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Dorm Room Diaries: Schooling Fem Haters



So, what exactly is a feminist and why is there such a stigma that surrounds the word? In this edition of Dorm Room Diaries of a Fem Nerd, Twyla calls out "feminism haters" and pulls out her dictionary to give the official definition of a word, that she feels, is tossed around too loosely.



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Added by Twyla on April 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian



Yes, summer time is rapidly approaching...which means several things-- the end of winter dry skin, time to lightly consider loosing a couple of nasty winter pounds, and ah yes, graduation! The tassels, the gowns, the chance to prove to people for once and for all, yes, punks can actually finish tasks we start. But what's more righteous and punk than being a smarty pants? That's why Afro-punk gives a hats off to Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian, Katie… Continue

Added by T.O.B.E. on April 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Words from a Mixed Girl: Dating outside of your race, get over it!

Flicking through the pages of Essence Magazines, April 2010 Issue, one thing happened to catch my eye. "The Wince," by Jill Scott. Now it wasn't I who read it but my older brother, Ryan, who happens to be mixed. Upon finishing the article, one thing my brother said was, "She's biased." Jill wants the equality that African Americans have searched for for over 400 years for… Continue

Added by Afro-Punk Features on April 28, 2010 at 7:52am — 86 Comments

Reclassified Afro-punk: Donna Summer



Let's get one thing straight, I love Donna Summer. The hair, her sound, all of it. That being stated, you can understand my frustration with her being overlooked as the true punk artists that she is/was during her prime years. This curly haired vocal power house released a double album called "Bad Girls" which mixed rock, funk, blues and soul to electronic beats for crying out loud, but as music history has it, Donna was part of the artists during the 70s that got locked in… Continue

Added by Afro-Punk Features on April 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

The Painted Hides of Punk: Dope Leather Jackets!



"Crusty punks are, generally, irritating and useless pieces of shit. That’s not to say that we don’t have crusty friends or crusty tendencies. We do. And we like a lot of crusty music. But those are the exceptions. Most people of the crusty persuasion are wastes of flesh.

But we sure do love what they wear!..." Check out the dope jackets below!

Source: Vice

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Added by AFROPUNK on April 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Can Kinky Equal Sexy?

The afro. Wow, I don’t know where to begin but I will say this, it’s fucking awesome. Though Blacks are victims to centuries worth of conditioning, I think it’s safe to say that hundreds of years later the fro is rapidly making a comeback... but for how long is it going to stick around this time?



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Added by Afro-Punk Features on April 20, 2010 at 6:21pm — 44 Comments

Cranky, but Who Gives a Fuck: Shellac



Steve Albini has made a career of being a cranky, confrontational, old bastard in constant search of perfect audio fidelity. From his earliest days in the industrial punk band Big Black, Albini has challenged his fans to tolerate him with sarcastic, biting lyrics that often satirize sexism, racism, and homophobia by playing them out to their logical extreme.


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Added by A Nation of Misfits on April 19, 2010 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments

My Dirty Laundry: The elusive intellectual type

So, for my next two blogs, I have two things to do. Well, maybe three. Put one type of fucker on blast and to illustrate for you all what I am looking for (my discovery in abstaining *cough* has been that I have to discover what I want and settle for nothing less). My third is to explore the type who comes after me, and why I never seem to want them. I suppose that would be to analyze human sexuality and why we always want what we can't have.…

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Added by My Dirty Laundry on April 16, 2010 at 3:00am — 16 Comments

Body Modification: Tribal and fashion



Body modification has been around since the beginning of time, for one of the longest times dating back years ago and even prevalent today is body modification in African Tribes. Seen as socially acceptable in African culture as a way to enhance beauty by giving status in tribes, it is also a right of passage from boyhood to manhood in children.



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Added by AFROPUNK on April 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — 25 Comments

Good Girls Gone Bad, Requirement or Reproach?

It’s been a long-accepted ugly truth that when it comes to female pop singers, no matter how much of a good girl you are, you eventually have to go bad. Hell, songs and albums are even being titled as such now. And while there’s always going to be criticism of such an approach, I always try to look at things on a case-by-case basis.


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Added by AFROPUNK on April 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Dorm Room Diary: Chain me Up, Please!

In this edition of Dorm Room Diaries of a Fem Nerd, Twyla praises Georgetown University student protestors for chaining themselves to the statue of their campus founder during a campus tour in protest of Georgetown's anti-choice policies. She goes on to make note of her own college's scary anti-choice options, saying, she would've done the same protest at Hampton during their high school tour day. Go student…
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Added by Twyla on April 9, 2010 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

From the royal class to your closet

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I went to check out a speciality shop located in Harlem. Upon arrival, I peered into a foggy glass window of this brownstone building when a petite young lady, jazzed in a dress laced with Kente cloth opened the door. She led me to a humble little space where another young lady sat amongst mannequins dolled in modern business and formal attire with obvious traces of material commonly used in Ghana. To my surprise, these two women who appeared to be…
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Added by AFROPUNK on April 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

WTF?! Confederate History Month?



Alright, let us get this straight. Virginia Governor (Republican Bob McDonnell) has issued a proclamation declaring April 'Confederate History Month', angering Virginia NAACP & Legislative Black Caucus, and other civil rights leaders. Granted, the official declaration only talks about 'understanding' and 'remembering' this part of US History (you know, the part where some White Southerners fought to secede from the Union and uphold slavery). But knowing that the…
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Added by AFROPUNK on April 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

Big Boys, more than just a Bad Brains fuck up

It's almost criminal that Austin skatepunk pioneers The Big Boys are known more for their pivotal roles in the history of other bands than for their own wonderfully bizarre raucous blend of hardcore, post-punk, jazz, psychedelic, and straight up funk. Mentions of The Big Boys are usually either in the context of discussing onetime opening act The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (my 4th least favorite band...saved only by Breaking…
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Added by A Nation of Misfits on April 7, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Pants On The Ground: Is This A Fashion Statement?



With the Stop The Sag campaign in full effect, sagging pants are all over the news. Some go as far as saying that they hurt minorities' image and we are reminded that the trend was born in prisons, where inmates weren't allowed to keep their belts on. What do you all think of the sagging pants style?

- Lou C-D



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Added by AFROPUNK on April 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — 31 Comments

Dorm Room Diary: No Sex Buggies for Me

In this week's Dorm Room Diary video session, Twyla makes an announcement to Afro-punk about the beauty of STD screening in the month of April. Sending a specific message to the 18-24 year old females out there, Twyla says, this month is for you to get serious!…



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Added by Twyla on April 2, 2010 at 10:00am — 15 Comments

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