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FEATURE: New artist residency program, The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, aims to increase Iowa City diversity

Image caption: “Black Object / White Smoke I-III” (2015), Alexandria Eregbu. All images courtesy of artists.



By Anaïs Duplan*, AFROPUNK contributor



With the rise of the movement for Black lives to the national spotlight, the Center for Afrofuturist Studies makes a simple proposition: the Afrofuture is now.…

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FEATURE: Moeima Dukuly's #NINASPEAKS Series, part 1 — "Sinnerman", dedicated to Samaria Rice

*In dedication to Samaria Rice. It is suggested that you listen to Nina's track before, after or during reading this piece.



I dreamt of death. Many hims, many hers. But then a child.



I saw him there lying so scared, in those four minutes.



I could only hear him cry for his mother, I could only hear him cry for the Lord. But no one came.



I could not touch him. I was not allowed to touch him. Frozen, I could only watch him slip…
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FEATURE: Photographer Ray Geofrey brings fashion editorial to the Makgadikgadi Salty Pans of Botswana

Take a look at this neat fashion editorial, ‘Men In The Salty Pans.’ ‘Pans’ was shot on-location at the Makgadikgadi Salty Pans, of north-eastern Botswana, by fashion photographer, Ray Geofrey. Ray is a fashion photographer, blogger, and style editor from Francistown, Botswana. The Pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world and, obviously, a killer location for photography. The…

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FEATURE: Check out Atlanta-based punk rock band HOWLING STAR

HOWLING STAR is garage rock band, from the ATL, making some pretty hard punk music. They describe themselves as “four minds, four sounds, one band” coming together to usher in the new generation of brutal rock music—the four horse-persons of the rock-pocalypse, if you will. Formed by several members of Tragedy Called Truth, HOWLING STAR’s members have played sets all around Atlanta and continue to prove…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Aaron Taylor's Groovy EP, 'Still Life'

In the past few months London has been producing a good amount of talented artists such as Nao, Little Simz, Jorja Smith, and etc. Today another artist blossomed, he goes by the name of Aaron Taylor. Aaron has just released his neo-soul influenced Still Life EP. The 6-track EP opens up with a quirky, percussive nature complimented with a D'angelo-esque brass and falsetto vocals. Each track was well thought out from inputting snippets of important speeches to his deep lyrics sung…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2016 at 12:42pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Baltimore's avant garde-R&B singer :3ION drops new track "Many Moons"

Baltimore's avant garde-R&B singer, :3ION, returns with a new project, his debut album, “Ronin” (out Feb. 12). Ahead of its release, :3ION brings us a little teaser in the form of his very first single, "Many Moons."  Smokey synths are permeated by skittering samples and energetic drums, adding a certain madness to the track. "Many moons, I've been waiting for you", :3ION…

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FEATURE: Meet France-based intersectional feminist vlogger Naya Ali (aka La Ringarde)

Meet France-based intersectional feminist vlogger, Naya Ali (aka La Ringarde)! Joining the ranks of other prolific black feminist bloggers and vloggers, like the brilliant Kat…

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NEW MUSIC: Cloud ft. Lovebomb's super-chill hip-hop track "Floating"

Take a listen to Could ft. Lovebomb’s super-chill, aptly named, hip-hop track—“Floating.” Cloud—Patrick Cloud, if you’re nasty—is a L.A.-based musician/producer/rapper who makes low-key Cali-vibe tunes when he’s not putting in work at Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital. You can hear more of Cloud’s music…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'WHEN WE WERE KINGS' COMIC - CHAPTER 8

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s “rising star”…

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NEW MUSIC: Chicagoan singer/songwriter/poet Jamila Woods' black girl fight song "blk girl solider"

Is an “activism banger” a thing yet, or no? Either way, Jamila Woods’ “blk girl soldier” is drenched in all kinds of black girl magic from the defiant reminders of the endurance and resilience of black women, to name-checking Assata, Ella, Sojourner: the women who “taught us how to fight.” “blk girl soldier”…

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NEW MUSIC: Indie-pop singer/songwriter Gavin Turek + producer Tokimonsta's 'Surrender' (ES.P remix)

Good new, folks: new music from multi-talented indie-pop singer/songwriter, Gavin Turek, and producer Tokimonsta, called, ‘Surrender' (ES.P remix)—a whirlwind of synthetic late-80s/mid-90s pop goodness. If that’s not your thing, ‘Surrender’ has a bevy of dope remixes, like SONNS’ intoxicated, slowed-down version, or the understated coolness of…

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FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - B.Hawk

Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet artist B.Hawk...such a great energy! @jusbhawk



By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor



*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog Mokshini / Instagram:…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2016 at 12:23pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Sounds from Echo Park: DTLA’s Underground Hip-Hop Scene

I moved to Southern California in hopes of not only benefitting from but contributing to its rich art scene, predominantly through photography. Northridge doesn’t offer many interesting events or subjects to shoot, so I’m sure to bring my equipment whenever I visit places like Hollywood or Santa Monica Pier. This particular venue was located in Echo Park near Downtown Los Angeles. I’d never been there before but fell in love with the place within seconds of exiting the…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2016 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

BOOK: Angela Davis' new book "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle - Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundation Of A Movement" to be released next month

The goddess known as Angela Davis is releasing a new book next month called, "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle - Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundation Of A Movement." "Freedom", a collection of essays, interviews, and speeches, is a vehicle in which Davis uses to connect the dots between institutionalized state violence and…

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FEATURE: The life and legacy of Black Feminist Sci-Fi Pioneer Octavia E. Butler to be honored with week-long exhibition, ‘Octavia’s Attic: ARTifacts From Our Possible Futures’

Next month, legendary sci-fi writer Octavia Butler is getting a pretty epic week-long celebration to commemorate her rich legacy. The exhibition, ‘Octavia’s Attic: ARTifacts From Our Possible Futures’, will run from Feb. 24 - Mar. 2, at San Francisco’s Live Worms Gallery and will feature a display of sculptures, paintings, interactive installations, textiles, videos, and more, created by artists from all levels of experience—including “young wunderkinds” and artists who…

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FEATURE: South African, London-based textile womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo presents Zulu and Ndebele heritage-inspired prints in SS16 collection

Sindiso Khumalo, a South African textile designer (now based in Hackney, London), creates sustainable textiles and womenswear. Khumalo, who is trained in both architecture and textile futures, designs Zulu and Ndebele heritage-inspired prints for her structured garments. In expressing her commitment to maintain a sustainable and ethical manufacturing, Khumalo works closely with NGO’s and small workshops in South…

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BOOKS: author/educator/publishing maven Dr. Tamara Pizzoli pens gender/race-bent fairy-tale 'The Ghanaian Goldilocks'

'The Ghanaian Goldilocks' flips the classic fairy tale on it’s head with a gender and race-bent 'Goldilocks' named Kofi. Kofi, a black boy from Accra, Ghana, wears traditional kente cloth, has sun-lightened natural hair, and is affectionately referred by his friends and family as “Goldilocks”. 'The Ghanaian Goldilocks' seamlessly weaves West African culture and themes into this beautiful modern re-telling. "This book demonstrates that not only do black boys matter, but that…

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NEW MUSIC: Jordan Max Spins a Soul Apocalypse On “Only One Is King” #SoundCheck

Over clicking hi-hats and malevolent piano, soul singer Jordan Max spins out an every day apocalypse on “Hell.” Somewhere between a funeral march and a malfunctioning world-killing machine, the song is less prophecy than grim realization that we might be in the middle of it. His voice is powerful, haunting, and full of resigned sadness. “Hope,” meanwhile is the saddest damn song to ever carry the name. When Jordan Max hits the chorus “all we have is hope / who wants to live alone?”… Continue

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EVENT: LION BABE 'Begin' Listening Party in NY Feb. 2nd, Presented by AFROPUNK & Stashed

We'd like to cordially invite you to the LION BABE "BEGIN" Album listening party brought to you by AFROPUNK & The Stashed!

This is sure to be a packed house so please RSVP and arrive early as admission is per capacity. [Drinks to be provided] It's a celebration! #TeamLionBabe




When: Feb 2nd 2016 
Time: 8pm - 11pm…
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