Sunday, June 11, 2006

Black Emo

Black Emo

So I’m working on this mix for a homie, lover, friend of that straight up emotional no bullshit I’m feeling like crap on a cracker type shit. I’m talking about 70’s British gay boys killing themselves, and Patron Saints of empty promises and bottles. You know, that shit that white boys be killing. I got a friend that only listens to whiny white boys with guitars and I admit to being a sometimes aficionado. I mean I’m still searching out all those Van Morrison tracks that sound like “It stoned me”. I think there’s something to be learned from these whiny white boys. It’s like they have totally lost the notion of giving a fuck. Not in that screw society way, but more like they’re not caring what people think about them. They’re the kids that skin their knees on the playground and instead of laughing it off, or at least having the common deny to go into the bathroom to hide their pain, they howl for hours on end I the middle of the playground of popular culture going “Look, I’m in fucking pain! Help me!”

Anyway, so I’m working on this mix and I just have to go to those uncomfortable places and I ask “Where is the black Emo music?” Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the Incredible Moses Leroy, and that Cee-Lo Danger Mouse “Crazy” shit is off the chain, though for those of you that have only heard the single, you need to be hitting up the cd. “Just a thought” is really what motivated this post. I’m asking about a cultural space of black emoticons that don’t worry about being savvy. True, we have soul. But one thing I both love and hate about soul, neo-soul, classic soul, whatever the fuck has the soul moniker on it, is its refinement. I don’t trust the spell checked love letter, but that might just be me. Sometimes I like hearing the rough edges between the instrument and the singers voice. Like that Lauryn Hill unplugged album. I mean if the sun is shining and I’m happy, then there is no way I’m putting that album on. But if I’ve got a cold, just came home from work, and just realized a baby could’ve born since the last time I got some play, then that album is exactly what I need. I know it kind of sounds like a diss, but its not, really. I’m not afraid to admit I’ve got a range of emotions, and sometimes I’m depressed as all hell and need music that corresponds to that. If it can come from black people then I feel a little less alone. I mean for real are love and lost the only emotions we get to sing about? Seems like the black soul got pigeon holed into a Freudian bowl filled with Thanatos and Eros, gotta be more than what the Euros are putting out, ya feel me? Sorry had to go to rhyme for a second.

So I’m looking for black Emo Music. That unstylized, uncomfortable musical non-genre generated by those of negrodial descent that laments itself. Give a link and you’ll get a thanks. You want a cd, send an e-mail to and I’ll send you an address. In return you’ll get a gang of our lovely stickers. More soon

P.S. Here’s what made it to the Emo cd

1.Cypress ave.- Van Morrison

2. I don’t think I’ll ever get over you- Colin Hay

3. Mad World- Jules verne (I know that’s not his name but I don’t feel like looking it up)

4. Nobody’s fault but mine-Nina Simone

5.Driving (Acoustic mix)-Everything but the girl

6. Rags and old iron-Nina Simone

7. Country robot/letter to Dorothy-Incredible Moses Leroy

8. Just a thought-Gnarles barkley

9. Things behind the sun- Nick Drake

10. Maybe Not-Cat Power

11. Song cry-Jay-z and the roots

12. The Chain-Fleetwood mac

13 Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis-Tom Waits

14. Trouble Me-10000 maniacs

15. Girls room-Liz Phair


Blogger -S.V.M.K. said...

You know Mike Patton is touring with Gnarles Barkley?

12:37 AM  
Blogger afrogeek said...

Yes I do with his new fusion what the fuck crew. I wonder who is going to be travelling with him?

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay... jules verne?!? lol aint he a writer.
anyways I think its gary jules.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try Purple Popcorn, now thats black emo!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, wow I hope you guys know that we ( black emo/oreo's/whatever you wanna call it) eat this stuff up. you guys (regular black people) are so closed minded about everything. I personally love the negative attention and looks I get from black kids at my school, I love how jealous they get because we know they'll be stuck in they're little hip hop society box forever, have fun.

1:10 PM  
Blogger afrogeek said...

Buddy you are so confused its kind of scary. I love the little black emo kids. Read closely, I was bigging up all the little whiny white boys with their acoustic guitars and sentimentality. Black kids that do it are even sweeter in my book.

Jesus, do people stroll the internet just looking to get into shit?

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with him, but not totally, if he took whiny out of his litrtle blog, maybe that kid wouldnt laugh at black kids. Im black and im not trapped in a "hip hop box" as a matter of fact, i love rock, pop, etc alternative and im even dating a white boy! Now, how bout that?

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a friend who's a "black emo" i'm a mexican emo and its a great life, nice topic man, most i can say is the overplayed gymclass heroes, or tey citizen cope they're somewhat rap and somewhat emo

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well ok. im a black emo, and ya i listn to some of those songs.. but i grew up in illinios all around black people, and i still turned out to be emo. i live in califonia now though so like i get kinda accepted more, but there are alot more of us than u think...

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well ya im black emo but the only problm is that i get called a chav just becz im black wen im nt evn a chav.Iv never been a fan of r&b or hip hop or wateva buh stil do nt get seen as a emo but as a chav. evrywhre i go hre in the UK being black = Chav .And ya thre are alot of black emos out thre , buh lik me they re scared 2 cme out bcz of the way ppl will react to tht .No1 knws im emo evn tho i act as 1 bcz its all covered up by BLACK = CHAV ! i hate it! nd i HATE CHAVS!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im A Black Emo Theres Loads Where I Live Now And WE All Probally grew up listening to soul rap hip hop crunk all that and we Always Are

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well am a black emo i n its so hard 2 come out were i live as one in THE UK cus its tru they think all black pple are chav i hate bein called a chav n i hate them BLACK DONT=CAHV

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey im a black emo girl too and it doesnt show because im scared. when im alone i start listening to all these rock ,heavey metal and screamo music like i love it its so esay to relate to . but im a poser because anytime im near black kids i act all fake like a typical black girl who yells alot and gives adittude and also my frds always make fun of emos so its so hard for me to come out and say that im a black emo and i love screamo. i cry alot because i dont really feel that i belong anywhere and im in the wrong person like my dad and sister said. i dont listen to hip hop or r&b and the only hip hop artist i actually know is kanye west but i dont listen to him. i just tryed to listening to him . the only person who knows im emo is my close frd and cousin and my broher and sister who dont accept it .everyday im trying to look for some hip hop artist or r&b artist to like but it just doesnt intrest me and i guess i am who i am and im emo and one day ill hopfully find my confidence and say i love all these bands and style but for now im just trying to figure out if im wrong or right . thx afrogeek for writing this and making it a topic because this is the first time i told anyone or anything hehe.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what i am. Iam black/puerto rican,don't get me wrong. I'm proud of it, but l love all music even hard metal and rockbands.i listen to anything that gets me into it.there is at least 1 song that will get me liking that genre.but with emo i can kinda relate.sometimes i get so sad or angry at stupid stuff.l know everyone has problems but mine are hard for me. i play the guitar and dress with t-shirts of afi.but i still listen to don omar and daddy yankee with soulja boy and beyonce. on the other hand i luv fob,p!atd,afi, and i have my share problems being a kinda black/puerto rican hiphop alternatvie emo girl in chicago

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im black and im emo i love listening to paramore,3days grace,panic! at the disco,Fall out boy linkin parn and any more. my "friends" don't know but my emo frinds think i am. im proud to be emo and i hope one doay i can tell my other friend and family

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a black emo gal..... im livin in the uk i find it hard cos i hav seen sum peeps who r emo. but dont accept black peeps bein emo????

i find it so fukin hard to be accepted.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, these post were made for me. Yes, i'm black and probably a poser. If i'm infront of people I act fake (comparing who I really am), not just around other black people but whites too. Seeing tha tthey think of me as being white, and ask me if I consider my self white, which I don't. But, is there a such thing as acting black and white? I mean didn't black people event the first form of rock music, and if they didnt does it matter. Alot of people from all races, nationalities ect, listen to hip-hop and rap which isn't a big problem.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes i also am probably one of the poser black emo's because it's so hard to tell people at my school and my family tat im and emo. the only people that know are my 2 cousins who are black emos. its really hard to come out in school because i go to a private school and i live in boston. i have never seen any emo black kids other than my cousins and i jus cant wait to get accepted into college so i can start a new life and can start out being known as an emo... hopefully i get into college in california with my cousins so it will be easier for me to come out because i will be with my cousins.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a black emo too :3 yay im not alone xD

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a black scene emo girl in the uk! and i like the way i am :3 i love going around in school and having people stare at me cause i dont give a damn and it makes me laugh to wonder what they think >.< a chav even said i was scared though she may be i better watch ma back xD haha

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a somali emo and ive never seen anyone like me just really addicted to the emo scene and music cant find any emo's where i live though lol

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey uhm im a mixed emo kid i like job for a cowboy underoath suicide silence darkest hour the devil wears prada i wrestled a bear once enter shikari- ect... and yes there are many black people who like metal death metal grindcore deathcore ect... but yah only open minded ppl really can accept what we are and those who accept us lol hit me up on my myspace

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone. Im a black emo girl and my friends calls me multi-genre. I love metal and rock. yeah people look at me, mostly, but i just shake it off. I have white emo friends and the accept me.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm im Somali aswel!..Im differently not stuck in the 'hip hop box'(WELL I KIND OF LEFT IT ),Well,i wouldnt call myself emo.wouldnt label myself so lets just stick to me.Anywayz it sucks because i go 2 skool in east london .stratford. and they just call me random .also im labelled the same as two wanna be emos who dont listen to rock n dnt like black. in my school it just not right.Nd the guys think ive got sumthing rong wid me because i dont like them touching me like hugs n stuff every time u see them ur expect to hug em.And to make me stand out more im 5 foot 8 15 year amongs 4 feet 15 year old girls..

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey im a black emo boy n im lovn every minute of it some think its a gay thing but who cares i already came out ,that im emo and ALL of my freinds and family think i dont to be black because i got an emo hair cut and HATE R&B AND RAP.But i dont care i LOVE Paramore**PWTEE'S**FOB**P!ATD**MY/CR**AAR'S^.^

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm look at some of these comments and wondering to myself,what planet do you live on. It doesn't matter what race you are, who you are dating, you can be who you want to be.Stop labeling things as black and white.......someone can like hiphop or metal and be of any race.Don't hate on anyone for liking what they like.You are not better than anyone. You don't have to love or hate but at least respect it.If people stare at you at them.Whatever people want to call you.You know who you are as a person.People are always going to talk about you,no matter who you are,so stop complaining online about it.Don't disrespect your culture to be anything,that is first.There will always be racism.Its not first time in your life to find racism especially on internet.Its rare to see in emo that are black in real life where I'm from,which is in Brooklyn.

Live your own truth!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i'm a black emo kid too! can't believe there are so many of you like me! howver, i also feel a strange attraction to the rnb genre, is anyone interested in creating a new niche band that deals in the fusion of emo and rnb music? if you're interested drop me a line at

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMFG!!! I am loving the concept you have put on the table for us afroemo generation. Im feeling a new and exciting genre could be created and could reach a widespread target audience. Peace out and down with the sickness homie!

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhh im not emo really but i like screamo/emo music and im black. white kids dont seem to care but i dont really tell any black kids. lol they will just laugh but i dress like converses blue jeans band shirt with dreads. not really "emo" but i have been called emo by my friends as a joke.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there my Black emo friends! Im white, but not emo, im just into Screamo/post-hardcore and Metalcore bands. Its kind of music i cant live without. Let me give you all some advice. If you really wanna be emo kids so do it no matter what other people say or think about it. There's alot of white rappers so why you cant be Black emos. Go 'head! Dont let the stereotypes get you

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been one before any of you young bloods have been and i've stood up for you all and even held rallys. to think your alone is stupid now a days but back then no one was ever accepted glad to see that time are indeed changing. if you wanna see me go to thats me add me if u have it.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous **Infestedscars** said...

DUUUDES,....hey,im a black guys from a small little island called seychelles and i love mostly rock/metal music but here its not bout emo or whatever, just saying your a rocker will get people to bullsh*t you, neways,if you wana be emo and your black then what the hey, it, right now we got sum emo/punk and metal bands with black and white guys emerging, so soon enough theres goin to be a real black emo/screamo band coming to s/a,europe and then the world...hehe, if you guys wana chat or share bands,talk bout music then add me on hotmail, cheers

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy SHIT! No offense to those who have posted, especially those that I'm about to address, but seriously, some of you are acting like you're telling your parents you're gay/transgender/etc! Okay, you're Emo, so what? I honestly don't think they give that much of a damn. It's just a fashion style, not a lifestyle or sexuality. You could even add, "Hey, at least I'm not gay, right?" at the end of your "talk" (and I don't think it should matter either way, but, hey, some people are still living in a world where it is somehow psychologically and physiologically abnormal and wrong for people to be non-heterosexual despite scientific evidence to the contrary).

Anyway, my point is...well...actually I guess my point is that you're emo...I guess.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take that back, it is a lifestyle, but it's not like you're addicted to crystal meth or something bad, you just prefer a different kind of music.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!! bitchez call me and fkin oreo cause im not all up in their godam face! im not like that but mess with me and i will kick ur ass. anyway, i tried the emo thing when i was trying 2 find myself... not emo any more! i found my true calling RETRO!!!!! i luv out-o-tune clothing that look different so if u cant handle it go fuck ur self! btw: im 12/5 haha bitchez

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So , I'm black & emo . I think that when you state a comment sayinq ' black people ' you should really think about how many black people there are in the world like come on dude . I have snack bits , tease my hair , wear tight ass skinny jeans , random ass hell and plus i'm gay ( not sure if that has anything to do with it lol ) just like most white emo kids or whoever is emo . So yeah that was kinda offensive

3:00 PM  
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9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf did i just hear about an emo somali lol i'm a skater somali best
in london i am

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was juss wondering if its possible i can BE emo & YET LES..? or would ppl juss call me white washed?

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say As A Black American Myself I do not close myself to different types of music,I am very open minded I have friends that are Labeled as "emo" "skater" "Punk" and I have African American friends no most of them are closed off to Rap and Hiphop even my Black friends,(no they are not Black EMO) if there is such a thing I beilive that people shouldn't say that All Black People do one thing because we are NOT all Alike some of us are very open-mminded and have intelligence not to get gold in our mouths and shoot each other for repping a Different color...stupid isn't it?

11:28 AM  
Blogger blacklippaint said...

what the fuck is up with you people for fuck sake when did being tagged emo become a good thing is this some help group for emos anoymous it's just clothes make-up and music it's not like some ungerground illegal cult where if found your an emo you get stoned. i'm not anti-emo but being called an emo is an insult trust me i'm from camden in london the home of alternative music and i'm a altern kid but there are loads of emos' black white asian it's just a trend like being a trendy or a chav and oh yeah if you get called a chav it's because you are a chav and you can NEVER escape your chavvy roots so shame. i'm black and i have NEVER been called a chav in my life. you can't just 'become' an emo you have to always have that fuck you world attitude there is nothing worse than a wanabe-emo. oh yeah tip in life if you want to get beat up please continue calling yourself an emo. these comments were so funny to read though thx for the laugh there should be a emo anonymous i would pay to come and watch that

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a black emo too, and its hard to get accepted. my brother doesnt like it because im not into rap and stuff, and my mom mistakes it as goth. i get bullied at school too. and im younger than most of you, about to be 12. theres nothing to be ashamed of about being emo- i am who i am, if you dont like it, then screw you and go away. i used to be a preppy girl in fifth grade, but then i found this band called black veil brides. i listed to their song knives and pens, and it truley changed my life. i quit cheerleading, and got rid of everything in my past, and it made me who i am today. im just glad there are others out there like me :)

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes finally... i thought i was the only one... there are more black emos out there..... u know we could start some kind of movement... like the afroemo movement or something along those lines..... :)

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Quin said...

Ugh -__- I think it's so stupid how some people are saying they're afraid to "come out" I doubt most black parents even know what emo is. I know my parents though. If people don't like your lifestyle then screw them. Quit worrying about the looks and words and just rock it out. I'm black/puerto rican and emo btw c:

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a lite-skinned black girl and im emo. i listen to Slipknot, MCR, Paramore(Paramore is more scene but who cares)and i luv the music. its like the only thing that almost makes life worth living.i also self harm and cry like evryday.but im having problems being accepted into the crowd of people that hate me so much i dont know y but they just do. when i need to get my feelings out i either write a poem or cut myself. but i dont care what people think of me. the world could burn in hell for all i care.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Roxy said...

I'm a black girl (well, mixed with black white and native american and possibly dominican) and people are always trying to tell me that i'm not emo when I am. There's no problem with black people being emo. I happen to be dating a guy who is emo and he is black, white, dominican, puerto rican, japanese and chinese and he's amazing. my close friends agree that emo's don't just have to be white people :]

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg I just saw another comment saying I'm a somali emo well....... So am I but I don't tell anyone and I thought I was the only one coz of religous reasons, this makes me feel much better and I'm also into the emo theme and I like black emo gurls and currently going out wiv one

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a somali emo and I thought I was the only one but I'm so glad to know there are other somali emos and my parents would literally kill me if they knew I was emo even tho I'm not gay and I like emo gurls both black or white and.....everything inbetween hehe. I love alternate music and my fav band is 'we the kings' and 'you me at six'

5:23 PM  

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