In the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, released in October 2011, the FBI listed a group under the section “Non-Traditional Gangs” that caught the attention of both the media and music fans alike: juggalos.
Juggalos are members of a subculture that grew from an early 1990s devotion of the horrorcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse and their Psychopathic Records label mates, who are all known for wearing face paint to resemble sinister clowns, dousing audiences with the cheap Midwestern soda Faygo, and rapping about both the miracle of magnets and physically harming people who wronged them. For their devoted fans, it is more of a lifestyle than a musical predilection.
Last May was a busy month for Kate Proulx. A communications design senior at Parsons, she finished her senior thesis,
polished her portfolio, graduated from college, found a job, and competed in her first roller derby game under the name Bimbo Slice.
A year later, Proulx joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD), an NYC-based flat-track roller derby league that is currently ranked third in the nation. Since joining the team, Slice has balanced skating for both CT Rollergirls’ Yankee Brutals (CTRG) and GGRD’s Manhattan Mayhem team and being the youngest visual designer at the top digital media firm HUGE.
Last fall, in a University of Connecticut dorm room students Scott Rosenbaum and Jose Cabanero created what is becoming one of the fastest-growing and strangest social networking websites to date: RentaFriend.com.
Rosenbaum came to Cabanero with the idea and asked for help building the website. Cabanero was skeptical, but agreed. “This might actually be worth something,” he said. Since its November 2009 debut, over 283,000 platonic “friends” and 2,500 renters joined the website. Continue reading