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Featured Blog Posts – March 2014 Archive (82)

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

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.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 11:00am — 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

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

Africa Now! Festival At The Apollo Theater in New York April 2 - 6!

Hey guys, if you're in the New York area, check out the Africa Now! Festival at the Apollo Theater April 2 - 6, 2014.

Info: "The Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute present the second edition of its popular music festival, Africa Now!, a four day celebration spotlighting today’s African music scene. The festival’s centerpiece event, a blow-out concert on the Apollo’s Mainstage, will showcase a griot trio from Senegal, a roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The SamOffThaRecord Experience: Watch The Duck x T.I.

Hello again AFROPUNK Community! Welcome back to “The SamOffThaRecord Experience”. Lights! Camera!! Action!!! In this episode I take you behind the scenes at the Watch The Duck x "The King Of The South", T.I's video shoot for "Girlfriend" from WTD's 'Anatidaephobia' (meaning: the fear a duck is watching you) project. The concoction of Watch The Duck's sound which is a fusion of dubstep, soul, r&b, hip hop and trapstep along with the south's most beloved practitioner of the…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 1:56pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The New Brooklyn: Gentrification through the eyes of 4 Clinton Hill natives

I stepped out on the corner of St. James and Fulton Street wide-eyed and confused. I had no idea where I was. Never mind the fact I’d spent 15 years walking these streets, and living just above the now vacant karate building. My elementary school was around the corner. The corner store I went to before work had become a gourmet deli. The flower shop I passed by in the spring time on my way to the Laundromat had disappeared 6 months ago, only to be replaced by something the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: "De La Soul and the late great J. Dilla present 'Smell The Da.I.S.Y.' the mixtape"

Get the brand-new mixtape De La Soul released today: "De La Soul and the late great J. Dilla present 'Smell The Da.I.S.Y.' the mixtape".

Click right HERE for the free download, you're welcome!

Visit wearedelasoul.com for more info.…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Afrobeat Madness With Underground System's Video 'Bella Ciao'

Pump up the volume and get ready to shake your thang to some high-energy Afrobeat! We're premiering Underground System's new video 'Bella Ciao'.

The Underground System team tells us: "The video for Bella Ciao takes place at a ‘zumba-esque’ fitness class gone terribly wrong. Frontwoman Domenica Fossati (a real life certified Zumba instructor and African Dancer) whips the band and friends into a frenzied dance, emphasizing the closing lyrics of the song: MORTO PER LA LIBERTÀ…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sonya Teclai's New Video 'Detached'

Today we're premiering singer/rapper/songwriter Sonya Teclai's new video 'Detached'. The track is from her debut EP Veridical Paradox, a release mixing sensual, funky and hard-hitting tracks available as a free download below.

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2014 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

EVENT REVIEW: AFROPUNK Rocked London! - Part 2

So here we are, for the second and final part of this Afropunk double-bill in London, UK. It’s a chilling, cold evening, but something in the air makes it clear as the sky is tonight that the city is slowly warming up to the movement. The previous week’s show was a great success, and though the ‘feminist’ (for lack of a better word) issue seems to have slipped under…

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Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Bi Matters: Female Bisexuality Misconceptions in the Queer Community

When I initially met my best friend, she identified as specifically queer and avoided the dreaded “bisexual” term like a cat avoids water. It wasn’t until recently that she confidently accepts bisexuality as a part of her identity. Why, you ask? Because bi-haters. The worst part is, I didn’t realize, for the longest time, my own prejudice against bisexuality was no better than the bi-haters I’d actively accused.

In mainstream consciousness, the queer community is seen as a…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 25, 2014 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

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