A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 18, 2007
Blipster

"Blipster” = black + hipster. The term received popularity in the January 28, 2007 New York Times article “Truly Indie Fans” by Jamie Pressler. The term “blipster” is recorded from July 2006. Some people like “blipster,” but others think it’s unnecessary.


Urban Dictionary
blipster
a person who is black and also can be stereotyped by appearance, musical taste, and/or social scene as a hipster.
That (black) person, wearing asics tigers, black-rimmed glasses, and dancing to the new be your own pet song is a “blipster.”
Famous Blipster: the singer from Bloc Party.
by i love blipsters philadelphia Aug 11, 2006

Gothamist.com
January 29, 2007
Blipster? Really?
Right on the tail of the groundbreaking “bloggers drink in the LES” article in The Observer, The New York Times will not be outdone! Their article, Truly Indie Fans, is about black people listening to rock music, and it has caused quite a stir, with good reason. The article uses the term “blipsters” to describe black indie rock fans, as if another form of the already overused word “hipster” needs to exist - nevermind one based on race. The blog Colonel K Speaks has written an emotional response to the piece.

He states, “This week’s NY Times Magazine published an article called “Truly Indie Fans,” in which author Jessica Pressler investigates the lives and experiences of black rock fans, or as she dubs them, “blipsters.” While she is optimistic about bands with Black members, such as Bloc Party and TV On The Radio, Pressler fails to touch upon the double standards that have been placed upon black rock fans.”

We think perhaps The Times felt like hyping up a new phrase, and didn’t think too much about the rest.

Posted by Jen Carlson

Creep Low
Monday, July 10, 2006
Fookin A

Phantoms of Style were everywhere this past weekend. And this is our innagural (did I spell that right Jim?) blog/post/thingy. (until we can just start our own site and hire tech monkeys to make things look shiny)

Livingroom Johnston did the damn thing this past Saturday. His art opening....excuse us...paintshow at Halcyon was the place to be. Free liks all night, DJ Jun (Mos Def’s DJ) on the 1s.

It was a virtual who’s who of hipsters, blipsters, and the aging cool. Who’d we see....ummm well Jean Grae held it down as host of the event even singing along with a few choice classic soul tunes. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • (0) Comments • Sunday, February 18, 2007 • Permalink