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March 2014 Blog Posts (117)

Dope Track: "Entre Culture Et Reve" ft. Sol'e & Teety Tezano

Cote d’Ivoire-based Cameroonian rap act Sol’e recently dropped his track Entre Culture Et Reve (between culture and dream), a lyrically faithful illustration of the dilemma young Africans encounter when stuck between their dreams and traditions.  Acronymed ECER the…

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Added by MissJackee on March 31, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Artwork for "New" Michael Jackson Album 'XSCAPE' To Be Released in May

Michael Jackson's camp announced that "XSCAPE, an album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs. XSCAPE comes out May 13th and available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1st" on michaeljackson.com.

It will feature songs produced by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome 'Jroc' Harmon, and John McClain, using vocal tracks. EPIC Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid…

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Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Watch the trailer for 'Begin Again' Featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) in the trailer for 'Begin Again', the latest film from writer-director John Carney.

The movie will be released on July 4 and also features Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Cee-Lo Green, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and James Corden.

PR: "Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine)…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Outspoken electro punk band BLXPLTN talk new record and Stop and Frisk. #SoundCheck

It's rare for a band to make such a huge impression despite only having 2 finished songs recorded, but Austin's BLXPLTN are something else. A mix of electro and hardcore punk, the trio's 2 singles “Train” and “Stop and Frisk” are positively bone-crushing. The trio of kQ, TaSzlin, and Javelin are coming to Brooklyn to play an AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Watch Kenyan sci-fi short film Pumzi in full!

Look what we stumbled upon! Kenyan sci-fi short film 'Pumzi' brings you Afrofuturism at its best. It was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu and was brought to our attention via For Harriet. Check out the full movie below!



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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

EVENT: Janelle Monae To Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' Show Series on June 4!

There will be a FREE Janelle Monae show in Brooklyn on June 4! Ms. Monae opens the Celebrate Brooklyn! show series at Prospect Park.

Info: "The 36th season of BRIC’s beloved performing arts festival kicks-off in intergalactic style with a free concert for the ages. Janelle Monáe has declared herself, over the course of one EP [Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), 2007] and two critically acclaimed concept albums (The ArchAndroid, 2010 and The Electric Lady, 2013), as the most…

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Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2014 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Rome Cee - Elektric Hangover produced AmBuSh Music

Elektric Hangover is a two part production metaphorically speaking on Love and the withdrawals thereof. The "Electric" side is an ode to love and the feelings associated with it, which is riddled with Electric Guitar and Bass throughout. The second half is illustrated in a tale of a drinking session and the accompanying mental contemplation that takes place as a result. It leaves one with questions regarding the side effects of the love of…
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Added by Rome Cee on March 30, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Shamari Rockca launches Indiegogo campaign in efforts to make a music video and promote his novel Ataska simultaneously.



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Greetings everyone my name is Shamari Rockca.

Ok so in my beginning for a self-proclaimed campaign to crowdfund a proper music video, the Indiegogo website asks that I be open and honest about what it is that I am campaigning and why.

Ok well I have always wanted to sing. I have always wanted to be an actor and I…

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Added by Shamari Rockca on March 29, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Me and My Dominican Brother

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By: Lamont Jack Pearley 2013 (c)

It’s legal to kill black folk in America

And we got ignant niggas killing black folk in America

Whitey we don’t need your help

Seems like we doing a damn…

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Added by Lamont Jack Pearley Sr. on March 29, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

FEATURE: Misogyny in Hip-Hop - Talib Kweli Speaks Out Again in New Video 'State Of Grace' ft Abby Dobson

In the new video for his track 'State Of Grace' ft. Abby Dobson, Talib Kweli tackles issues about what it feels like for a woman who loves hip-hop and/or grew up listening to hip-hop. "Lost count of how many whores she was called today", "ain’t never been a bitch or a ho but she used to sing along when she heard it in a song", are among the powerful lyrics.

Track from his new album 'Gravitas', available …

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Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Meet Illustrator Barrington Braithwaite

Guyana-based illustrator Barrington Braithwaite is feature on Design Week. Writer Jon Daniel interviewed the artist.

"Many artists and entertainers have roots in Guyana, such as the distinguished playwright, poet and author John Agard; British-based actors Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder and Cy Grant; and musicians such as Phil Lynott,, global superstar Rihanna and Eddy Grant, the platinum-selling musician and entrepreneur. It was Eddy who first mentioned the…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Soul Train & 'The Hippest Trip in America' Book Celebrated on National TV

The legacy of TV show 'Soul Train' and Nelson George's new book The Hippest Trip in America, Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style were spotlighted on CBS this week.

The Hippest Trip in America is out now and can be purchased here.…



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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Carla Aaron-Lopez: Afro-Futuristic Collages and Photography

Flirtatious glimpses of a galaxy, Notorious B.I.G., Black women, and Marcus Garvey placed in colorful collages instantly grabbed my interest as I analyzed the vibrant, afro-futuristic images I admired. There’s something about fluorescent tones, brown skin, and imagination that drives me to the brink of insanity. The work of visual artist Carla Aaron-Lopez is beyond fantastic, to say the least.



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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Unapologetically Hip hop

 

The explosion of hip-hop and black culture in the mainstream music can be unforgiving for artists that don’t fit into the “marketable” mold.  Many artists who blur the lines between cookie cutter genres don’t adhere to many industry sounds or standards, rendering them remainders of the…

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Added by Mali DC on March 28, 2014 at 10:20am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Free Download of Blaqstarr's new EP 'Trinity' before it drops. #SoundCheck

Baltimore's mad genius beatsmith Blaqstarr is more known for his innovative club bangers than for ambiance. But on his latest EP Trinity, the performer/producer slows the beats down and cranks up the reverb for a moody and surprisingly beautiful set of songs.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on March 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

EVENT: 'Labo Ethnik Fashion & Lifestyle' Showcases Afro-Caribbean Talents in Paris May 22-25

AFROPUNK Fam, the 'Labo Ethnik Fashion & Lifestyle' event will showcase Afro-Caribbean talents in Paris from Thursday May 22nd to Sunday May 25th! Fashion, music, culture, dope indie designers that you don't see on the big runways during Fashion Week. Audacious creators who push the boundaries of traditional fashion codes.

Location: "The Labo Ethnik leaves the right bank (Le Marais) to take place on the left bank, on THE DOCKS, (The Fashion and Design Center) more in…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 28, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

So i've been asked recently...

Do i have a boyfriend??? I cut my hair a few months ago and now tgat it is short I find myself dressing way more fem. Ultra fem...but now the questions are rolling in. My sexuality is not a secret its just prevy to someone that I'm interested in. Do I have a boyfriend??? No. Do I have someone I tie up every once in awhile??? Hell yes! lol

Added by Avalon Blu on March 27, 2014 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

My Apology to a Certain Rapper

To a certain recipient, this may be either a late-as-fuck apology or maybe even one just given as a selfish attempt to release himself of Normie Guilt. But I'm going to write it anyway: I have an apology for a certain artists

Fuck it. The artist is Tyler, dammit!

The reason why I give it to him is because I committed the crime of doing what people probably aren't supposed to do: judge someone before they even knew them. When Odd Future hit the scene, I wasn't…

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Added by Lightning Pill on March 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Overcoming Shyness, Failure and Myself

DISCLAIMER: my new website is still in the works. This is one of the blogs I posted on there. I will still be blogging on Afropunk from time to time, but probably only certain ones.
 
If there is anything I need to learn from rock stars past, it's that music is a good way to overcome your shyness.
 
Looking back, I had wondered about all the years I spent not only making music, but never really getting big enough for it. Each…
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Added by Lightning Pill on March 27, 2014 at 11:25am — No Comments

FEATURE: Inky Jack - “Freedom” #SoundCheck

Stream “Freedom,” the latest single from space soul duo Inky Jack. #SoundCheck

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Inky Jack made a big impression with their self-titled EP last year. The single “Red…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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