I guess I don’t need to say that any type of prejudice is stupid and should be banned from this planet, no matter if it’s related to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or anything else. Unfortunately (and please don’t ask me why), Heavy Metal has always been seen as a racist genre, like if it was music for “white men only”, with no girls, gays or black people allowed. However, the situation nowadays is quite the opposite, as we pretty much embrace any kind of person to our tribe of metalheads, which just makes our experience as headbangers a lot more beautiful and interesting.
It’s still weird though that there are very few black men in Heavy Metal, like Derrick Green (Sepultura), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) and Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), even with the roots of heavy music having strong connections to Blues and Jazz. The numbers are even worse for black women in heavy music (it seems they’re almost all doing some generic R&B), but maybe our Heavy Metal babe this month can inspire some ebony beauties to grab a microphone, a guitar, a bass or the drumsticks and start playing some heavy tunes louder than hell. She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, VJ, model, and above all, a true headbanger: the Black Goddess Militia Vox, also known as “The Songslayer”, “The Metal Goddess”, or simply MilitiA.
Based in New York City, NY, United States, Militia has all the attributes we look for in a Heavy Metal frontwoman: she’s not only pretty, but also has a very powerful voice and a unique performance on stage. Most of us know her for being the awesome frontwoman of the band Judas Priestess, the world’s only all-girl tribute to the METAL GODS Judas Priest, but she’s also the lead singer and songwriter of Progressive Hard Rock band Swear On Your Life, the leading lady of Dee Snider’s Heavy Metal horror orchestra Van Helsing’s Curse, and also the “Rock Goddess” of the Brooklyn based Afropunk movement. You can check many of her electrifying performances on YouTube, like these ones where she performs Judas Priest’s unparalleled Heavy Metal anthems Breaking the Law, Desert Plains and Riding On The Wind with the Judas Priestess, or this one with Living Colour playing the classic Cult of Personality.
She has also performed and collaborated in her extensive career with important names in the world of music such as Dee Snider, Cyndi Lauper, Nancy Sinatra, Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), and many other, as well as appeared in several films, TV shows and other music projects. In 2013, she staged two provocative and sexy cabaret-style concerts called “MilitiA.’s Roadhouse Blues” and “MilitiA’s Heavy Metal House of Voodoo” in New York City and in Los Angeles, and released the song Covet (which can be seen in the video below), from her multimedia project and upcoming album The Villainess.
All of those projects just prove she’s a nonstop hardworking musician who’s absolutely crazy for heavy music, but not only that, she’s also a well-known black model, having appeared in several calendars, promos, ads and spokesmodeled for top hair product companies, makeup brands and various clothing lines such as Manic Panic, Paul Mitchell, Harley Davidson, Shiseido Cosmetics, Hard Candy, and others. If you are a girl and want to see this non-musical side of Militia, check out her Militious Makeup videos on YouTube.
In regards to our diva being a black girl in a music genre commonly ruled by white guys, Global News’ weekly investigative news magazine program 16×9 has recently broadcasted on TV an awesome segment with Militia and Heavy Metal journalist and photographer Laina Dawes, author of the book What Are You Doing Here? Black Women in Heavy Metal, talking about the black female experience in the world of heavy music. The segment is called FULL STORY: Black Metal, featuring very interesting interviews with both girls, including also some footage of Judas Priestess kicking fuckin’ ass live. There are also two other parts of it, which can be seen here and here. Both online articles and video are very original and truly inspiring for any black girls that love Heavy Metal from the bottom of their hearts.
The last fact I wanted to share with you about Militia is a funny one that confirms there’s no such thing as each type of music is made for a specific type of person. “Just so you know, I fucking hate reggae so much. I can’t even tell you. I hear it and I want to like dig out my fucking ear drums with ice picks. Fucking. Hate. Reggae.”, says Militia. I believe no one expects to hear that from a black woman, right? Is she wrong for saying that? Absolutely not, she’s just being honest about her taste for music, and at the same time she wants to show us all music has nothing to do with sex, race or religion: it’s something that comes from our hearts and souls, something that unites us no matter who we are. Truth be told, we desperately need more Militias in the world.
“My mom was like, ‘Please don’t be into that. That’s, like, redneck music. Stop listening to it.’ And I’m like ‘I don’t give a fuck, I love it.’ Like, it’s so exciting to me.” – Militia Vox