There was also a Rolling Stone article where the writer spoke of listening to Hendrix' music "Sounded like HEAVY METAL falling from the sky"...which IS THE FIRST reference to HEAVY METAL on "Musical" terms!  "I" know what I'm talking about, and I know that a LOT of musicians "After" Jimi took 'pieces' of his MANY different styles of music and RAN WITH IT....like "HEAVY METAL"!

Comment by Peter B. on January 29, 2014 at 11:39am

Mytch Meadows- if you want to mentioned the band DEATH, be clear that there are three bands called DEATH.

1. DEATH from Detriot, the three black brothers, were responsible for proto-punk before Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten and the rest of the Sex Pistols came along to pretend they invented the thing.

2. DEATH- first death metal band from FL that is the Death known all over the heavy metal scene. All-white but instrumental in the creation of death metal.

3. BLACK DEATH- all-black thrash metal from the 80s. No one knows about them but they were similar to Slayer.

Comment by Peter B. on January 29, 2014 at 11:33am

mytch meadows- Dude ur wrong. Im a metal connoiseur and know my shit and can tell you that Jimi Hendrix was never metal. He did psych rock and blues and could shred like anything but never dropped heavy riffs and directly influence a whole genre of heavy metal fans like Black Sabbath did. Hendrix is still great and influential, just not metal.

Comment by Mytch Meadows on January 25, 2014 at 5:53am

Almost forgot....there's another band from Georgia, USA, called 'Straight Line Stitch', with a Black Female vocalist, who KILLS IT!! 

Comment by Mytch Meadows on January 25, 2014 at 5:51am

1st....the FIRST "METAL" music was done by JIMI HENDRIX, who is ALWAYS 'Looked OVER' by the WHITE 'Metalheads' who WISH to "CLAIM METAL" as their own!

2nd....Jada Pinkett-Smith has a KILLER band in 'WICKED WISDOM'!

3rd...."ALL" POPULAR AND MODERN MUSIC IS "BLACK" IN IT'S ROOTS and by definition IS "BLACK" MUSIC!  "EVERY" TIME Black people have INVENTED a STYLE OF MUSIC, here come the White people...Loving it, Praising it, Stealing it, Plagiarizing it, and CLAIMING IT AS 'THEIRS'!!!  It happened with Jazz, Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, R&B, Rap, Hip Hop, AND METAL! 

4th....the band DEATH, from Detroit, was the FIRST 'PUNK ROCK' Band!  It was made up of 3 BLACK Brothers, literally related, and were on the scene as early as 1972-75.  You can find 'em on YouTube!

5th...See the movie documentary, "ELECTRIC PURGATORY", about how the White Corporate Record Companies have, since Hendrix, ALIENATED Black Musicians FROM SUCCESS 'BECAUSE' OF THEIR RACE!!! 

IN CONCLUSION.....I've been a MUSICIAN ALL of my LIFE!  I've heard and seen it ALL, since MUSIC is what I LOVE and STUDY!!  It's time to RECLAIM WHAT HAS BEEN "STOLEN" FROM US, MUSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, MENTALLY, AND HISTORICALLY!   And as for the word "Nigger", well, let's just say that the word DESCRIBES ITSELF AS; A HUMAN BEING WHO HAS "LOWERED" THEMSELVES TO THE BASE INSTINCTS OF "ANIMALS"!!  It BEST DESCRIBES "ALL" RACISTS, If you ask ME!!!  PEACE AND LOVE!!!

Comment by Terrince Autry on January 24, 2014 at 9:48pm

Loved this piece. I am a metal fan, to an extent. Can dig Metallica, Pantera, Liked the early rap-metal fusion of Body Count, and 24-7 Spyz. Cant quite dig speed nor death metal. More into serious hard rock and classic rock. Face it, I'm an older cat. 


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