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March 2016 Blog Posts (192)

FEATURE: Photographer Wagner Alvz expresses message of queer black youth acceptance in series “Le Twins”

In his photo series “Le Twins” Brazilian photographer Wagner Alvz captures the wicked aesthetic of models Slim Soledad and Mateos Vilarrue. Inspired by the violent and phobic rhetoric towards and misunderstanding of queer black identities, Alvz uses the series as a means of empower through representation and the promotion of acceptance and love. Soledad and…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Edmonton-based R&B/Rock/Soul singer Karimah sits down with Brnesh Berhe, AFROPUNK contributor

It’s been just over 10 years since Ashanti Marshall started playing shows in halls and cafes in and around her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. At 18 she co-founded the rock band, Noisy Colours, and began to really find her bearings in the otherwise very male dominated – and often very white – indie and punk scenes.



After selling out her final show with her former band – who grew to become favourites in clubs around Edmonton – Marshall has gone solo once more. Now…

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FEATURE: Check out the impressive editorial and beauty photography of Toronto-based Wade Hudson

Wade Hudson is a super-talented photographer who was born and raised in Jamaica and now resides in Toronto. The artist shoots seemingly effortless beauty and editorial photography, causing his work to appear both glamorous and somehow accessible. Hudson has a pretty impressive client list which includes Def Jam Islands Recordings, New Balance, The Body Shop, Samsung, and more. Check out some of our favorite photos down below and catch him on Instagram.…



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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Listen to Memphis singer Apollo Mighty’s passionate new release "Happiness (Priorities)"

"Happiness (Priorities)" is the passionate new R&B track from Memphis singer Apollo Mighty. The single is a declaration of dedication, a pledge of allegiance if you will, to an unseen entity; which makes the track all the more relatable. Apollo’s voice is the real stand-out, as his rich tonality and impressive range soars over the dramatic and swelling melody. "'Happiness (Priorities)', is about evaluating life choices and deciding where to place your focus. For…

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FEATURE: Brooklyn’s teen metal collective Unlocking The Truth announces release date for debut EP

The Brooklyn-based teen metal collective (and AFROPUNK Fest alums) Unlocking The Truth has announced the planned release of their first full-length album “Chaos”. Scheduled to come out on June 17 thanks to distributor Tunecore. Megadeath/Pop Evil/Disturbed music producer, Johnny K will be producing the debut as well. "We can't wait for everyone to hear our album. We've worked very hard to give the fans something they'll love and never forget. We hope they are able to relate…

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Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Calma Carmona drops “Sin Final (Remix)” video feat. Mike Towers

We’re starting the morning off right with a premiere of Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Calma Carmona’s “Sin Final (Remix)” ft. Mike Towers. Once again, Carmona finds herself singing outside, her naturalistic mystic becoming a bit of a trademark with Calma as a wise sage dolling out…

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NEW MUSIC: Experimental jazz/dark R&B singer Hadassah. releases rich and deeply personal “Oakmere Drive” EP

Experimental jazz/dark R&B singer Hadassah. just released her third EP "Oakmere Drive". A dark, moody, and deeply personal examination of personal loss and the strength that can be gleaned from it. "This last year of my life has been a roller coaster. I lost my mother to lung cancer, all while finishing college. My sisters and I sold our home on Oakmere…

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Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2016 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Art Hoe Collective celebrates writer Helen Oyeyemi & favorite new art pieces for Women’s History Month

“I sometimes get asked: "How come the men in your stories don't have such strong characters?" And I'm like: "I don't care." I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live” - Helen Oyeyemi



As International Women’s Month comes to a close, the struggle as an African American woman to find yourself represented in art and literature in a way that doesn’t cater to the age old tropes remains. It is hard to see ourselves forced into the…

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NEW MUSIC: Open Mike Eagle and Paul White's 'Hella Personal Film Festival' Is A Goddamn Masterpiece #SoundCheck

At this point, I greet every Open Mike Eagle Record as a holiday. Clear the schedule (or at least find an hour or two to turn the phone off and close my e-mail tabs) and listen with headphones and sink in to Eagles strange universe. On an impressive run starting with 2012's 4NML HSPTL, each new release from the self-proclaimed art-rapper has set the bar higher; offering a new banquet of boundary-pushing sounds, insightful juxtapositions, and choice lines. “Rap music has ruined me /… Continue

Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RACIALLY CHARGED BLACK NOVEL RELEASED BY DIVERSE INDIE PRESS

Images online of the novel's cover featuring an African American man and the title SPOOK raised initial concern among Black viewers.

Newly formed independent publisher Brooklyn Apache Press, a company devoted to…

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Added by Carltonholder on March 30, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out the natural hair textured lovelies featured by Brazilian photographer Chico Ramalho

Check out the natural (and vibrantly colored) hair textured lovelies featured by Chico Ramalho, a Brazilian editorial and lifestyle photographer. Ramalho often place his ‘natural’ models in scenic environments, juxtaposing human beauty against the beauty of the natural world. You can follow him and is work on Facebook and…

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk x Nat Turner release instrumental "The Knock"

"The Knock" is a contemporary jazz track by Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk and the band Nat Turner. The song is the latest release from the long-time collaborators upcoming project, a live instrumental album called "The Rebellion Sessions", out Apr. 4th. The brief single cuts straight to the point, opening with a pleasant and steady stream of afro-beat-laden jazz rhythms which are adorned with ambiguous and complimentary backing vocals.



"I've been…

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FEATURE: Musician/activist Mykki Blanco goes in on the Gay Establishment’s exclusion of gay black men

After Sony songwriter Jesse Saint John tweeted an observation about the inclusivity (or lack thereof) of POC within the public and private gay community, musician and activist Mykki Blanco fired off a series of tweets (and is sill going at it) under #GayMediaSoWhite about tokenism and white supremacy. Similar to the ways in…

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FEATURE: Loïs Mailou Jones: Inside & Outside of The Harlem Renaissance

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Dauntless shapes spreading through its own choices, evidence of brush strokes from the tip of an artist's brush reconstructing into an instrument for advancing a mentality to forward its uniqueness with a requirement that aims to claiming & owning a freedom, proliferating paintings with peace to a dimension called works of Art. This is how I visually feel when I place my eyes into the paintings of Loïs Mailou Jones (November 3rd, 1905-June…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: GAIKA Delivers Defiant Message With “The Villainous Theme”

Four months after the release of his" MACHINE" EP, UK lyricist GAIKA is back with the ominously titled, "The Villainous Theme." The title may perhaps be slightly misleading, as GAIKA is in no way the villain here. Channeling his unique brand of dusky, electro-grime and dancehall harmonies, he delivers his doomful bulletin of rebellion against the cycle of oppression. Now is not the time for complacency or turning a blind eye. The Brixton vocalist urges us all to stay…

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NEW MUSIC: Electro-soul musician Jesse Boykins III releases impassioned single "Losing You"

Check out new music from electro-soul musician Jesse Boykins III with his recently release "Losing You", a song from his forthcoming visual album "Bartholomew". The Chrome Sparks-produced track is an impassioned, electro-R&B plea plagued with relatable longing, regret, and desperation to preserve what was or what could have been before it’s too late.…

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FEATURE: Black Vegans Rock - Esosa E. (aka "RAW GIRL")

My adventure as a vegan started out as an informal student of health trying to absorb all I could about plant-based living to become the best version of me. That process has surprisingly led to me now serving as a teacher or guide for others who are looking for inspiration on their own paths to optimal health.

It's been almost fifteen years since I first decided to cut out all meat and animal products from my diet. At the time, I just didn't like the way I felt eating meat…

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FEATURE: São Paulo’s Batekoo party hosts 8th black LGBT nightlife event

São Paulo’s black LGBT Batekoo party comes to its eighth edition and has been a point for the expression of Brazilian black diversity. As the Salvador edition (which we talked about …

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Urban hard rocker Bizzythowed releases confrontational track “Life Is Here”

Bizzythowed’s big break occurred when his second grade teacher had him playing rhythm on the wooden blocks set. Fast-forward a few decades, Biz is now a guitarist for The Weeknd, and he has accrued much experience working in the studio with and writing songs for some of today’s biggest names in hip-hop. Distinguishing himself form his contemporaries with his…

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FEATURE: Letícia Rodrigues and photographer Thássio Dias collaborate on carefree empowerment series

Letícia Rodrigues and photographer Thássio Dias collaborate for sunny, carefree photo series about empowerment and showcasing beauty where society tells us there is none. "It’s a statement about feminist empowerment, and against racism and fatphobia," says Dias.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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