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“People Like Me!” – Growing Up As A Black Punk/Indie/Emo Kid In The UK

Growing up, many Black alternative fans felt like the only one, and that didn’t always change once reaching adulthood.

Despite being connected now more than ever, being a Black alt fan in alt spaces can still be an isolating experience. 

I spoke with alt fan Tenneil (she/her), indie afro-pop musician ELI, and Not OK Club founder Yanaboth (they/them).

We discussed growing up in London, discovery through Kerrang, the importance of other Black alt friends, and how a dream birthday party started a string of Not OK Club’s emo events for queer people of colour.