Monday, November 06, 2006

Just doing a little homework, no gold stars needed! (Have you done yours?)

So I watched Afropunk and wanted to write some of what I saw and my thoughts. But mainly just to keep the topic alive. This is not that what I think is all that important but just that after some trial and error I was able to follow through and watch this. When a black person in your community asks you to do something it's important to do it. And make no mistake, we have been asked.

The DVD is available for rent through Movie Madness on Belmont in Portland, OR.

Watching it with a person of African heritage who did not grow up in the United States would be different than watching it with a person of African heritage who did grow up in the United States. This is a quiz question. Why would it make a difference?

That's for you to ponder.

Well, the highlights for me were watching the stories of the black people who discovered punk--much to their own delight--and how it was a place to fit in and a place to show themselves (anger and all) and a place to understand and connect directly with their own African ancestry. There was some struggle to be the only black person in their immediate surroundings and also it was an issue raised to unite as black people in the scene.

Right off there was this understanding that no white person in the punk scene would understand what it meant to be black in that scene. Yet later in the movie, the humor and closeness between punkers white and black shone through. I loved following through the interviews and getting to know each person on a continuum.

The obvious? Wasn't so obvious until it was spelled out for me. Punk music is African!

One more time white folks beg borrow or steal some such. Damn!

There was an advocacy to promote black punk bands.


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