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Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (13)

The Problem With 'Django Unchained': Why Tarantino’s Latest Film Does Nothing for Race in Hollywood

With new film stills revealed and a trailer probably not far off either, the buzz around Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated ninth studio film Django Unchained is beginning to reach dizzying new heights of hyperbole. People are naturally excited because it’s Tarantino, the director responsible for such cult and mainstream hits as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2, and most recently, Inglourious Basterds. But there are also some just as…


Added by Eye Candy on April 30, 2012 at 12:25pm — 7 Comments

Opinion: Race & Class - Is There Liberation In Trying to Be Like Those Who Oppress You?

"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." - Audre Lorde- Sister Outsider

I got into a discussion about race and class and a question was posed- in this society, are we enslaved mentally according to race and/or class? I took this to mean- does race and class dictate our "social mobility". Does it confine us in the social (and private!) spheres? Do we buy into these arbitrary confines and are we therefore mentally enslaved by them?

Hmph. Race.…


Added by The Establishment on April 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Coming Soon: Skunk Anansie Unleash New Album & Tour

Get ready motherfuckers! Skunk Anansie said they will release a new album this year, and will reveal 20 tour dates. They announced: "These dates will mark Skunk Anansie’s only touring activity for 2012 and the European trek will finish at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 1st. The full list of dates and tickets will go on pre-sale on Wednesday 25th from the band’s website and general sale from Friday 27th…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 23, 2012 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Visual Artist Jaszmine Hawkins: "Lips Have Their Own Personality"!

Today we're sharing vibrant art by member Jaszmine Hawkins, who founded the 'Alt Art' group for visual artists on AP. Jaszmine is from New Jersey and likes to hang out in Brooklyn's alternative scenes. She tells us: "The whole idea of having these characters with exaggerated lips started from my Mom's obsession with lips, when I…


Added by Eye Candy on April 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

"You Resurrected Tupac For That?" Pimping a Dead Man's Violent Lyrics & Violent End for Commercial Gain

This week, everyone seems to be buzzing about late rapper Tupac's "appearance" at Coachella as a hologram. Most people were just wowed by the surprise effect. But our acquaintance Kelly Virella (from Dominion of New York) shared quite a different point of view. She wrote: "I was a fan of his before he was killed and own a few of his CDs. (...) But Tupac also made music that epitomizes the worst of hip-hop, the gun-toting, gang-banging, woman-hating kind. I held my breath when I…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 18, 2012 at 10:33am — 17 Comments

In Skateboarding, A Black Brooklyn Woman Breaks Barriers

In 2007, Traci Johnson, 41, founded Culture Skateboards with her husband Jay to support and promote young skateboarders from New York City. While teaching her nephew to skate, Johnson was astonished to hear young skaters talk about achieving fame and fortune as if that were the purpose of the sport. A lifelong skater, she decided to start an organization that would not only teach kids how to skate, but educate them about the history and culture of…


Added by APX on April 17, 2012 at 11:09am — 3 Comments

New York African Film Festival - Five Movies To Watch Out For

The 19th Annual New York African Film Festival launched April 11 at Lincoln Center, and this year’s batch of movies are as inspiring as they are entertaining. In recent years, there has been more and more discussion about the plight of diasporic filmmakers and what to do about the lack of opportunity and representation that black people face in Hollywood. Luckily, the AFF this year is proving yet again that there are strides being made all over (take the…


Added by Eye Candy on April 16, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Photographer Mamaki Rakotsoana Takes Dope Self-Portraits And Is Afro-punk's First Correspondent in Africa!

Hey guys, we're very excited and would like to introduce you to our first correspondent in Africa, Ms. Mamaki Rakotsoana, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mamaki has a passion for photography. Below are some of her dope self-portrait. She tells us: "This series of photographic works explores my father’s past family album pictures with my own reworked photographs exploring the feeling of ‘lonesome’ I feel present in my father’s photographs. Photographs have a unique status of…


Added by Eye Candy on April 13, 2012 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

Black Witch: "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (Paganism & Sex)

Paganism in general is pretty sex-positive. In that sex is seen as part of nature and that it’s natural to have sexual drive and desire. We have at least two holidays for it on the Wheel of the Year, Beltane and Ostara (Spring Equinox). We’re pretty open to contraception, the first use of contraception was used in Mesopotamia and early Egypt – Egyptians invented the first condom, actually. Sexuality is seen as natural so if you’re heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual,…


Added by The Establishment on April 11, 2012 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

AP Quickie: Santigold - New Tour Dates & A Possible Odd Future Collab?

As she's gearing up for the release of her album 'Master of My Make-Believe' (May 1st), Santigold is not about to stop touring the country. She announced numerous new tour dates (full schedule below), so she's probably coming to your area soon.... In other news, the artist stated that she and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt would like to collab some time. Nothing precise yet, we'll see what happens!…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 6, 2012 at 7:37am — 7 Comments

Confessions of a BLACK Dominatrix: Feelings & Bottom Line Hurt?

Part of working in the BDSM community professionally is being able to market yourself. Of course, many of our clientele are used to seeing thin, white girls with huge breasts in painted-on latex. But for the black and brown kinksters, being black and brown poses its own individual problems as far as marketing and promotion are concerned. There’s a part of me that will always be the weird girl in the big room. I was weird throughout junior high as well as high school. I was also…


Added by Sexual Politics on April 6, 2012 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

REVIEW + Free Download: The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown 'Volume 1' Ft. George Clinton & Many More

Funk is not a genre known for restraint or minimalism. It's generally at its best when it goes as far over the top as possible. So it's no surprise that the most exciting new project in funk is the 100+ member Big Ol' Nasty Getdown. Born out of a jam between members of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band in 2007, bassist John Heintz, joined forces with guitarist John-Paul Miller and trombonist Derrick Johnson to form a studio project they called The Big…


Added by Sound Check on April 4, 2012 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Spotlight: Jamaican BLACK SURFER CHICK Imani Wilmot

Jamaica is not only known for its track and field stars but for its surfers. The Caribbean island has a strong history of surfing dating back to the 1960’s. Imani Wilmot, 21, also referred to as Jamaica’s “Daughter of Surfing” is the country’s top female surfer. This past summer,Imani was the first Jamaican female to win the Makka Pro International Surfing Championships. At the age of 9, Imani began surfing, she learned from her father, President of the Jamaican Surfers…


Added by APX on April 2, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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