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Featured Blog Posts – April 2013 Archive (12)

Afrofuturism: A Talk With Artist Coco Fusco - Black Subjectivity Meets Science-Fiction

Ignited at the intersection of social commentary and imagination, the cultural undercurrent of Afrofuturism critiques and examines Black subjectivity through the lens of science-fiction. Popularized by such musicians as Sun Ra, George Clinton and, most recently, Janelle Monáe, the Afrofuturist aesthetic has come into conversation amongst a new generation of youth and young adults that literally experience the world as cyborgs, both existing in person and as their online avatars…

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Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Empowerment or Just a marketing ploy to sell products to women of color?

Hi guys, please tell us what you think about the piece The New York Times recently published about the Procter & Gamble campaign "My Black Is Beautiful", their new documentary "Imagine A Future", while the company also makes/markets skin-bleaching products.

Excerpts:

"The documentary does not mention that Olay, a Procter & Gamble…

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Added by The Race Card on April 26, 2013 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

Farea Al-Muslimi, a Yemeni youth activist testimony at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

Well this is a first! The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights had Yemeni youth activist and writer Farea Al-Muslimi give a testimony on why drone strikes are doing more harm to America than good. He…

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Added by The Establishment on April 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Oh Shit! Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman & more team up for Youtube channel JASH. Hilarity ensues :)

Afropunk Festival alum Reggie Watts teamed up with Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for a (not always safe for work!) Youtube channel: JASH. Some of the outrageous videos are posted below. We already told you about Watts' new satire of "mainstream" music 'If You're F*cking, You're F*cking' (which "should help clarify…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 24, 2013 at 8:49am — No Comments

"It's time to admit that Goth culture has a race problem"

Hi guys, we're just sharing an article about goth people of color and "race politics" in goth culture. It quotes many articles we've published, such as 'GOTH. The Aesthetic and The Subculture: Getting Past the Stupid Shit.' and …

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2013 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

Portraits of an All-Female Fighting Unit of the Free Syrian Army

It's no secret that Syria is damn war zone. So much so, and outrageously so, that the conservative Muslim woman of Syria have begun to take up arms. Many of the them widows, they argue "What other choice do I have". Check their chilling/inspiring stories …

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Added by The Establishment on April 19, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

"Confessions of a Hair Weave Addict"

The Huffington Post recently published a piece called "Confessions of a Hair Weave Addict" in which filmmaker Erikka Yancy shares her thoughts about her relationship to her hair and about the fact that she's used hair weaves for most of her life.

Excerpts: "Before anyone gets upset I am not saying that women who get hair weaves have fantasies of being white. This is…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Janelle Monae by Kwaku Alston for Essence Magazine

Stunning images of Janelle Monae by photographer Kwaku Alston are floating around the web. They're from the photo shoot they did for the current issue of Essence Magazine. Alston says that they are inspired by "sci-fi dreams and colorful space travel". "Ultimately, I wanted to capture my original vision: Janelle Monae lands on Mars. She flies over Malibu via balloon transport (I didn’t have the funds for a 10 foot UFO), floating in a haze of pastel colors, and lands on an old…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 17, 2013 at 6:39am — 6 Comments

2013 AFROPUNK SUMMER INTERNSHIPS - APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 15

AFROPUNK is looking for energetic, motivated and skilled interns who can work a flexible schedule (approximately 15 – 20 hours a week). Normal business hours are from 10:00am – 6:00pm, occasional odd hour work or weekend duties. Office is located in Brooklyn, NY.…

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Added by AFROPUNK on April 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

To (All) the White Girls Who Didn’t Get Into the College of Their Dreams,

A real account and tell-it-like-it-is via …

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Added by The Establishment on April 10, 2013 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Our Issues: Interview with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

Founded in 2003, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a policy advocacy group based in Washington D.C. that focuses on the issues of queer Black people. Given the increasing conversation about queer identities, both…

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Added by Sound Check on April 9, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe on Display after 60 years of being locked away

When Frida Kahlo passed away, her passionate artist husband Diego Rivera asked that her clothes be locked away for 15 years. He died 3 years later and Kahlo's massive wardrobe and estate were left in the care of a family friend/collector who kept the clothes, shoes, hats and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 2, 2013 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

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