Take a Cute Pill! Kawaii Makeup for dark skin + DIY ideas

Hey Fab Bats! It’s Frivolous Friday. Now, I like the word kawaii because of the way most people use it. They make it sound extravagant. There’s cute and then there’s frikin KAWAII. The very use of the word could be a whole post within itself… Linguistics aside, I flipped up a few makeup tutorials for those of you who want your black or brown skin to glow and glitter in all its cuteness…

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Zeal and Ardor: Slave Songs in Black Metal

“Django sacrifices a goat on stage while intimidating slave chants roar and screeching guitar riffs burn in the background. Then the rhythmic chain rattling evoking a satanic summoning makes way for the eerily familiar melodies of Norwegian black metal,” band Zeal and Ardor describe themselves on Bandcamp.  Although this is a succinct summary of their work, there is so much more to Zeal and Ardor

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Budget Bat: Dressing Goth when you can’t afford clothes

Hey Fab Bats! There are many videos on Youtube and blogs with tips on dressing goth for under 25 or 30 bucks. But some of you rabid readers, though you may have access to the internet, cannot afford to even buy the cheapest of gloomy garments. So here are some brief ideas:

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Horror, Goth and Black Bodies: Escape from Reality or Reflection of the Truth?

Popular media’s image of black men has had a significantly strong impact on our society. It poses a danger to these men, who are often shown as angry, aggressive, uncontrollable and consequently perceived as such. Jordan Peele’s Get Out challenges this. His use of aesthetics of unease and foreboding sound are elements deeply rooted in the goth subculture. Joshua Gunn’s text “Dark Admissions”1 could help to better explore the topic of gothic horror film Get Out as a new form of expression for black men. When does horror fiction and music subculture cross the line of the representation of black body terror from imaginary to fact?

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