Image: Christina & Courtney Long via blkgrlswurld
Christina Long founded BLKGRLSWURLD, a bi-annual zine “for heavy girls who love heavy music.”
Along with her siblings and co-founders, Courtney and William, Long has given a voice to a marginalized group within an already underground community. Whereas the 2003 film Afro-Punk was a somber study of blackness in the punk scene, BLKGRLSWURLD is a celebration of black womanhood in the same space.
“After a certain amount of time, you start to see there is someone out there like you,” she said. “It might take you awhile to find that person, but they’re there. That’s what’s nice about both zine-making and metal music.” - Christina Long
In the four years since its launch, BLKGRLSWURLD has sold an average of 500 copies per issue. It has been archived in libraries at MoMA PS1 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Long, who has a master’s in printmaking from the Art Institute of Chicago, travels to events like Punx of Color to sell issues and build community.
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