One of the things coming out of the audience survey (thanks to all who’ve completed it so far!) is that many of you want to see for more regional coverage here on Boldaslove.us. Based on that feedback, I put out a call for contributors and a great group of people responded. I’m happy to announce that you’ll start seeing dispatches from the following cities: Austin, TX; Atlanta; Oakland/The East Bay; as well as some additional coverage in the NYC area. And I'm still looking for folks in the Chicago, the DMV, and London. So, if you’re interested, please holla.
Anyway, without further ado, please meet:
Dominick Brady (ATL). This is Dominick writing in the third person. Dominick doesn't like writing in the third person so Dominick will make this short. Dominick is a freelance multi-platform journalist based in Atlanta, GA. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dominick enjoys music of all flavors, Rum Raisin ice cream and though provoking discussion. In this space Dominick hopes to help shine a light on Atlanta's oft overlooked Alt-urb, Afro-Punk and Fusion music scenes and the culture that surrounds it. Dominick now wishes to end this bio.
Earl Douglas (NYC). For the last year or so, Earl has been contributing posts to Boldaslove.us. He is the Executive Director of The Black Rock Coalition and has been a member since 1988. Earl was also a longtime producer at legendary station WNEW-FM and later with XM Satellite Radio. You can see him shooting pictures at BRC and most Black Rock shows!
Rana Emerson (NYC). Rana is the program coordinator for CUNY Central's College Now program, which works with the NYC Department of Education to offer college credit coursework to over 300 public high schools in the city. While in grad school in sociology she focused on race in mass media, popular culture and youth culture.
V. Marc Fort (Austin, TX). V. Marc Fort is a musician and writer based in Austin, TX. He publishes the arts blog http://blackswansongs.com/ and freelances as an arts critic-at-large for the Austin American-Statesman under the byline, V. M. Black. His journalism career began as a photojournalist working for The Denver Post and the Austin American-Statesman. His photos and articles have been featured in various magazines, blogs and newspapers, and have also been syndicated by the Associated Press. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Fort has performed in more than 10 rock bands including Norushi Minx, bo bud greene, The Fuckemos, Hidden Speaker and Schatzi. His bands have toured with and opened for various musical acts all across the States, including Superchunk, Jimmy Eat World, Desaparecidos, Lit, Everclear, All-American Rejects and Hilary Duff, to name a few.
Sierra McClain (Oakland/East Bay). A transplanted San Franciscan by way of her native Houston, Texas, Sierra comes to blogging and writing with her marketing and PR background in tow. A writer since childhood, her website, I Write. You Should Read., began as a personal blog in 2008, but quickly morphed into a platform for her music interviews and features. With her fingers on the pulse of the Black Rock scene, Sierra’s goal is to document the creative renaissance that is taking place off the beaten path.
Jennifer Williams (NYC). Jennifer Wiliams is a writer and professor who approaches literature, music, and visual culture from a black feminist perspective. She teaches and writes in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer blogs at Black Feminisms.
Black rock is a movement that's happening all over the country, not just in New York City. And thanks to these writers, we're all going to start hearing from the folks who are making it so!
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