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January 2013 Blog Posts (70)

Hip Hop Hijabis- A Powerful Documentary that needs your help!

Poetic Pilgrimage are Sukina and Muneera, two friends who met and bonded over singing and their Jamaican heritage. Both hailing from Bristol, UK Muneera is the DJ, Sukina is the singer, and they are both emcees. Through their close friendship and converting to Islam in 2005 after their…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 31, 2013 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

New video "Try So Hard" by Pegasus Warning is black love in Gold

The latest video from NYC's Pegasus Warning has us in a sentimental mood. In the soft and sultry song, he sings of love and love-lost with glittery…

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Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2013 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Mandíbula-Travessia





Tenho frio



Quero comida pra ter mais fome

Eu quero…

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Added by Tiago Malta on January 30, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Jesse Felluss feat. MC Zulu "Like Motion" Gets us moving. [Free Download]

Rave veteran, Scratch Academy DJ instructor and big-bass-beat maker Jesse Felluss has decided to bless us with some ((GOOD VIBES)) to get the party started. He describes "Like Motion" as "breaky tech house and electro with a hip-hoppy/drum-n-bassish number thrown in there.  All on…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

K-OS' Long Awaited New Album "Black on Blonde" reminds us why K-OS was missed

Yesterday was the release of K-OS's long awaited full length (double) album "Black on Blonde" which was teased-leaked last week with a …

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Natural Hair & Fashion x Freedom By Nature x Strange Vixens

Natural Hair and Fashion straight from the AP Community. Creative director Sabine Bernard of Freedom By Nature collaborated with Brooklyn's own Strange Vixens clothing line. Sabine tells us: "The Shoot was creatively directed by me in an attempt to portray a Natural hair model in a raw and edgy look. I came to Strange vixens with the idea and they…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 30, 2013 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

#SoundCheck Download! Indie RnB singer Kevin Michael stakes a claim for Prince's legacy on 'BRAINWA$H'

As a fan of the bands on the edges of the DIY world (I don't need to hear another band that sounds like Bad Religion, when I already have a perfectly good Bad Religion...) I spend a lot of time thinking about bands with pop aspirations who have embraced DIY ethos. Does the fact that an artist probably couldn't rattle off their top 10 favorite Dischord bands diminish them in our artificial hierarchy? “Oh, that's not punk rock, that's pop!” We say with a dismissive air about bands…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

PHILLY PUNKS! I need your help

Greetings from my lovely and comfortable couch in Norristown (as I'm multi-tasking and watching WWE RAW at the same time) -

With the start of a new year, I have seen many changes already. I've had friends come and go, I've had people show their true colors - and it seems to me that the only constant throughout all of it has been the music. Isn't that usually the case?



So, with that said... I have to make you all aware of an awesome event that I have coming up next…

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Added by Palaceburn on January 29, 2013 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Kid President Gives You A Real Ass Pep Talk - via SoulPancake

We're obsessed with Kid President. The "tell it like it is" kid we started wising up to, straight out of the comedy minds of Rainn Wilson and the folks over at SoulPancake. Not only is he the cutest thing we've ever seen (yes, even…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 29, 2013 at 1:27pm — 2 Comments

Talib Kweli's new video for "Upper Echelon" gets us hype for the New Album

Talib Kweli is back (again) and this time there's a video for "Upper Echelon." It's a mish-mosh of concert footage and black and white visuals that make you say "whoa" and "dope" at the same damn time, and remind us why we've been awaiting for Kweli to bring (back) the…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Supergroup Cocaine 80s release Full "The Flower of Life EP" [Free Download]

New SuperGroup alert: Get familiar with the Cocaine 80s crew, comprised of James Fauntleroy, Common and No I.D, here to bless you with some real dopeness. They've had a couple of EP's but just released the "The Flower of Life EP" which we are greatly digging. Fauntleroy is…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Indiana's Kool's Bazaar talk style & high notes in an Afropunk exclusive Interview (with Live Performance video)

Sometimes some of the best music ever created has been known as a little secret nestled away for the world to discover. One group that has been sending ripples across the world of music is Kool’s Bazaar. Formed by Richard Trotman in…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Racism Still Exists Billboard Campaign Causing a Stir in Brooklyn

If you've waited for a Brooklyn bus, chances are you've seen the "Racism Still Exists" billboard campaign being created from an agency/interest group/single rebel who has remained a mystery. The billboards and posters began popping up this summer and the 6 striking messages about subtle-yet-not-so-subtle message have been making waves. Besides the presence of the tumblr, the questions remain: Where are they…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sundance Selection "Newlyweeds" puts an herbal spin on the RomCom

Unlike other stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express, Sundance selection Newlyweeds, takes another road -- by making a stoner romcom. It comes as a debut feature for writer-director Shaka King, and what’s (not?) so surprising, The stoner rom-com works really well.

By: Fariha Roisin, Film Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Cape Town darkwave singer Petite Noir gives us a taste of his new sound with “Kinshasa Waltz”. #SoundCheck

Cape Town artist Petite Noir's debut single “Till We Ghosts” made a big impact last summer, and the darkwave (he calls it noirwave) artist is back with a new track. The song “Kinshasa Waltz” (which is not actually a waltz, but we'll let it slide) is built from the same pieces as “Till We…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

Wake-up. One shot

Be what is burning into you. Be weird. Have no sense. It will make sense by the fact that you can't keep a grip on your own way to smile, your own way to be. 

Don't be afraid of knowledge, don't be afraid of purity, don't be afraid of your shine-in.

Be this motherfucker full of beauty.

Added by Jehl N'Chaaem on January 27, 2013 at 12:06am — 2 Comments

AFRO OF THE DAY: Prince to Grace the Cover of newly re-vamped Billboard Magazine with his new mini-fro

Every one deserves a makeover.The famed Billboard mag is getting one this weekend and Prince is flaunting his. 

By: Alexandria Gamlin, Content Editor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Free Download: RDGLDGRN Collabs With Dave Grohl on New Music, Pharrell Williams Also Contributed To Upcoming Album

We hadn't heard from the homies of RDGLDGRN in a long while. Turns out they were cooking up a record with collaborators such as Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl (on drums on the entire album) and producer Kevin Augunas. Even Pharrell Williams got his hands in it and co-produced/co-wrote a track.

You might remember the guys from their former band - long-time Afropunk community members -…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

New Music: The Mars Volta is over, here's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez new band Bosnian Rainbows

Yes, the rumors are true, the Mars Volta broke up (they're not just on hiatus as previously announced, according to the band's singer Cedric Bixler). BUT Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has a new band. Here's Bosnian Rainbows first single 'Torn Maps' (stream/download below). The band also includes Deantoni Parks (remember Afropunk Festival alums Kudu?!) on drums, Nicci Kasper on keys and Teri Gender-Bender on…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

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