This flyer has been posted on White supremacist websites. Hammered is a Neo Nazi music festival is running in its third year.They are planning a concert in Queensland Australia on 21st of April 2012 the day after Hitler’s birthday.Attending will be Australia’s own skinhead moment such as Hammerskins & Blood & Honour Australia.
This festival clearly violates Australia’s human right commission law on violating racial intolerance from a group.
it’s a sad reflection on Australia when even our Federal government and police claim they are powerless to stop this.
I urge Australians to not under estimate this group or look at it as just another music festival.This festival of hate seems to become more of an annual meeting seemingly the White Supremacy may have become more confident in Australia if the government allows this to continue.
This festival if it grows year by year will poison our community and cause tensions within our multicultural community.
It was September 2000,Sydney Olympics in Australia.I was sitting around waiting in the lounge room with my mom & brothers extra nervous waiting for my Aunt Cathy to appear on tv.At this time I couldn’t sit down it was nerve racking.Cathy was our last hope for a gold medal in the 200m final that night.The pressure was a lot to think about.
On a 2011 interview with Chealsea Lately in Sydney, Australia
Singer Rhianna was shocked by the lack of Black people she saw in Australia.
On tour she never made it to Darwin (north Australia) which has a larger population of black people than any other state in Australia.
A mystery as to where Black actually live in Australia or how many of them live here.As of now whenever you go to places such as Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne you only see a handful of blacks but it is now changed within the last 5 years also take in fact it’s common for Blacks in Australia to move around different states in Australia all the time.
Black Demographic of Australia is:
There isn’t a sizeable African American Community but with a US military base set to be in Australia there be more likely be noticeable African Americans in Darwin.
it was estimated around 100,000 African Americans in the military stationed here in Australia during WWII.
African Americans fall under these common categories in Australia:
US Military members
Gospel Church singers
Married to Australian citizens
Hispanics are estimated to be around 130,000 living in Australia.
The Chilean community is the largest Hispanic Latino minority in Australia, followed by El Salvadorians then Brazilians.
People may be surprised to hear there are Native Americans in Australia around 2,000 with a rough estimate of 500 in Queensland.
Bittersweet Journey of Archie Roach : Aboriginal Music Artist who plays refuses to be haunted by past
But he does think that as the dominant cultures are finding their societies growing less controllable and less humane, there are important things that can be learned from aboriginal society.
“For me, there’s always been a special feeling among my people and a sense of belonging. Wherever I’ve gone in Australia, I’ve been looked after, just because of the common bond of our heritage that we share.
“In it, each individual is important. In our society right across the board the two most important people are the youngest child and the oldest person. If we don’t ensure that the youngest child and oldest person are well, we aren’t living up to our responsibilities.
“We don’t have a monopoly on spirituality or a monopoly on loving, sharing and caring for one another. It’s just that I suppose we’ve been practicing it for a bit longer.”
Roach met his musician wife Ruby Hunter when they both were homeless and living on the street (he tells a bit of her story in the new song “From Paradise”). Since pulling their lives together, they have taken to practicing what they preach: They not only have two sons but are registered foster parents with three long-term foster children in their home and others whom they take on “while their parents sort out whatever problems they have.
“When things go wrong for you as a child, and you’re not treated as a child should be,” Roach said, “I know I tend to reach out to children so that they don’t get hurt.”
The importance of having a family, he added, helps him keep the bloatedly self-important music business in perspective. It also helps him shape his music. Though the new “Jamu Dreaming” album doesn’t shy away from uneasy issues, it is decidedly more upbeat than his first album, and he said one reason is that he had his family in the studio with him this time.
“It made things a lot easier. Otherwise in the studio, it’s always like you’re down in the bunker. There’s no sense of time or space. Sometimes it can be really demanding and hard work when you’re doing one song for most of the day. To have my family there, and have them singing on some of the songs, makes me realize what I’m singing about. To me, it never has been just getting up and singing a song. But when my family is there it really brings it home.”
Another thing marking the shift in tone between the albums, Roach said, is that “the first album was more about where I’ve been and the sort of life I had. This one is more about my life now and which direction I’m taking.”
The album’s “Love in the Morning” is one of the most ebullient tunes about lovemaking to pop up in years. As opposed to such sleazeball horizontal hits as “Afternoon Delight,” the song has a truly celebratory air, with his wife’s carefree laugh and Roach’s mid-song declaration that “it’s a spiritual thing.”
“We once split up for a while because of the problems we had,” Roach said, “but we came back. For most couples love goes beyond a physical attraction, but it took me a while, because I was drinking and that, for it to become more than a physical thing for me.”
The polar opposite of that song, and the album’s darkest moment, is “Walking Into Doors.” It’s about spousal abuse, and Roach said “it’s a lesson I had to learn myself.
“I got that (title) from a poster against domestic violence I saw in a health clinic. In it there’s this sister sitting on a couch, all busted up bad, and she’s thinking to herself: ‘I’ll just have to tell the doctor I walked into a door again.’
The violence “happens when you’re out of work and spending 24 hours a day with all the frustrations and burdens of the bloody world on your shoulders and you don’t know what to do, and there’s no one else there to have a go at except your missus. We men may never know why we’re that way, but it’s just got to stop,” Roach said.
A great many of Roach’s songs focus on children. To him they’re not just symbols of purity and hope but the living embodiment of those qualities. The most poignant song on “Jamu Dreaming” is “Mr. T,” with its simple lyrics about a special moment rarely marked in songs:
The first time I saw my baby begin to walk,
It made me look. Now he can talk,
And the last time I phoned my baby it made him cry,
And it made me cry. Now I know why,
‘Cause he’s starting to understand the meaning of love
– LA Times ,1993
“Where can I find a good black barbershop in australia?” is the first question African American people think of when they arrive in Australia .
In Australia there seems to be a mystery as to where black people get they’re hair did.
But many people assume since we are multicultural society there is no need for Black saloons In Australia. But I disagree because mainstream Australia doesnt understand dealing with black hairstyles,textures and colouring.
This resulted in me ordering haircare products online and doing my own hair or studying hairstyles from magazines.Which is fine after awhile but nothing beats wisdom from a hair stylist who has years of profession.I want to look like Beyonce too !
Changing demographics of Australia in recent years has seen African Americans,Afro Brazilians,Cubans and Afro everything coming to our shores. Many people still believe just because you only seen 3 and half black people in your local town means that you won’t make enough money in a black barbershop in Australia.I can’t disagree more.How many times have I heard blacks say they cannot find a person to to help maintain their dreads?!Or someone who can colour hair that’s suits a dark skin tone or even deal with kinky hair altogether.
I believe Australia has a great market for catering to the Black community but let’s not forget Polynesians and Melanesians would benefit.African American culture heavily influences young Australians particularly Indigenous youths.Id love to go in a saloon and go to a stylist who can give me great advice on haircare and understands black hairstyles.
I aspire to own my own black beauty franchise in Australia someday in the future it’s a dream of mine I want to open the doors for the Black Haircare industry in Oz a little more.