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Institute of Contemporary Art

118 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Six guest panelists kick off the inaugural #Blkgrlswurld Punk Fest & Zine Fair!

The panelists will discuss their personal journeys as black and brown youth in underground music and their relationships to music as self-expression. Moderated by #Blkgrlswurld ZINE’s Senior Editor Courtney Long, the discussion will also explore the cultural implications of punk music made for and by marginalized communities and the future of this punk scene.


Ola Ronke – Founder of the Free Black Women’s Library


Will Cooper – Writer for VICE, the Wall Street Journal, T Magazine and host of programs on networks including VICELAND and HBO.


Laina Dawes – Music journalist and author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal


Scout Eleana – Philadelphia-based live music organizer and founder of Break Free Fest


Von Phoenix – Co-founder of PUNK BLACK, an Atlanta-based media network for Alt-PoC


Chris Terry – Author of Black Card


This program has been generously awarded a Visiting Artists Grant through the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

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