New album from The Tuts – “Update Your Brain”

Following on the heels of several previous singles and EPs, @thetuts have finally given us a full-length album – Update Your Brain. This LP does NOT disappoint; It is the same high-powered punk pop you’ve come to expect (and love!) from this band. The album’s sound is sleek and polished, and grrl power oozes on every single track.

A couple of old faves have been re-recorded for the new album (”Dump Your Boyfriend” and “I Call You Up”), and they mix in well with all of the new songs like “1982″ and “Let Go Of The Past”. Full warning – this album will have you dancing and will also leave you wanting more. Pick it up today!

Get Update Your Brain: Bandcamp

Black Women in Active Alternative Bands (via diningwithdana)


Black Women in Active Alternative Bands. Ft. Straight Line Stitch, Light Asylum, Bleed the Pigs, The Objex and Skunk Anansie.

News Article: “Film. The Legendary Betty Davis Gets the Biopic Treatment with ‘Nasty Gal.’”


Film. The Legendary Betty Davis Gets the Biopic Treatment with ‘Nasty Gal.’

X-Ray Spex | Poly Styrene



X-Ray Spex at the Rock Against Racism festival. Victoria Park, London. April 30th 1978. Photos by David Corio.

Now thats a fucking look.

Libby Hodges


LIBBY HODGES – I have been a punk since the Summer of 1982, learning about bands such as Dead Kennedys, Plasmatics, and the all Black punk band Pure Hell. That helped me out a lot with my parents because they kept saying Black kids do not listen to this music or dress like that. They and I did not know at that the punk distinctive dress (leather, jackets, shaved heads, combat boots) was borrowed from Black/Caribbean dock rockers better known as the rude boys of England back in the 1960s, a/k/a the teddy boys or original skinheads. My dad who was an American who played Reggae/Calypso music in St. Louis, MO down on Gas Light Square also borrowed the rude boys dress code. Later on he became a Black Muslim but kept the rude boy dress code. Even today in his seventies he still wears the combat boots, cuffed jeans and a t-shirt. When I adopted the dress for myself my friends always commented, “your dad dresses like a punk but acts like a nerd.” In reality we were dressing like him and were too young and uneducated about history and the world to see the connection. I was a band in St. Louis called Girl Trash. The members were Jill Rossman, lead guitar, Lisa Anzalone-bass, Donalda Hodges-guitar/vocals, Libby Hodges-lead vocals and back up vocals, drummer unknown (I do not remember her name, only that she left St. Louis to play with another band in Chicago), Julie Kerry- keyboards/lyrics, Robin Kerry-lyrics, guest vocals. We played from 1987 to 1989. Julie Kerry and Robin Kerry were both raped and killed.. After Julie and Robin were killed I completely gave up music myself and turned instead to writing vampire novels. I really enjoyed playing in this band and it would be great to find the rest of the living members. (Libby Hodges, [New Entry 11/28/06]

The Brother Moves On


The Brother Moves On- South African Punk Band

Lead Singer- Siya from The Brother Moves On

#RIP Nkululeko Mthembu

New Bloods


Magic Johnson and New Bloods, Portland Oregon circa 2005-2008

While I was a mere teen in surburban deep south USA, I was angry. I turned to punk because it made the most sense to me, lyric wise and musically- it was aggressive and critical. However, those who introduced me to punk and the punk I was introduced to looked like my environment, white. Finding out about these QPOC bands, along with the classic poc hardcore bands made me feel comfortable with what I thought and what I liked.

Yeah I’m pretty much about to reblog everything from @punkintheafricandiaspora and not be sorry one bit.

Toni Young – Red-C




Toni Young, Red C bassist

Can I get more info on her?

Toni was part of DC’s legendary 70’s/80’s hardcore scene. She played in three bands, (Peer Pressure, Red C & Dove), before dying of pneumonia in the mid 80’s.

Haven’t seen any pictures of her besides the one on the Flex Your Head compilation, so this is awesome. @blackrockandrollmusic always on point

Joyce Rooks


Joyce Rooks, Guitarist, San Diego Punk, San Diego, California- Reed was in San Diego’s first punk band- The Penetrators. From there she played lead guitar in bands such as the Cockpits, Dinettes, and The Trowsers- she is also an acclaimed cellist and glass jewelry designer- check out this dope interview with her here-

“black women were created of brown sugar and warm honey. the sweetest thing to bless the earth. be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise.” ― alexandra elle.


“black women were created of brown sugar and warm honey. the sweetest thing to bless the earth. be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise.” ― alexandra elle.


This was popularized by the 1930s sitcom Amos ‘n’ Andy. While this show was based around a historic black community, their use of the “angry black woman” stereotype was created by white men, as they were the only ones behind the making of the show. Unsurprisingly, this was not the only time this stereotype was used in television shows and developed by non-black writers.


While some may see this stereotype as a laughing matter, it’s become a serious problem for black women who simply want to be able to express themselves. This stereotype removes black women’s rights to voice their opinions with the respect they deserve.

Although some people may see this stereotype as not being around, women such as Nicki Minaj, Leslie Jones, and Beyoncé would disagree, as it has effected them (and more black women) all in the latest year. The most recent (famous) victim of this is Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei. Because of how insane it is, this case is the perfect one to highlight on this article, as it perfectly portrays just how far people will go to paint black women as angry for their own benefit.

It should come as no surprise that Kordei has faced racism for the entire four years of the group’s existence. This discrimination however, got even more out of hand within this past year. Around the time that Kordei released two dance videos and the news of her group member’s (Camila Cabello) solo career got out, Cabello’s fans in particular began harshly criticizing Kordei by referring to her as “shady” and “a diva.” There was no valid reason behind their claims, as she hadn’t done anything that could be described by either of those words, yet one of their excuses was that she “retweeted too many compliments about herself.”

Their microaggressive behavior only progressed as Cabello started receiving criticism (for multiple reasons) and as Kordei started began receiving more praise and recognition. This behavior included body shaming and slut shaming, claiming that she had no talent, making false claims about her character, sending her death threats, and attacking her with extremely direct racism. Most recently, their anger stems from Kordei referring to her group mate, Cabello, as “cute and quirky.” How this makes sense, no one is sure, but their behavior has gone so far that Kordei is now on a break from social media.

Kordei has always spoken up about the racism she’s received, yet Cabello’s fans have always dismissed this and continued labeling her as a diva. She still faces criticism from these fans, who refer to her as “weak” and “attention seeking” for taking a social media break.

Unfortunately, these fans are not alone in painting her as the “angry black women.” Nylon Magazine had said that Kordei had “inadvertently let her true feelings about Cabello slip,” implying that she had said something negative about her group mate. Perez Hilton had referred to Kordei’s words on Cabello as a “diss.” Inquisitr had said that Kordei “shaded” and “burned” Cabello, and made it a point to depict her as a “shade queen.” J-14 wrote two articles focusing on how Kordei had thrown “shade” at Cabello and even said that they “under[stood] why Harmonizers were upset.” HollywireTV deleted a video covering the story where they misleadingly painted Kordei as the villain, to then upload a video that ended up skipping over the discrimination she gets and even managed to victimize Cabello instead (let it be known that the host of the show also once claimed that she never saw Kordei receive hate). It should also be re-stated that these headlines and quotes were all responses to Kordei calling her group mate “cute and quirky.”

While there are more articles antagonizing Kordei (many of them praising Cabello for her “defense speech”), very few have managed to properly address the situation.


A big influence on this stereotype is the media’s portrayal of black women. The writers of these articles need to re-evaluate their racial bias. Another influence is the reactions people outside of the media hold, and in that case they also need to re-evaluate their racial bias and take black women more seriously.

In the particular case concerning Normani Kordei, there are actions you can take to make her social media experience easier upon her return. You can spread this Blavity article instead of other biased ones, as it accurately depicts Kordei and the situation at hand. You can also report and block the following Twitter accounts, as they have contributed to the racism and microaggression against her for a long time (many have shown this behavior toward other members of Fifth Harmony as well):

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We stand with you, Normani.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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“…& don’t you forget it!”


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