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Featured Blog Posts – February 2015 Archive (122)

FASHION: Artist Spotlight - Carmel Snow, Cultural Camouflage

When I first viewed Oakland native, Carmel Snow’s work, I was so drawn in by the vibrant colors, energy and spirit of each statement.  There is rejuvenation in her work that is enticing and almost illusionistic and surrealist with patterns, colors, and shapes that will most definitely draw you in. From the detailing of knits patterns, the delicacy of body adornment and blending of colors, her Cultural Camouflage series is absolutely stunning and channels so much…


Added by Safety Pins on February 27, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

BHM: Faces from the new civil rights movement - Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell of Millennial Activists United

We are actually living within the birth of a revolution currently within the USA, the future of this country is beginning to shift as Black people in this country begin to pick up and tie loose ends where the Civil Rights movement left off in the fight for equal rights. The spark that began this flame of what has now been been titled the Black Lives Matter movement, a statement that demands the world to acknowledge that all Black lives…


Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Septima Poinsette Clark: The Queen Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

"I just tried to create a little chaos. Chaos is a good thing. God created the whole world out of it. Change is what comes of it." - Septima Poinsette Clark

In 1955, on the eve of her famous act of defiance, Rosa Parks attended a citizenship workshop led by Septima Poinsette Clark. These workshops were designed to train young activists, and train people in their rights as citizens. Parks said of Septima, "At that time I was very nervous, very troubled in my mind…


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POETRY: Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy) by Alyesha Wise


Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy)

You’ve been borrowing me for so long

That I forgot to demand myself back

I found me



Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer' "dark fantasy comic book series

Take a look at comic book series 'The Untamed'. The dark fantasy series centers on a stranger given "seven days to reap seven souls and earn his way out of hell". When he meets Niobe, an orphan girl who reminds him of his daughter, he is given a conscience and source of hope. A graphic hardcover novel is on the way and you can support …


Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

BHM: faces from the new civil rights movement - Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw from Dream Defenders

As part of AFROPUNK's spotlight on The New Civil Rights Movement, I caught up with Dream Defenders organizers, Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw. Amidst their hectic week, they took some time out to educate us on how they found themselves at the forefront of a movement and what’s next for their individual and organizational missions.…


Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams' graphic novel

Check out 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams', a graphic novel set to be released later this year - created by Nigerian born Roye Okupe (Owner/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios). Set in the year 2025, in the fictional Nigerian city of Lagoon (modeled after the Nigerian city Lagos), a young man named Wale Williams inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing and uses the suit to battle against the terror attacks of a sociopathic extremist.…


Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Zoë Kravitz features in Ocean Drive magazine

Check out Zoë Kravitz's editorial in Ocean Drive Magazine - looking just like her mother Lisa Bonet. In the stunning editorial, Kravitz opens up about her acting career and music with band Lolawolf; and in regards to this creativity, she says: “It’s always what I've done, before I even had a real…


Added by Safety Pins on February 27, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA - Photos

Have a look at yesterday's 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA. This program curated by AFROPUNK was a satellite version of the acclaimed AFROPUNK Fest with performances by Alice Smith, The Bots, V. Bozeman and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, multimedia art installations by Ewok and was hosted by Joi. Check out some photos from the event below'; shot by Stephen Paul; and check out the rest …


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ugandan Lawyer Victor Ochen nominated for 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have nominated Ugandan lawyer and activist Victor Ochen (pictured above with Desmond Tutu) and his African Youth Initiative Network for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest African at 33 to be nominated for the award. The AFSC say, “Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and…


Added by The Establishment on February 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Cold Sun' - Alxndr London and his "nu-soul soaked electronica"

Have a listen to the debut single from new British singer-songwriter Alxndr London. The debut, 'Cold Sun', perfectly showcases the East Londoner's brand of alt R&b, taking the neo-soul of the past into a direction of electronica - or as iD magazine put it, "nu-soul soaked electronica". Listen to the self-described creative wanderer…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The ambient sound of Nakaya's 'Colored Lines'

Listen to New York based singer-songwriter Nakaya's latest single, 'Colored Lines'. The alternative folk artist (a Los Angeles native) is currently studying at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and is developing a sound that blends the musical genres of folk, R&B and electronica. Check out the single below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Throwback: Papis Loveday and Shaun Ross in CHAOS Magazine

Let's throwback to 2011 with this striking editorial from CHAOS Magazine's The Wicked Issue (end of Winter Issue 2011-12). The editorial - titled, 'Out of Circulation' - was shot by Rebecca Latchfield and styled by Alexis Knox, and features models Papis Loveday and …


Added by Safety Pins on February 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Introducing ‘AfroNOWism': Five Funky Philosophies

I was that kid at school who was always restless.‘Distracted’. ‘Boisterous’. ‘Excitable’. Just a few of the adjectives that were used to describe me in my school reports.All this much is true, as I have always had a relentless energy and over-active mind and imagination. I was, and still am a dreamer, and I know that I am not alone in these feelings. I also have an abiding passion for ideas (both my own and others). And it is this passion that has driven me, to…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ART: The New Museum‘s '2015 Triennial: Surround Audience'

Check out some of the pieces from the New Museum's 2015 triennial, Surround Audience - the recurring New York City exhibition which is "devoted to early-career artists from around the world." Showcasing paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, installations, and performances, the exhibition is described by the museum…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Young Director Saji Gabriel Abude on doing something big while you are “little”.

My name is Saji Gabriel Abude. I am from Manhattan, NYC, currently finishing my last year in high school. Almost about a year ago I was accepted into the yearlong Tribeca Film Fellows program, for juniors and seniors in high school, in NYC. In the spring portion we examined films, spoke with filmmakers and explored our own ideas. During the summer we learned technical skills, and developed our own scripts. At first I didn’t know what to write about, it was one of those things…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "10-Year-Old Math Genius Studying for University Degree"

Meet Esther Okade, a British whiz kid who is currently studying to complete her University maths degree at the age of 10. The child prodigy (who wants to run her own bank one day) enrolled for her university course three weeks ago and currently stands at the top of her class - scoring 100 per cent on a recent exam. According to The Root, the mathematician's 6-year-old brother, Isaiah, is also "showing his own genius in high-school-level math". Read more on the story…


Added by The Establishment on February 25, 2015 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Support 'Queen of Glory', a female-directed dark comedy

Last year we announced that Nana Mensah of YouTube series 'An African City' fame was writing, directing and starring in a new film called 'Queen of Glory'. Apart of the 'Black Girl Quirk' genre (pioneered by works such as Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl'), the dark comedy follows Sarah Obeng (a PhD candidate at Columbia University) who when her mother dies suddenly becomes the sole proprietor of King of Glory, a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway neighborhood…


Added by Eye Candy on February 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Black History Month: Faces From The New Civil Rights Movement

Kajieme Powell was murdered August 19th, 2014. Today’s #FacesofTheMovement post is very special. Qjuana is one of the people that many may not “know,” but she is necessary and appreciated.

Not only has Qjuana almost single-handedly maintained Kajieme Powell’s memorial despite many attempts…


Added by The Establishment on February 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

INTRODUCING: international drummer Kimberly Thompson

Check out Kimberly Thompson - the multi-instrumentalist and music educator, most recognised for being part of Beyoncé's all-female band and for her position as the in-house drummer (of The 8G Band) on talk show Late Night with Seth Myers. Thompson is regarded as one of the most talented female drummers in the world, performing in over 30 countries and playing locally in some of America's most respected venues. Watch her percussion skills below.…


Added by Sound Check on February 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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