Heavy Culture: Rock Musicians on What It Means to Be Black in America in 2020

Clockwise from Upper Left: Vincent Price, WIlliam DuVall, Cammie Gilbert, AJ Channer, Skin, Rasheed Thomas

Heavy Culture is a monthly column from journalist Liz Ramanand, focusing on artists of different cultural backgrounds in heavy music as they offer their perspectives on race, society, and more as it intersects with and affects their music. The latest installment of this column features multiple rock and metal musicians recounting their early experiences of racism.

The death of George Floyd while in police custody earlier this year has had a profound impact on the nation and the world. In recent months, people from all walks of life have joined together to protest injustice that Black Americans have been facing for ages.

In last month’s installment of “Heavy Culture”, several musicians of color shared their early experiences with racism. In this latest edition, a number of the same rock and metal artists discuss what being Black in America means to them in 2020.

Below are testimonials from Skin of Skunk Anansie; AJ Channer of Fire From the Gods; William DuVall of Alice in Chains; Rasheed Thomas of Nonpoint; Vincent Dennis (aka Vincent Price) of Body Count; and Cammie Gilbert of Oceans of Slumber.

Skin, Skunk Anansie

Skin of Skunk AnansieFire From the GodsWilliam DuVallVincent Dennis Body CountRasheed Thomas NonpointOceans of Slumber July 24, 2020

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