He admits to liking heavy metal, headbanging music. Santos has been listening to this blasting sound since he was eight years old. He first heard it while playing video games on his PlayStation. He remains a fan.
“When I listen to it, it gives me peace so I listen to it every day,” says Santos, who goes to Dorchester Academy.
While many teens are known to tune into rap or pop, there exists a small underground of headbanging devotees.
Marcus Wade, 18, is one of them.
“It actually brings people together sometimes,” says Wade, from Dorchester Academy.
He says he was 10 when a friend introduced him to the genre. One of the first songs he liked was “Sulfur” by Slipknot.
Wade says he also listens to rap, soul, jazz, and pop.
Bachinge Bembeleza, a sophomore at Dorchester Academy, enjoys hip-hop, soul, jazz, and a little country.
But she is not a headbanger.
Says Bembeleza: “It’s too loud and aggressive.”
WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD (Series)
In many places, women endure double standards about where their roles lie in the community. As our Teen Voices Rising participants focused on these biases, they reflected on the contradictions imposed by their own cultures.The expectations of Dominican society towards the women of Quisqueya are for them to serve as the base of their families. Growing up, I’ve discerned the many values a Taino woman holds. Yet Quisqueyanos and people of most cultures worldwide have integrated aggressive dominance over women -- the machismo nature, for example. Skewed gender roles do not only create an unhealthy environment but they also violate our human rights. Respect is earned through actions and humility. Oftentimes in the society of Quisqueya, women are treated like fragile glass -- protected and supported. But these women are also respected and placed on thrones for their hard work and dedication towards a community. For years, I have seen how women have obeyed their husbands submissively, but also how that same man has brought the most precious of treasures up to her feet. Society itself has been extremely hypocritical. Although the issue of men having power over women has always been controversial, the women of Quisqueya have been able to stand up firmly for feminism. In a community, Quisqueyanas are known as women of character and leadership and they are teachers, demonstrating that, regardless of gender, it is our human right to be treated equal.
FATHERHOOD: A DAUGHTER’S STORY (Series)
A young girl’s connection with her father carries much weight in her experience. Teen Voices Rising participants write about the complexities of their father-daughter relationships and how it has affected their lives.
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