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Unlocking the Truth: Black teen boys new face of heavy metal

Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.


  1. sugarbutterbean on July 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    this is sad why would we want our kids to be in a music industry they were never welcome to be in jimmy hendrix was the only black man ever welcomed in the rock world , and this article is a waste of paper .. this aint no epidemic its an outrage our kids need to be learning about racisme and black history … its just as bad as pushing basket ball dreams on somekid who chances are making it as good as a camel going through the eye of aneedle . period

    • bah bah black sheep on July 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I understand where you are coming from, They need a solid understanding of their history and how that ties into who they are as individuals. but you gotta think a bit bigger than that. I rather these kids doing an art like music, than perpetuating the crap that they sell us in main stream hip hop.

      and they got signed by Sony. So lets be supportive of positive young men doing something noteworthy.

    • Lyric on July 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Why is it sad that these young African American kids are exploring other music genres other that rap and R&B?? Who cares where the music came from or who started what? That’s what’s wrong with Americans and humans in general. Because Caucasians invented the car should we not drive it in? I TOTALLY commend these young boys and encourage them to keep growing and exploring and never listen to ignorant people like you!