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February 2014 Blog Posts (107)

AFROPUNK Festival 2014 Dates Announced! + Info For Festival Goers, Bands, Vendors, Volunteers

AFROPUNK FEST 2014 is right around the corner! We're bringing you another weekend of music, food, fun and beautiful people August 23rd and August 24th 2014 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Want to know who’s performing before everyone else? Sign up.



Added by AFROPUNK on February 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The SamOffThaRecord Experience - Spreading Positive Vibes With Hero The Band

Hello AFROPUNK Community, I’d like to introduce you to “The SamOffThaRecord Experience”, a video series I launched a few weeks ago. The SamOffThaRecord Experience is a show created to provoke, inspire, and motivate dreamers of all ages to take the necessary actions to turn dreams into reality and become culture shock game changers. SOTR features some of the most influential creatives and brands that have crossed my path along my personal journey to my dreams. This is a show…


Added by Sound Check on February 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

OP-ED: TRANSecurity - Let's Educate, Not Intimidate, Our Would-Be Allies

Transgender identities are a melting pot of complexities in search of multiple endings. This spectrum within a sexuality spectrum makes for gaps in understandings and easy false representations. The Janet Mock vs Piers Morgan feud brings up interesting matters about how (some) transgender people represent themselves.…


Added by Gender Bent on February 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream André Cymone's first album in over 25 years. #SoundCheck

Though he's spent 25 years out of the limelight, André Cymone was once heralded as the heir to Prince's throne. Prince penned childhood best friend Cymone's biggest hit “The Dance Electric,” and Cymone cut his teeth as Prince's bassist. When Cymone left the band in 1981, he embarked on a successful solo career. Then in the mid 80's, he moved behind the console to work as a songwriter and producer. It's now been 29 years since his last album, but André Cymone is back with the…


Added by Sound Check on February 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Winter Chill

Baby, it's cold outside but i'm sure that summer's just around the corner. I've just signed up for the AfropunkFest, and I'm looking forward to some warm sun, good fun, and collaborative juices flowing freely. As this will be my first fest, i'm not sure what to expect but i know it'll be something wild. The skating and festing will be off the chain, and I fully expect to come away with…


Added by Charles D. McCain on February 28, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Standing for Something: Lillian Allen - by Marva Jackson Lord

To know Lillian Allen, you simply need to read her books and listen to her recordings. I first discovered the poetry of the black feminist dynamo when she was part of De Dub Poets, which included partners in dub Clifton Joseph and Devon Haughton. I stumbled across their ground-breaking self-titled record while searching for…


Added by Marva Jackson Lord on February 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Journey Into Being

I believe that self-expression is the fundamental purpose of life. 

The mere act of existing as a piece in a drama that is created solely for the purpose of inducing order, while marginalizing the importance of understanding creativity, is not something I can fathom. 

I wish I had the language to express the beauty of what is and can be. I cannot, so I have to instead, be the change and make the waves for ships to travel. 

I totally understand Kanye when he talks…


Added by Faero. on February 27, 2014 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Spoken Word: Piece of you

My newest Spoken Word called Piece of you is about a good friend of mine whom ve started falling for how i feel about him. Please Enjoy<3

Added by Tiffanie Owens on February 27, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

AP Fashion: Dangerously Sexy - Femme Fatale by Chelsea Jackson

AFROPUNK Fam, check out this photo series sent to us by badass photographer Chelsea Jackson. Info: "Up-and-coming photographer and University of Texas at Austin senior advertising major, Chelsea Jackson explores the realm of love, seduction and female dominance in her 1600 shot photo shoot.

In a little under eight hours, with one model and two wardrobe changes, Jackson was able to capture her vision on film using her Nikon D500. The entire shoot was shot in…


Added by Safety Pins on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sidewalk Chalk evokes the Golden Age of Hip-Hop on 'Leaves'. #SoundCheck

It's called “the Golden Age of Hip-Hop” for a reason, and it continues to inspire artists for the same damn good reason. Though I was a kid then, I remember listening to Native Tongues releases at the time, and it was undeniable that there was something magic happening. Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk thankfully doesn't try to trade just in nostalgia and recreate the sound on their Leaves LP, instead they go hunting for magic.…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: I downloaded Kid Cudi's 'Satellite Flight' illegally and now I feel bad

Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon is Kid Cudi’s fourth studio album, and second from his own label, Wicked Awesome Records. The 10-track album came as a surprise a few days ago (he only gave a few hours' notice before releasing it on February 25th at midnight). Cudi previously dubbed this project as merely a mixtape, with fans eagerly forming their own opinion on the artists’…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jocelyn Ellis Creates Conceptual Masterpiece with 'Life Of A Hologram'

In 2012, Jocelyn Ellis (lead singer of Jocelyn Ellis & The Alpha Theory) set up an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her album Life of a Hologram, which is a conceptual project based on a hologram’s life in 4013. Having raised most of her $5,000 target, debut solo album Life Of A Hologram was released in the winter of 2013.

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2014 at 9:41am — 1 Comment


"i feel closer to my parents generation"

"just can't connect with these kids these days"

the quotes ive been hearing lately. i just have a few questions. or perhaps no questions but some answers!

21+ events are a waste. SERVING ALCOHOL is NOT important. ALL AGES SHOWS should be EVERY SHOW!

it is about time that we start to work on bridging this age gap and it needs to be done in creative spaces. We create our…


Added by TheMeseyeah on February 25, 2014 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

AP Fashion: Dress and Fill Your Environment to Be in Touch with Your Inner Self

I would say that I have always had more of an affinity towards spirituality and belief in a higher being, than necessarily clinging to one religious home. In high school I took an introduction to Buddhism course and felt I connected more with the idea of practice and lifestyle, rather than just praising the Lord on a Sunday and then returning to normal activities every other day of the week. Not to say this is for all people who may be Christian, or of other religions—but…


Added by Safety Pins on February 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


Last week was the LICK!!!!

Finally got a band of amazing talented/professional/reliable musicians together and we freaked the shit out my music... I'm hyped up to F##k. CAN'T WAIT TO REHEARSE MORE AND GET READY FOR SHOWS.

As a singer who has been seasoned…


Added by Dixie Daye on February 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Neale Hurston is Black In The Rainbow Limelight

Back in December of 2011, rapper Tango P.I. released his first mixtape 'Black In The Rainbow' before transforming into Neale Hurston (via a name change). If I had to guess why, I’d say that it probably has something to do with Afro-American author Zora Neale Hurston. I was right. “I outgrew Tango P.i. I found that the name limited me or gave an expected sense of how I was supposed to sound and I got sick of explaining the P.i part. [Laughs] I always followed the works of…


Added by Sound Check on February 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Artist Samuel Rodriguez - Science Interpreted Through Art

With the combination of geometric shapes, natural hues, and unique facial structures, artist Samuel Rodriguez exemplifies his outlook on the world’s ethnicities through colorful and textured paintings. As I look on and admire his artistry, I interpret the geometric shapes he uses as an essential value that not only make up part of our humanistic essence, but is also relatable to an omnipresent structure in everyday life. The spectrum of diverse shades of beauty serves the world…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Wangechi Mutu Interviewed in Culture/Context with LeRonn P. Brooks

Visual artist Wangechi Mutu was interviewed in web series 'Culture/Context with LeRonn P. Brooks'. Take a peek inside her creative mind! She even gives a big shout out to YOU, the AFROPUNK community. Watch the insightful interview below.

"Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks talks with visual artist Wangechi Mutu about her artistic process

and her recent exhibition, "A Fantastic Journey," at the Brooklyn Museum of Art"…


Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Creators of the Black Internet- The Art of Azikiwe Mohammed

These days, cultural dialogues are born and buried within minutes on the Internet. The chorus of the Black Internet is a powerful force to be reckoned with—one that brings about critical movements for social change and ingenious artistry. “I’m convinced the things we are talking about are proof that events that have transpired must live in other corners of the Internet…


Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "21 varieties of traditional African homosexuality"

Ugandan President Museveni just signed the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law. The BBC reports that a government spokesman said President Yoweri Museveni wanted to assert Uganda's "independence in the face of Western pressure". The new law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of "aggravated homosexuality". "It also makes it a crime not…


Added by Gender Bent on February 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 20 Comments

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