Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, X-Mas, Happy Holidays, etc.


Happy Holidays you guys!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa etc. No matter your religious or non religious beliefs.

Be safe, happy, eat well, enjoy yourselves and I hope the new year brings you everything you hoped for.

-BGIHM

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Help Me Choose and Vote!


So I'm toying with different topics I would like to post within the next few days/weeks and I need your help in choosing. The next few blogs will be in order according to the rank in votes starting from the highest.
Since I apparantly don't have Javascript I can't embed the poll so just click on the link real quick and vote on the follwing topics:

Blacks In Anime/Videogames
The Difference Between Nationalism/Racism in Metal
Flavor of The Week-The Objex
Why Women In Metal Aren't Taken Seriously pt. 2
Youtube Video:Black People Can Listen to Metal
Metal: Then and Now


Here's the link:

http://www.neomyz.com/poll/poll.aspx?1bc2e586e93cae64


If you have any suggestions that you personally want to put forth if you didn't like any of these, please comment and I'll get back to you!


Thats all folks'!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Flavor of The Week-D-FE


Thanks to one of the followers of this blog, (Thanks Luke!) I discovered this awesome band called D-FE. Get this-It's a tribal metal band. It's super interesting and dare I say-refreshing? I like the idea of mixing traditional African tribal music (mostly heavy percussion) and even some Afro-Caribbean instruments with heavy metal. It's so metal because it goes against everything metal is supposed to be. The unfortunate thing is that I can barely find any info on them yet apparently they've been on the scene since 1997! I'm not too sure but on their myspace it say they disbanded with their last LP that was out in 2008-which saddens me. Check em' out though. It's a shame that they are unsigned...




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8agfU7pcSog <-The single 'Kermite'. http://www.myspace.com/dfeband <-D-FE myspace
Yay or Nay? I want your opinion.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Heavy Metal Snobbery? (Europe vs. Everyone Else)

I apologize for the lack of posts-I haven't been on the Internet for a while but I really wanted to bring this to your attention. (I'll continue the Dating In The Metal Scene pt. 2 after this)

Recently, I've noticed a bit of a...debate going on in the metal scene that I think has been there for a while now. I sometimes look over the comments on YouTube for different metal bands with blacks in them just to read the support or lack thereof for the band.


More than anything, it seems that a lot of European metal heads are emphatic that European metal is the best kind of metal and any other type of attempt at metal is considered less or even perhaps bizarre and futile.

And even on this blog I've noticed that the comments I get from the Europeans (specifically around the Baltic region or Scandinavian) all sort of revolve around the same issue. It's not even so much race as it there is an emphasis on 'culture'. The main argument being that metal music in general (now correct me Scandinavian readers if I'm wrong)-is for a certain 'culture'. Now let me stress culture. It seems to perplex them the most not that a black person would be into metal per se but the fact that black culture as a whole is the complete antithesis of metal culture...if that makes sense? I'm not pointing fingers at anyone-it's just an observation. But it's not just the whole black thing.



I believe that American metal bands just aren't taken as seriously as European metal bands...at least in Europe. Now, you may ask me, but BGIHM-what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing. It's this elitist attitude that I dislike.


Granted, metal sort of was molded/perfected in Europe with bands like Cream, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin I think we can all attribute its roots to blues and American Rock n Roll. I think different forms of metal were obviously created in different areas. Thrash metal is so purely American with bands like Metallica and Anthrax while Black metal is purely a European and specifically Norwegian form of metal. I'm not saying that there are no bands from either Europe or America that aren't either-but the base of where that brand of metal comes from is there. Now I'm not going to go into the semantics and hierarchy of the different types of metal because its just too damn much to get into. I guess what I'm mainly miffed about is the unwillingness, hell-on both sides, to admit that Heavy Metal at best was and is a joint effort on all fronts. There are some AMAZING South American metal bands, as well as Japanese (well truthfully, I only like Gallhammer), and the sparse but good metal that's being released out of Africa.



This didn't come out as eloquently as I had hoped but the basis of what I'm trying to say is that Metal music is such a minority in music that there should be no snobbery of who's balls are bigger than the other. Europe has amazing metal bands such as Gorgoroth, Iron Maiden, Opeth, Carcass, etc. America has amazing metal bands such as Death, Slayer, Iron Butterfly, Dream Theater,etc (Yes, I like Dream Theater, so what). And there are so many more.
I dunno, maybe I'm still ignorant on the topic. Please comment, I want your ever intriguing thoughts.
Who cares, its good music right?




Thursday, September 3, 2009

Flavor of The Week-Daybreak Medusa


If you have the time, check out this band called Daybreak Medusa. It slightly reminds of Killswitch Engage but with out the screaming and hard edge. I'd call them more hard rock with melodic influence but they call themselves 'alternative metal'. Not my type of music (I like it a bit harder and aggressive) But I figured you all may or may not dig them. They almost sound like a pop rock band sometimes, but I think they have a chance to appeal to that demographic. I wish them luck. Here are some links to explore this band's sound.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ_1tM1y2Y4 (feat. the song 'Obligation'-catchy hook)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEZpMAU_ie0&feature=related (feat. song 'With You')

yay or nay? Or maybe meh.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Passion...less? (Off topic)


I've been feeling a bit lethargic about a lot of things lately. I don't know if I've finally become cynical or senile (probably a mixture of both) but things that seemed important to me not too long ago suddenly aren't so important.
My hobbies and the passion I had for them are wilting. For example, I love art. I can paint, sketch, sculpture, photograph, write, etc anything. And not to toot my own horn but I'm pretty good at it. But I do it because I LOVE it. Recently-I haven't been doing it as much. I can't even remember the last home project I had just for fun. My canvas' are in storage, my paints are starting to dry up, and I've lost a good bit of my brushes. Someone stole my memory stick at school for my camera and I've just been too nonchalant to replace it (it's fairly cheap to replace).
I also love music. When I was fourteen I received my first acoustic guitar which I cherished. I still have it but ever since my older brother thought he should get one too and practically copied all the songs I was doing, started listening to the music I listen to, etc I lost passion for that as well. I guess, I used to be so artistically inclined as well as productive and now I just feel so...apathetic.
It's not even just my past hobbies anymore that's being infected. College just seems like an annoying bug on my windshield. If I don't go I cannot get a decent paying job or support myself in the future (at least not without struggling) . Not going is not an option according to my family-more specifically my parents who already have a doctor son and lawyer daughter. Things are going well with my boyfriend but I don't feel like putting 100% in the relationship like I originally planned. What do I need a boyfriend for anyway? I'm only 18-but I can't imagine myself with out him.


Sometimes I honestly want to pack up and move. Out of the country. Anywhere.

Not necessarily running away from my problems but just relocating to find myself again. I have a rebel sister who basically went against everything my parents said she should do. And she seems so happy. She's lived all over America. Has this amazing jet setting lifestyle and it works for her. She was my age when she ran away. But I'm too chicken shit to do that.

It's like all the teen angst I never had in my early teens to middle teens is coming back to haunt me in my late teens. I should be so ecstatic and excited right now because the world is my oyster, so to speak. Right now should be the best time of my life but I just feel empty.

Or is restless more the word?
Advice?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Heavy Metal In Africa...Black Africa!?

I had come across this article maybe a year ago and had since lost it but recently I found it again. It's the best article I've come across that perfectly describes the fledgling metal scene in Black Africa. What I mean by Black Africa is Sub-Saharan (I don't like that word but it is what it is) and not South Africa. I mean, Africa where there are black Africans. This article especially hit home since although I was born in America, my father is West African and my mother is Black American. I knew the few readers I had would find this article interesting. Here is the link to the whole article (which I suggest you read, its very interesting. There are two pics as well) but I will post two paragraphs in this blog that stuck out to me:



[...The third thing that struck me was the attitude among the metal heads in Gaberone toward race. It is often assumed that “whiteness” plays an important role in heavy metal subcultures. In Botswana this is, however, not the case, since all metalheads (at least the ones I encountered) are black. And as if this was not enough, all the metal fans I talked to thought that it was strange that I, a white man, liked heavy metal...
Gaborone, I believe that these observations all have one thing in common: they bring to the fore a mismatch between, on the one hand, the theoretical framework through which heavy metal is understood, and, on the other hand, the heterogeneous character of the contemporary, globalized heavy metal culture. Why did I find the metal scene in Gabarone strange? Because my understanding of heavy metal was ethnocentric - i.e. based on the idea that European and/or North American heavy metal represents 'normality', while african metal is characterized as an exotic 'deviation' from this norm
.]

I have some subjects to tap into on this subject. I think first, we need to break down Africa as a whole. Most people are extremely ignorant of the continent, the countries, the culture, etc. And I can't blame them when all you see of Africa is mostly the poor desolate wasteland that its always portrayed as. Simply not true. I know because I've been there to visit family-hell my cousin there listens to the Coors and I saw a versace store while there. But if all you see is the stereotypical portrayal of Africa-how is the metal industry going to believe that there is any sort of market for that music there of all places? This leads me to one of the points I bolded:


Do we think of music as ethnocentric?


Meaning that we associate different types of music with different types of groups, races, minorities, etc. What was the most interesting aspect of the article was that the black metal heads thought HE was strange to enjoy metal.


How interesting, eh?


This again only makes me think of one of my past posts on subculture adaptation and how black people will always be viewed as a whole and never individuals with their own tastes, mindsets, and ways of life. We are a race but we are separate as people and just because someone can know one or two or perhaps even 20 black people does not mean they all are into the same things. I want to delve more into the article in later post but first I want to know what you think of it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

B.E.T: Ignoring the 'Others'. Who's at fault?


It's obvious that there seems to be a lack of acknowledgement by popular media culture of blacks in any form of alternative music, art, profession, etc. My question is, why? And even more specifically, a lack of acknowledgement from black people themselves. I've contemplated this for a while now and I've come up with these few conclusions:

Is it just ignorance of the scene in general? (as in it's so rare/unique that it doesn't deserve attention yet?)

Is the media (both black and corporate white) wanting to portray black people a certain way for ratings/money reasons?

Is it easier to label black people, as a whole, into one category rather then defining them by individual traits.


But then I started to think of the socioeconomic part of all this, especially when considering the black media. I got to thinking of the different options kids in low income homes have in regards to branching out of what they know and getting exposed to a different lifestyle. I've grown up quite differently from a lotof black people that I personally know and they point that out to me by the way I dress, talk, act, who I'm friends with, what I listen to, what school I went to, etc. And I'm starting to realize that a lot of the black people I'm friends with and/or meet at concerts have grown up similar to me-which is middle class maybe upper middle class. So from a young age I've been exposed to different ideas/cultures that perhaps my counterparts have yet to be. How can they be consciously aware of a movement or idea that they have never been a part of or exposed to? Should they be expected to be actively involved?


Could the reasons why the black media is shunning this certain small community be because its not massively relatable on a national sense?


B.E.T., as most of you may know, is the black entertainment channel. A few weeks (or a month)ago, B.E.T had their annual awards show and all I could think about was 'Why don't they have a best black male/female in metal, opera, rock, etc'. I think I now know so I'm going to narrow it down to three things:

1.) There aren't many musicians/entertainers to choose from in that category. It's rare that a black person be into those scenes-I get it.

2.) There isn't a great knowledge of any of it. Most people don't even know what Afropunk is or the BRC (Black Rock Coalition), and I can understand that.

3.) It's not very relatable to most black folks.


So, I think it boils down to that. I just wish there would be some mass media recognition of it though. Black people can be so much more than what we are CONSTANTLY portrayed as-wouldn't it just mix things up a bit if we weren't so categorized?

Anyway, I want your thoughts/opinions.
(BTW, sorry for lack of updates. Been preparing for college and sorting out all other assorted drama.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I Will Say One Thing About It...(off topic)

I know you all are probably tired of hearing about the death of MJ and having it shoved down your throats but I just wanted to say one thing about it.
All this adoration of him is complete bullshit because just last week they were calling him 'wacko jacko' and hating him. I just despise dishonesty and I think its interesting how suddenly when someone dies they become important or even respected when in life they were regarded as a joke. Yeah, I get it. He was the king of pop...okay. What else?

People die-get over it.

Treat him like how you were just a couple of days ago rather than pay reverence for someone you didn't even really respect in the first place.

It happened with Anna Nicole and now with MJ and I'm sick of it.

Okay, my mini rant is over.
Opinions?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Recommended Reading: Running With Scissors


Who doesn't like stories about strange dysfunctional families? Whats even better is that it's a memoir so it's real! I read this last week, couldn't put it down. It's a strangely poignant coming of age story about the life of Augusten Burroughs, who lives a bizarre life after his writer mother sends him to live with her psychiatrist named Dr. Finch. The best description for the book, I'd say, would be deliciously disturbing. Between the Dr. having a masturbatorium, his psychotic mother having unstable lesbian relationships w/ various women and thinking herself a great writer, eating dog food, and even Augusten himself having a sexual relationship with a 30 something guy at 15-phew! It's a lot of book. All of it is written in a kind of brazen apathetically sarcastic way-which adds to the ridiculousness of it all because the topics are so serious. I hadn't done one of the recommended reading in a while-but if you have any reading suggestions please post them (I'm freakin trapped at home because of the outrageous snow/blizzard storm going on)


*By the way-don't see the movie. It was one of the worst book to film adaptations I've ever seen.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Gay Metalheads?


Male dominated. Sweaty. In your face. Brutal. Head Banging. Mosh Pits. Screaming. Aggression.


Where would gay fit into any of this?


One of my best friends is gay and plays bass in a metal band (Well, he says metal- I say metal core). He hasn't told a soul that he's gay, besides me and the few others he's come out to. What saddens me the most is that he hasn't told his best friends/band members that he is. I wondered about this for a while. Why would he feel that he couldn't tell his best friends, some of which he's known since kindergarten?


This made me think that being a gay metal head is almost comparable to being a female metal head or a black metal head but it just might be worse. Metal is generally super machismo (not including hair metal which I don't consider real metal) as well as aggressive and doesn't really allow for a homosexual male to feel comfortable declaring that he is indeed homosexual. I bet there are a good bit of gay famous heavy metal musicians but only a few are brave enough to out themselves, like the one in the picture above. Gaahl of black metal band, Gorgoroth. He practically screams 'gay'.
Or the most famous outed gay metalhead Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Those are the only two that I could think of off the top of my head. And out of all the metal bands and fans out there I'm positive there are more. I might go as far as to say that heavy metal is slightly homophobic. It's almost like being a gay rapper. Have you heard of any famous gay male rappers? I didn't think so.


I always found it humorous that metal is so testosterone fueled yet the fans are okay with growing their hair long, wearing make up and tight leather pants yet be so standoff-ish when it comes to the possibility of gay men in their scene.
What say you?

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Your Not Like The Rest of Them..."


Tell me what the hell this means?


I was at my brother's apartment meeting some of his friends and one guy (a friend of a friend) in particular (who had a confederate flag bedspread mind you)-got to talking to me about music, political views, yadda yadda. Then rather abruptly he says "You and your brother aren't like the rest of them". I sort of was dumbfounded then a fiery rage starts to bubble in me and I ask "What does that mean?" He sort of shrugs and goes off on this explanation that my brother and I aren't like regular black people. We don't dress or speak like most black people. In his words he says "You dress like us and that's a good thing". I decide to quiet my inner rage and diplomatically have a conversation with him about how that sounded to me and why its a tad offensive. He got super offended and said 'Ah, now your pulling the black card on me. I was just complimenting you.' he said this sort of jokingly but by that time I had enough so I choose to go tell my brother I'm leaving.


First of all-I'm confused on how this was a compliment. Your not like the rest of them...as opposed to what? Meaning that the rest of them (other black folks) are synonymous with something negative. I'm always so flustered when people say this or something similar to me and the countless other black folks that 'aren't like the rest of them'. There are SO many different types of black people out there yet because of media reinforcement and a few negative encounters-others have formed a false opinion of us. I hate feeling like I've already posted about this but its true and it happens all the time. Why are people surprised that I should talk a certain way, dress, be interested in certain things? What it really comes down to is a lack of exposure to each other. There are many people who don't venture out-racially-in terms of making relationships with people. And its not their fault. If they've never been exposed to anything outside of their circle then why would they ever really need to? And this goes for all races of people but I honestly believe that in order to let go of prejudices and false representations we need to try and get to know people of different cultures and lifestyles apart from the media or the few moments of contact we've had with said races.

I absolutely hate that where I live its so segregated (unconsciously mind you). There's the Hispanic, white and black areas of town and there are stigmas in all the areas. I have friends that live all over my town and yet they still will say some pretty nasty things about areas they've never even been in because of what they have HEARD and not what they have EXPERIENCED themselves.

Now mind you, I've met plenty of vile people that have come from all races yet I know that one person does not represent a culture, ethnicity, or an entire race.


*shrug* Maybe its just like that where I live. All I know is that I need to get the hell out of this city-but does it ever really change wherever you go?

Tardy...

I do apoligize for the lack of updates. I've been super busy graduating. Not to mention all the personal family/relationship drama I've been having but I promise to continue posting when I have the time. Keep checking back and if you have any questions/comments post them here. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Flavor of The Week:Earl Greyhound


Not a metal band but good non the less. I was thoroughly surprised when my bf took me to see this band in January. They were amazing and really nice people. I had meant to blog about it but I had forgotten w/ my computer crashing and all. It's hard rock with a 70's influence that makes you want to head bang. Check em' out-(the other songs besides this one are a bit poppish but if you just want cruisin' music this is it)
Here's their single 'S.O.S'
And 'Monkey' (audio's sort of shitty)
What say you?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Help: List of Bands w/ Blacks in Them.

I really wanted to formulate a list of bands that have black folk's in them and put it in a side bar or something just in case someone wanted to know. I wanted your help in finding some bands-this would include metal (of course), rock, indie, etc. Just any type of music that isn't what you'd expect w/ blacks. I first wanted to get some bands from you guys then add on the ones that I know of to make the list.

(BTW: I might make a list of female fronted metal bands too so if you know any really good ones add that below your bands w/ blacks listing)


So please post some bands!
Thanks!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Turn that Devil Worshipping music down!


I want to delve into something completely different right now so-lets talk about Satan!

Well-more specifically black metal.

I had a friend that recently came up to me and said " You do know most metal is about Satanism. Your worshipping the Devil by listening to it". I thought this was a tad unfair to say number one because I don't really believe the devil exist. Two because there are soooo many different types of metal so its unfair to label all of it as devil worshipping. I mean-can you imagine the hair metal bands of the 80's spatting satanic rituals while wearing pink leopard print leotards? I didn't think so.

A lot of these same comments came from black folks and I think I said before that in terms of metal as a whole-many black people feel turned off from it just from the principal that they feel it to be sacrilegious of sorts.

I personally used to be absolutely terrified of metal in general-like I used to be scared to watch Marilyn Manson and NIN music videos on MTV late at night and I thought THAT was metal. It wasn't really up until my Freshman year that I finally formed my own opinion and really delved into different genres of music. Now I'm very comfortable watching music videos for bands like Gorgoroth or Carpathian Forest. Quite honestly-I think its amusing. But I can understand that for most black and white people-it looks and sounds disturbing.

MOST metal isn't even about religion/Satanism. I mean, people have to understand that there are sub genres such as power metal (the most fun kind to me), speed metal, NBSM (<-now that's National Socialist Black Metal which basically is metal that you don't want to listen to if your not racist-bands like Burzum, Infernum, or Graveland-this is only a very small percentage of the black metal community believe it or not), Hair metal, Death, Goth, Thrash, Symphonic, Progressive, Folk (another favorite of mine), Stoner, etc. And the only type that has themes of Satanism IS black metal. Now, I realize this is not everyones thing or type of music/metal they are interested in but I just wanted to get it out there that there are HUGE differences in all of the genres. I take most music with a grain of salt. Obviously, I won't support bands that are racist and crap but I like all kinds of different music and clean, pure, evil black metal is fine with me. I guess it doesn't really bother me or intimidate me.


...Yeah. I have alot of guy friends.

Now, I'm not saying black metal bands or music for that matter is for the faint of heart or the morally inclinded. Hell, some of these bands burned churches (luckily no one was inside I don't believe. Let me do a rain check on that) but I suppose this post was really about metal as a whole.


Anyways, this isn't all I wanted to cover on the subject but I hope that more and more people can explore metal as a whole genre rather than condemn it just as one stereotype. I may have to do another blog on the subject later. I guess the bottom line is you just gotta research and be smart about what your listening to and take it light heartily (clearly not if its NSBM or any other hate bands)-if not you might be missing out on music you'd never expect to fall in love with.

Black Metal sign by: Mefistoteles@deviantart.com

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Changing Face of Rock


I thought you all would find this article interesting. It's old but its about Ozzfest 2008 and how metal is beginning to become more multiracial/diverse. I think its a good thing that music like metal or even rap is becoming more and more submerged with new faces that bring different sounds to it.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Back to Square One. (Not Important but If You Want to Read Anyway...)

WARNING: TEMPER TANTRUM/RANT

*sigh* I absolutely hate being childish and pointing a finger, but hey-I'm still a child anyway right? So I'm going on a mini-rant.

If you click on the post about Lord Toph (The post, in fact below this one) and read the comments you'll see what I'm talking about. First of all-this blog-the very one you are observing now is MINE. My own. My own to rant about race in the metal scene or my own to rant about non important junk that no one really cares about-its still mine.
I decided to post on the Internet to see if kindred souls would identify or not identify and give me their honest opinion on the subject and I had thought that I had gotten my reasoning behind the blog and its subject very clear in nearly all my posts. So a comment such as this:

"I guess this is what we can expect from a 17 yr old girl with no vision, somebody who only sees in black or white"

Or this:

"Agrees with Anonymous why does it have to do with race .. why does everything come down to the race card..."

This gets me thinking if people really even think about what they are reading in this blog at all and why I feel the need to identify the blog as 'The Black Girl Into Heavy Metal'. I feel like I'm being redundant but I'll rehash this again so the obvious newcomers to the blog don't get me misinterpreted. In my normal everyday life-I could care less about race-I have friends and family of other races. It's OTHER PEOPLE that seem to care so much for reasons beyond my knowledge. I wish I could say we live in a bubble gum world where we sing peace and love songs and don't notice race and stereotypes within the race but we do. I personally feel as though these comments are very naive and dangerous. I was going to do a different post about this but-what the hell- I'll just include it in the rant. In my opinion-bash me if you want, this is my blog and I can say whatever the hell I wish-I feel that humans aren't necessarily inherently racist but inherently prejudice. We are programmed from a young age to see in shades and are constantly barraged with false representations of a culture/race that we slowly are poisoned to believe. What do I mean? When people see black folks like Lord Toph, Grace Jones, Jada Pinkett, hell even Dennis Rodman they are either glorified for being 'different' and unique' aka 'not like the other ones' or are hated and are wretched for the very same reasons by somebody and usually it has to do with race. Example of this would be YouTube. Click on a video with a black person or an Asian, or a Latino doing something 'out of the ordinary' and read the comments. I also want to make it clear that its not white folks that are just doing it but EVERYONE is prejudging and berating each other.
And I'm being persecuted because I'm honest? Racism and prejudice exist-especially so with black artists in alternative forms of music. This blog is just me putting a light to it because we really don't have many voices in the community to attest to it.
It comes down to the race card because it usually does-if you don't believe me then look at the controversy surrounding the President.
I'm not saying black folks should receive a shiny medal or a pat on the back. I just want awareness-that's all and I enjoy the thoughts and opinions of others who think above a 5th grade level. So please, from now on lets all be a little more honest with ourselves when it comes to racial identity in music and within our own communities. I guess I just felt those post put me right back to square one and the point I was trying to make in the first place.

I realize this is the Internet and you as well can/will say anything you want in turn and I respect your opinion...just not your unfounded attacks.

That's all folks'!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flavor of The Week: Lord Toph

While perusing the world of Youtube I came across a video of interest. Namely because its a black guy doing goth alt. music. *sigh* So I enthusiastically click on the thumbnail and was disappointed. The song isn't the worst part about it-its the terrible unimaginative music video and the cheesiness almost makes it seem like some strange joke/parody of a goth song.

However, I do give him kudos for trying after reading some of comments (like one saying 'wtf. just go rap.' or something similar which pissed me off...clearly we haven't gotten pretty far in contradiction to the Afropunk post). It's clear that the video was low budget and the art director clearly thought he was doing something innovative.

Side note:The shoes the girl is wearing in the vid are really fab though.


Needless to say, I decided to rename this one the sour flavor of the week because it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I think sometimes black folks sort of exaggerated the dark quality of this type of music when they go into it (ex. Wicked Wisdom) but hell, they are paving the way for the rest of us.
Video for 'Mesmerized':


Yay or Nay?I want your opinion. Comment Please.

Not Dead Yet!...In Other News, Afropunk!


I'm sort of back-just in case anyone still visits this blog. I'm writing this on the temporary computer that I have now that I'm supposed to be using only for school work but-obviously I'm not. Yeah, I'm such a rebel.



Afropunk. I'm sure most of you that visit this blog know what that is even if you've never heard of it. To make a long story short its a documentary by James Spooner that sort of catalogues the experience of black people who dig rock music in all its forms and the social issues that still plague the scene today. Why do I suddenly bring this up? Well, I guess I just wanted to post something after so long a hiatus as well as that I wanted to emphasize the importance of the Afropunk movement for awkward kids of all colors around the world. Mind you, I think this film shouldn't only be viewed as just for black kids but for any one who's ever felt they don't belong anywhere and have needed some sort of identity. The joy that is felt in finding a similar interest and common hardship in another human being cannot be paralleled.


For black people into alternative types of music-this movie is a must. It's especially important for us because no other race of people seem to face as much adversity (from both sides) when they like music and go to shows other than the usual: Rap, R&B, Funk, Soul, etc. Just being honest. I'm happy that now it's becoming more of a normal occurrence and that even black people are starting to recognize/accept their own who have gone a separate route. And I'm also happy white people are starting to realize that they aren't the only ones who can go psycho at shows or bang their head to their favorite band. Music is freedom and now that the world is becoming more and more educated in the ways of each other-we can only hope that movements like Afropunk don't have to exist anymore.


(BTW: Super excited to go to an upcoming Opeth show with my boyfriend. Hopefully I can have pics up from it)
(Another BTW: Pic above is of musician Honeychild Coleman who is an Afropunk musician-check her out if you think she looks interesting)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Apology

I'm really very sorry about the lack of updates. My computer crashed and it won't turn on at all-I mean it will but all I get is a black screen and my monitor just says 'not receiving information', etc. So I suppose this blog will go on a teeny bit of a hiatus until I get it fixed. (I'm typing this at a friends place right now) so stay subscribed or check it out the blog every once in a while for updates if they happen at all. I fully intend to maintain the blog-my computer just has to get fixed is all.

Love,

BGIHM

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just So You Know...

We have a new President! 44th of the United States President Barack Obama. I just thought since it is a landmark in history that I have to post a short but sweet blog about it. We watched it at school today on a huge projector as he was sworn in and for the first time in a long time I felt proud to be an American. All day people were just saying that today was only a big deal because he is the first 'African American President' of America and that pissed me off.
Yeah, he is black. I've gotten over that but really-this is huge because he is President at a time when it is so prudent and important that we have a leader who can possibly make America as well as the rest of the world right again. There is a reason why so many countries are invested in this as well-and it's not because he is black. It also is because of the state of the economic world and healing the racial divide perhaps in more countries besides the U.S. It's so awesome that it happened in my lifetime and I honestly feel humbled and just hope that he lives up to his message and the hoopla surrounding him.
I don't think Obama should be viewed as someone to save us all as some are putting that type of pressure on him-but more so a fresh start to an amazing term.
Lets hope he does us all proud.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Recommended Reading:Enchantress From The Stars

If you like to read, raise your hand!

Anyways, so just like the Flavor of The Week, I think I'm going to start a Recommended Reading entry every now and then. Who doesn't like books? I'd hope anyone who reads this gives me some recommendations too especially if its related to whatever book I'm trying to sell you.

I recently bought this novel called Enchantress From The Stars written by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (Don't be deceived by the name). It's a frame story told from three perspectives that are in first person: Elana, a member of an interstellar civilization on a mission to a medieval planet, becomes the key to a dangerous plan to turn back an invasion. How can she help the Andrecians, who still believe in magic and superstition, without revealing her own alien powers? At the same time, Georyn, the son of an Andrecian woodcutter, knows only that there is a dragon in the enchanted forest, and he must defeat it (Thank you Amazon.com. I'm terrible at describing things).


The Dragon is the machine used by the planet that is colonizing the medieval one but they think its a Dragon because they don't know any better. Jarel (the third character) is a medic of the colonizing planet who is fighting with his own moral conscience about whether what they are doing is ethical and Elana is trying to help the primitive planet by posing as a 'witch' who gives them mystical weapons-which are really advanced technological tools-to slay the dragon but it ends up being this tragic love story.


So it has action for the boys and drama for the girls. I highly recommend this.


It evokes questions about the responsibilities of more advanced societies toward primitive ones, about the ability of individuals to grow and to make a difference in their world, and about the many possibilities the universe may hold.


It's rad. Read it. I most likely did not do it justice with such a terrible summary.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Why Women In Metal Aren't Taken Seriously Pt. I


I feel as though I've been so focused on race issues in metal and I want to divert a bit-take a breather and focus on something else for the time being. Race stuff gets tiring sometimes right? Why not temporarily move to an even more exciting topic in metal music? Gender!

So, not only am I black but I'm also a chick *gasp* and believe it or not I have somewhat of a tiny feminist in me just waiting to be heard.

*sigh* I don't know where to begin. Let me start by saying that women in metal music have exceeded expectations and are fast on the way of being a huge marketing tool...which can be good or bad. It's just interesting how many of us (women) are so into the mentality, 'we can do it just as good as the boys', yadda yadda yet allow ourselves to come right back down and be demoted to shit like this (look at the above picture).

Now you may ask, but Black Girl Into Heavy Metal, those are just two attractive powerful women in metal bands posing for a 'prestigious' title that was granted to them. My response is fuck that. Why don't they have a sexiest men in metal issue. Why is this? Because its a male dominated, super machismo, who's balls are bigger type of music genre-lets just be honest. I would be the first to formulate a list of who I think could make the sexiest men in metal as well as have them pose in tight leather pants doused in baby oil-thats beside the point. The point is that-how can we want to be treated equal yet we still cater to that male driven bullshit theory that women are ONLY supposed to be these sexual, ethereal, nonthreatening divas? And if we are even a tad bit intimidating we scare the hell out of men. For example bands like The Agonist or Vision of Atlantis v.s bands like Otep and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Mind you, these bands all are different genres). I think generally there seems to be an appeal for a female presence in metal but many men cannot decide if they want women to sort of be these beautiful singing objects that are nice to look at but barely tolerable to listen to or if they want a tough women who can play an instrument and scream like the guys yet at the risk of their sexual appeal. Only one woman (in my opinion) has been able to be taken seriously as well as be powerful and sexy-Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy. Even with a lot of symphonic metal bands like Nightwish (Yes, I'm going to rag on Nightwish even if they have won some awards-they still aren't' taken seriously because at the end of the day when people speak of great metal bands none of them are female fronted. Sad but true) the girls are always a bit whimsical and uber soft. Mind you, I'm not saying women in 'tougher' brands of metal aren't considered beautiful but they aren't the type of women to end up in just their skimpees on the covers of these magazines because conventionally they aren't beautiful. Beautiful is demure and safe=nonthreatening.

What man is going to take a woman seriously in a plaid miniskirt and a corset with her boobs hanging out *coughInThisMomentcough* no matter how good she sounds. I just think women who are tougher that don't dress like sluts are respected a tad more than the run of the mill heavy metal chick. They might not get as much attention for obvious reasons but attention=/= reputation? I'm all for wanting to feel sexy in a hot outfit every once in a while but I think power, intimidation, maybe even fear can be extremely sexy.

I know that certain types of metal are supposed to portray a different look but I just find it interesting that the girls that do make the issue are in cookie cutter safe corporate bands that are mostly talentless. Maybe I'm just looking at it the wrong way.



Thursday, January 1, 2009

Flavor of The Week:Wrust

As long as I have a few readers, I'll use it as a way to promote bands that I enjoy or that I think you should be aware of. The current flavor of the week is a death metal band called Wrust. This band hails from Botswana, Africa and just released their full length album Soulless Machine in 2007 on Witchdoctor records. Check em' out if you like a grittier sound with harsh vocals. A good band from the slowly emerging African metal scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPz5p4x2Qis (Video for single 'Kill or Be Killed')