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Saturday, March 24 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Black Girls Rock, Thrash, and Grind!

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Mashadi Matabane, “‘All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave’: The Cultural Politics of Black Women Musicians with an ‘Axe’ to Grind”

Laina Dawes, “‘Black Metal is not for n@#$s, stupid b@#h!’: Black Female Metal Fans’ Inter/External Culture Clash”

Birgitta J. Johnson, “Women of the L.A. ‘Undergrind’: Female Artists Creating Alternatives to Mainstream Hip-hop’s Plastic Ceiling”

Moderator: Meagan Sylvester


Laina Dawes

Laina Dawes is the author of What Are You Doing Here? Black Women in Metal, Hardcore and Punk (Bazillion Points Books, May 2012). A music journalist, critic, and concert photographer, she writes for metal publications Exclaim! and Hellbound.ca, and is a contributing editor in the Race & Ethnicity section for Blogher.com. She resides in Toronto, Canada.   Abstract: | | "'Black Metal is not for n@#$s, stupid b@#h!': Black Female Metal... Read More →

Birgitta J. Johnson

Birgitta J. Johnson, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicology postdoctoral fellow in the Art & Music Histories Department at Syracuse University in New York. She specializes in African American and African music and her research interests include musical change and identity in black popular music and music and worship in African American churches.   Abstract: | | "Women of the L.A. 'Undergrind': Female Artists Creating Alternatives to Mainstream... Read More →

Mashadi Matabane

Mashadi Matabane received a BA in Women’s Studies from Spelman College and an MA in Magazine Journalism from NYU. She is a 5th-year doctoral fellow in American Studies at Emory University. Her dissertation is a cultural history about black American women who play the electric guitar in U.S. popular music.   Abstract: | | "'All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave': The Cultural Politics of Black... Read More →

Meagan Sylvester

Meagan Sylvester is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Her research addresses music and identity in Trinidad and Tobago, and her work on carnival musics and globalization has appeared in journals such as Caribbean Transit and In Focus, and in book volumes such as Anansi’s Defiant Webs…Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Greater Caribbean.

Saturday March 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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