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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…Continue
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.…
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.…
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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’…Continue
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.
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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She kicked cancer’s ass then came to DC to kill a stage. When Sharon Jones announced to a roaring Lincoln Theater that she was really happy to be there, she really meant it. Just months before her triumphant return to the stage, she endured a difficult battle for her life. The love her devoted fans showed strengthened her will to fight through rounds of painfully invasive treatments to submit the cancer that has already taken too many of our heroes.…
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Though Neneh Cherry put out a cover album in 2012 with jazz collective The Thing, The Cherry Thing, it's been 17 years since there was a proper Neneh Cherry solo album. In that time, the post-punk scene she helped define early in her career was revived as a mainstream phenomenon. On her latest, Blank Project, Neneh Cherry proves she's uninterested in revisiting past triumphs.
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A band like Phox could easily collapse under the weight of their own weirdness, were it not for the grounding of vocalist Monica Martin. While the gang of practical jokers and merry pranksters deconstruct the structures of indie rock and chamber pop, Monica sings out her heartbreaking ballads. The whole thing could easily be disjointed, but the fact is, the entire seven-piece ensemble is as good at playing tightly as they are at pulling apart the strings. It's a balancing act…Continue
It has been a big season for Nathaniel Mary Quinn, a Brooklyn-based artist on the rise. With artwork featured in two high profile group exhibitions in Chelsea this past December, and a solo show currently on view in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Quinn is making great strides as an artist and gaining the attention of galleries and collectors alike.
I included three of Quinn's paintings in my recent exhibition, Corpus Americus at Driscoll Babcock Galleries (NYC). His work was also…