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Featured Blog Posts – January 2014 Archive (85)

Free Download + Interview: Meet Jarell Perry, One Of The New Faces Of Indie R&B

You may not immediately recognize his name, but chances are, you’ve heard his work. Jarell Perry has worked with huge names like r&b superstar Usher, hip hop nerd Childish Gambino and Diplo. His last project Simple Things earned him a great buzz and he’s set to follow it up this year with upcoming project, 'White EP'.

Today, he embarks upon a national tour with YUNA. Jarell Perry talks to AFROPUNK.…


Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Lupita Nyong'o directed 'In My Genes', an uplifting documentary about albinism

Did you know that a few years ago Lupita Nyong'o directed 'In My Genes', an uplifting documentary about albinism as a thesis project?

Info: "What is it like to be 'white' in a 'black' society? IN MY GENES shares the lives of 8 people with albinism in Kenya. It reveals the uplifting life story of Agnes, a woman with albinism of few means who heads a household of 7 children, her 17-year-old daughter expecting another. During the course of the documentary, Agnes discovers she…


Added by Eye Candy on January 31, 2014 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

Willis Earl Beal's Surprise new album: Sounds beamed in from an alternate past fill this awesome set. #SoundCheck

When Willis Earl Beal bust onto the scene a few years back it came with heady discussions about what “outsider art” means. To put an undeniably great songwriter (who no-one's denying is a little weird) in the same category though, as “are they in on it?” artists like Wesley Willis or Florence Foster Jenkins is more than a little reductive. What “outsider art” (if it's applicable at all...) seems to mean where Willis Earl Beal is concerned is an uncompromising vision and…


Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Feature: James Baldwin

On August 2, 1924, James Baldwin was born in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. As a teenager, he took after his stepfather and became a preacher, learning early on the power of his voice. Upon leaving the church at 18 he also left the City, moving to New Jersey for a short period working for the railroad before…


Added by The Establishment on January 30, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

New Music: Tunde Olaniran - Brown Boy

Afrofuturist solo musician, Tunde Olaniran just released his latest EP, the 5-track Brown Boy remix EP. …


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Yani: "Rebel With a Cause"

Who is Yani? She’s opened for headliners including the likes of Janelle Monae, J. Holiday and Dwele but the notable fact seems to be the least exciting thing about this promising star. It’s 9 p.m. on a cool autumn night in Atlanta — Yani, of Yani and the Peace People, meets me for an interview after a hectic and busy day. She’s friendly; chatting me up about the church service she attended earlier (happily traveling two…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Cruising for Control: subversive cruising and masculine dominance in Gaborone, Botswana

Manly men and masculinity are two issues that are prevalent in many African countries, Botswana is no exception. With a heavy patriarchal structure, homosexuality is shunned for both religious and cultural reasons. Katlego K Kol-Kes queries the blurred lines between subversive cruising and masculine dominance in Gaborone, Botswana, where homosexuality is still a criminal offence.

Words & Illustration by Katlego K Kol-Kes,…


Added by Gender Bent on January 29, 2014 at 12:53pm — No Comments

5 Things No One Is Actually Saying About Ani DiFranco or Plantations

The Great Ani DiFranco Plantation Kerfuffle of 2013 has been something of a boon to people who debate and study race in America. In DiFranco, anyone who’s ever cared about race or Birkenstocks has had a light cast on the perception of just how far race matters have really progressed, which is to say, not as far as we thought. DiFranco is progressive and hip and down for the cause…and, as it turns out, completely full of white privilege. She rolled with …


Added by The Establishment on January 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Underground Hip-Hop Icon Jean Grae talks Activism, Education in South Africa, and her new albums in our Afropunk exclusive interview. #SoundCheck

The legendary Jean Grae is an underground hip-hop icon. In the last 2 months alone, she's released a full length version of her epic concept album / EP series Gotham Down, her Jeanie EP, and a book / audiobook The State of Eh. She's currently working with NYC-based activist and puppeteer Andrea Lomanto on the Power Up Youth Project to demand education as a right in South Africa. She spoke to us about the importance of education, and some of her current…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Free Download + Album News From Kelis!

Some news from Kelis, Ms. Badass herself! You can now download 'Jerk Ribs' for FREE (a track that she revealed last year, from her upcoming album 'Food', out April 21st on Ninja Tune) + the album is available for pre-order. Head to to download and/or pre-order, and stay tuned…


Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

DC Street Style By Britt Elyse Nelson: Lance

Name: Lance Lotus Anthony

Occupation: Artist/Songwriter

Dream Job: Songwriter/Entertainer

Place you live: Washington D.C

Next place you wish to visit: Tokyo

Why? The energy, the fashion, the experience. Tokyo style is bold and unapologetic. I fucking…


Added by Safety Pins on January 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

AP Fashion: MDMflow – Young Scientist Florence Adepoju’s Lipstick Line is Poppin’

The late 90’s and early 2000’s have made a comeback multiple times in fashion this past year—as the flashy and vibrancy of the hip hop culture made a mark, transcending generations. The development of the lipstick line, MDM Flow, is a clash of the “mid 90’s and 00’s hip hop culture.” 22-year-old, Florence Adepoju, scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science from the London College of Fashion is recreating color technology through the development of her lipsticks,…


Added by Safety Pins on January 27, 2014 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Domestic Violence: What's So Funny About "Eat the cake, Anna Mae", Beyoncé?

Many eyebrows were raised when on the one hand Beyoncé explained that she was just a sex-positive feminist while on the other hand making light of a domestic violence scene from the Tina Turner biopic 'What's Love Got To Do With It', by using it as a sexual metaphor in her song 'Drunk In Love'. In the track, Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z rhymes: “I am Ike Turner, Baby know I don’t play. Now eat the cake, Anna Mae. Said Eat the Cake, Anna Mae", with Beyoncé smiling and mouthing the…


Added by Gender Bent on January 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Junior Astronomers breathe new life into post-punk on their debut LP 'Dead Nostalgia' #SoundCheck

It's a shame how much post-punk and post-hardcore sounds totally interchangeable when there are bands like Junior Astronomers showing how much life there is left in the post-sound. The Charlotte, NC quartet follows in the mold of classic mid-Atlantic post-punk bands like Jawbox and Kerosene 454. But Junior Astronomer adds some indie flavoring and keeps their focus on tight songwriting on their latest LP Dead Nostalgia.



Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How I co-created an eco-fashion collection with an amazing group of badass Maasai women

I am an AfroPunk and I have the tattoos, piercings and Afro to prove it. But the most punked out thing I have ever done is live in a hut in the rural Rift Valley of Kenya and design an eco-fashion collection with an amazing group of badass Maasai women. Yes I said badass, I hope they don’t mind. Actually…


Added by Safety Pins on January 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Take An In-Depth Tour Within The Soul WIth SiairaShawn's Latest EP 'Ghost'

A true artist has the ability to recognize the time preceding their existence, because after all; “you must know where you come from, in order to know you where you're going”—loosely quoted, of course. California native, Brooklyn inhabitant, SiairaShawn looks to illustrate her appreciation of the past through sounds of a new generation, by way of her aesthetically-pleasing offering entitled, Ghost.

By Jarrett Johnson,…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AP Fashion: Dapper Wear by Taryor Gabriels

Meet Taryor Gabriels, a brand founded by designer Adeyeye Adetayo. Taryor Gabriels is based out in Nigeria, but his eye-catching dapper wear is being clocked by besotted eyes from all over the globe. Taryor’s classic pieces invoke the quintessence of the 1920’s with bold, colorful splashes of African panache.

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Safety Pins on January 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Black Metal: "If You Want To Do Rock‘N’Roll, You Need To Look More... White"?

AFROPUNK members, rock glamazon Militia. and author Laina Dawes (who wrote the book 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal') were profiled in a recent report on Global Television. The two ladies talked about their experiences as black women in the rock/metal scenes.

Watch the full piece…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 11:40am — 6 Comments

Former Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Amp Fiddler's latest EP 'Basementality 2' is full of classic electro-soul jams. #SoundCheck

In an electro-soul world where just about everyone owes some creative debt to George Clinton and J Dilla, there's probably no-one more deserving of that comparison than Amp Fiddler. A member of Parliament-Funkadelic for a decade and a close friend and collaborator of the deeply missed Dilla, Amp Fiddler's latest solo EP finds the singer/songwriter looking at the funk and R&B he helped define as a keyboardist from a modern lens.…


Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Erykah Badu Debuts A High Top Fade

Erykah Badu debuts her High Top Fade via Twitter. She posted, "I'm faded...high" along with a snap of her new do.

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“Pyramids and Vortices"…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 23, 2014 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

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