I'm Not Emo

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Like most of the kids in her school and on her block, 16 year old Josetta Adams used to listen to hip-hop music. But, when Josetta slipped into a depression, she started to listen to rock music that matched her mood. She also began painting her nails black and wearing t-shirts adorned with skulls. Her way of expressing her feelings went against the norms of her family and her community, quickly labeling her as different and even as far as calling her a "sell-out". Depression is an uncomfortable topic for anyone, but amongst an African-American family it can be taboo. Josetta is no longer depressed but she wants to figure out why her family, friends, and community have a difficult time understanding her way of expressing herself and why it's hard to talk about these feelings of sadness in her family and community.

Produced by:

Sanda Htyte


Marianne McCune


Josetta Adams

Comments [2]

Daphney from East NY

I really see where you're coming from because, although I'm not emo, but I used to listen to the bands you listened to, but I no longer listen to them because I considered myself as well, a goth. I listen to more industrial, terror/EBM. And I completely agree with you that around my area along with yours there are no Goths or Emos around to actually understand.

Dec. 07 2010 07:53 AM
Tyasia Messam from East New York

I Really like everything you said. It Kind of relates to me but I didn't listen to rock and things like that. Instead I would cut myself, I think I was upset with the choices I made in life. But still to this day I dont share nothing with my family

Dec. 02 2010 11:02 AM

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