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Updates from the second half of 2016

Happy new year! I wrote and published a whole bunch of stuff in the second half of last year, including several pieces on music and culture. For Bitch I wrote a roundup of modern-day goth bands (yes, there are some!) with an eye toward women and genderfluid folks in the scene. I also wrote a new piece about Egyptian female-fronted metal band Massive Scar Era and, speaking of Africa, I wrote about Edward Banchs' new book, Heavy Metal Africa, for Vice

Also for Vice, I wrote a follow-up to my piece on rape kits, focusing on how women are using the courts to get their rape kits tested. And I wrote two pieces late in the year for the SF Weekly about how the election of Donald Trump is affecting San Francisco's relationship with undocumented residents, including students and people facing deportation

I'm looking forward to writing a lot more and sharing it with you in 2017. 


Misplaced blame, suicidal metal, education news and an actor's triumph

Today, as news spread about a high-school shooter in Baltimore, Maryland -- and his love of heavy metal -- I wrote a piece for the SF Weekly about why it's wrong to drag misfit music into the conversation: Don't Blame Heavy Metal For Alleged Baltimore Shooter Bobby Gladden

As usual, I've been busily writing. Although it's a mistake to say that every heavy metal band has written a song about suicide, there are some that have. I provided a roundup on Invisible Oranges

For the Examiner and the SF Weekly I've delved into some education topics: Students doing better, but scores don’t show San Francisco program impact, iPads for School Lunches: SFUSD Woos Applicants with Prizes

And, in cheerier news, I profiled Sons of Anarchy actor Kurt Yaeger, who plays Greg the Peg: 'Sons of Anarchy' star scoffs at challenges