12 year old black kids throw middle finger to stereotypes

UTL21Unlocking the truth… Malcom Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins are 2 very normal 12 year olds, with 2 very normal upbringings. On the surface, it all looks perfectly normal —-on the surface! But underneath bubbles an extraordinary desire and true to the old adage, looks really are deceiving.

Malcom and Jarad are the youngest heavy metal musicians ever known to the media and just in case you didn’t notice — they’re black. Now, as you may suspect, I am no expert in the field of heavy metal, so lets just say my understanding of this genre is slightly non existent limited. Well to be fair, I once had a neighbour who very kindly taught me about the subject through clearly audible walls (bless him!), and from listening to  these boys, I’d say this is pretty much the real dang deal. Unlocking the truth haul their instruments to Manhattan and rock their sixth-grade selves out in front of total strangers in one of the most public places on earth. Now, I consider myself to be an openminded person so now lets address the elephant in the room here. Is it me or does this all seem kind of bizarre?

I personally believe that it would be less controversial to see a pair of black, inner-city, preteens try their hand at traditional celtic opera, before venturing into the alternative genre Heavy Metal.

But upon dismounting from my horse (gosh she’s high) I remind myself, everybody has their own unique path to walk, and really, I should be commending Michael and Jarad who despite being the subject of bullying,  have bravely asserted their right to individualism and walked in the direction of their dreams. There’s always a brave few that travel off the beaten path paving the way for others to come through, and Michael and Jarad are  truly a walking example of what they mean when they say… Be – Your – Self.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/68177758″>Unlocking The Truth – Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/avantgardediaries”>The Avant/Garde Diaries</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


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  1. Pingback: Avant Garde Diaries: Unlocking The Truth with Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins | healthyheartworks

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