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Featured Blog Posts – April 2014 Archive (92)

FEATURE: 'Alien Cartoon' Afrofuturist Fashion Show At Dakar's 100-year-old Train Station

Hi guys, check out the 'Alien Cartoon' project by Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane and her team. They have an Indiegogo campaign if you'd like to support.

Info from the press release: "With Alien Cartoon, her new collection that will be presented in May 2014, Selly Raby Kane throws herself into an urban and futurist Africa, populated by…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Stream 'Curious Cool', the latest EP From Willis Earl Beal #SoundCheck

As the tools of self distribution and DIY networks become stronger, more and more artists are asking the question “why do we even need the labels?” For a former street musician like Willis Earl Beal, a label is little more than a marketing department; a means to a fan base. But it comes with a set of rules and release schedules. A huge chunk of Beal's appeal is that he follows his own muse whatever anyone says. So without any announcement or fanfare, he suddenly released his latest… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 24 Previously Unseen Basquiat Drawings & Paintings On Display in NY May 1 - June 13

Have you heard the news? Twenty-two previously unseen Jean-Michel Basquiat drawings and two paintings will go on display in New York at the Acquavella Gallery, May 1 to June 13, 2014. The pieces are part of collectors Herbert and Lenore Schorr's collection. The press release states: "Herbert and Lenore Schorr began collecting the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1981, before his first New York exhibition. “During the artist’s seminal years 1982-83 the Schorrs acquired several of…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 30, 2014 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Magic Mouth's Video For 'Mother Lode'

We already introduced you to Portland-based post-punk band Magic Mouth. Today we're premiering the video for the epic ballad 'Mother Lode'.

Info: "Video directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, best known for their work as co-directors of feature documentaries. After years of Palmieri doing videos for the likes of Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, and…

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury Follows Up 'God's Whisper' Anthem With Love Song 'Sunshine'

In case you missed it, 17-year-old Atlanta-based artist Raury has been buzzing with his epic single and video 'God's Whisper'. The follow up tune "Sunshine' shows his versatility. It's a duet with vocalist Ari, written and produced by Raury himself. Stream it below!…

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Alternative Fashion by Daft Minerva

Designer Dario Mohr brings his talents as a visual artist and cartoonist to his fashion line Daft Minerva. Hand-painted clothes, accessories such as jewelry and hats, one-of-a-kind pieces, eccentric but accessible.

Check out some of his designs below!

- L.…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 29, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Black Americana - Reclaiming The Beauty WIthin Our Stories

I am a visual and creative griot following in the afrikan tradition. I'm a storyteller and I focus on telling stories that redefine, re-appropriate and explore "BLACK AMERICANA," highlighting and finding the beauty in both the contributions, contradictions, pain and pride within "our stories", and thus hoping to discover and re-claim the beauty within my own. I use my acting, creative writing, photography and visual art as modalities for making sure my creative vision and voice…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Revisiting The Trailblazers - The Importance of 90's Hip-Hop

1990 was a beautiful year for hip-hop. Artists like Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and many others released works expressing how young, black men felt about the world at that time. Among all the albums released, even in their differences, they all carried the same 90’s feel. The same conscious vibration. These young artists were capturing black consciousness and pride into clever lyrics and old school record samples. The emergence of pride and…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Andy Allo's 'Unstoppable'

Prince protegee Andy Allo is sharing a free download of her track 'Unstoppable'. Click here to grab it (password: wellsfargo).



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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Pop Rocker Jetta's New Single 'Crescendo' Produced by Pharrell Williams

We told you UK pop rocker Jetta was making major moves! Her new single 'Crescendo' is produced by none other than Pharrell Williams. It's the first single from her upcoming EP. Stay tuned!…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Outkast Reunite Back Home At Counterpoint Festival

"The south has something to say," famous words hollered by Big Boi at the Source Awards in 1995. Flash forward 20 years and the people in the south are at the edge of their seat waiting anxiously despite extreme weather conditions to hear the South's most beloved duo say something!

The past three days at the Counterpoint Festival 2014 at Kingston Downs, GA have been something close to magical, full of excitement, bare breasts & asses, and a musical lineup that has left…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Murray A. Lightburn of The Dears' Solo Project 'MASS:LIGHT'

For years, Murray Lightburn has used his group The Dears as more than just a place to sculpt out orchestrated rock music, but a place for him to exorcise all of his demons, including social issues such as race and religion. On Mass: Light, Lightburn strikes out on his own to create an antihero to represent the bearer of all of his inner demons. The result is that he has birthed a character we can all relate to through a concept album that blends electronica, soul, pop,…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Naomi Pilgrim takes you to her otherworldly 'House Of Dreams'

Swedish indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim already has a critically-acclaimed EP under her belt and she's getting ready to release her new single 'House Of Dreams' next month. You can stream the song below!…





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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AP Fashion: Spring Trend Report

Letting go of those layers can be daunting. However, Mother Winter has finally eased up! With spring pieces and collections being released faster than greenhouse gases, looking foolish is foreseeable. Even if you’d prefer to fringe on the outside of popular culture and dodge mainstream trends, everyone could use a bit of the fashawns. It is individual interpretation that is paramount.



By Chauncey Glenn, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: New image of Andre 3000 in Jimi Hendrix biopic surfaces

A new image of Andre 3000 in the Jimi Hendrix biopic 'All Is By My Side' has surfaced. Some say it was revealed by USA Today. Although the source is not confirmed, we can officially confirm that DAMMMMN, Andre has a striking resemblance to Hendrix! :)

Let us know what you think and watch a scene from the movie below. 'All Is By My Side' will be released on June 13th in U.S. theaters, and on August 8th in the UK.…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: "I celebrate strong women with my headwrap line Fanm Djanm"

My name is Paola, and I am a lifestyle blogger based in NYC. I'm originally from Haiti, and I write about everything NYC related. I also love to share some of my Haitian heritage with my followers because to me where I'm from really matters and is a very important part of my story. I recently started a headwrap line called, "Fanm Djanm". In my language, it means "Strong Woman."

I'm starting with the headwrap because:…

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Added by Safety Pins on April 25, 2014 at 12:41pm — 5 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie/Alt R&B Artist King Avriel's 'Caricatures'

Indie Alt R&B artist King Avriel likes to challenge common beliefs and stereotypes through her lyrics. After very well received tracks such as freedom (see video below in case you missed it), she's getting ready to release her first full project soon. Check out 'Caricatures', the latest track she released.…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments

FEATURE: “Afrofuturist” Tunde Olaniran is the 'Yung Archetype'

Tunde Olaniran’s Yung Archetype EP is a collection of five seriously rad jawns, an irreproachable amalgam of gnomic lyrics and biting social commentary. Olaniran flips effortlessly between satiny vocals before laying down rhymes dripping wet with polished jewels. First track “Brown Boy” head butts age old stereotypes about a black man's place in society as well as the exploitation and appropriation of his people, with a backdrop of 808’s and electropop pulses.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

NEWS: New Lenny Kravitz Album 'Strut' To Be Released in September!

It's official, there's a new Lenny Kravitz album coming this year! Billboard reports: "Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sevendust goes acoustic on their latest 'Time-Travelers & Bonfires' #SoundCheck

Alternative metal stalwarts Sevendust tried their hand at an acoustic album ten years ago with Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live. The collection of live recordings showcased the musicality beneath Sevendust's rage. The band re-explores that softer side in their latest studio album, the acoustic Time-Travelers & Bonfires.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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