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Featured Blog Posts – April 2015 Archive (130)

Get Involved: Support the Baltimore Bail Fund

One of the many ways the police use to quell dissent is to set high bails coupled with mass arrests of protesters. More often than not, the charges are for nebulous offenses like "resisting arrest" and "obstructing traffic." The police use vaguely defined language to justify charges, which more often than not are eventually dropped at the bench. Though bails are ultimately refunded once the arrestee shows up for their day in court, the obstacle of having to pay either an…

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Added by The Establishment on April 30, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Zoë Kravitz features boldly in new Flaunt magazine editorial

Check out these stunning images of Zoë Kravitz! The editorial, lensed by Zackery Michael, features in the latest issue of Flaunt magazine and captures the actress boldly. Check out the images below (note: some of the images contain partial nudity). 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Ignorance Ain't All That Bliss: The Necessary Conversation On Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Uprising, Social Media and Social Justice

Whenever racial tensions peak in America is when I really know who are my ride or dies when it comes to discussing social justice on social media. Since Ferguson, I've had to engage in constant purges of deleting "friends" who were saying the most ignorant shit to where I almost wanted to just go find their parents, former teachers, hell even God, and ask what happened...where did we go wrong.

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FEATURE: Protests in several US cities over Freddie Gray death - more than a hundred arrested in NYC rally

Last night protests took place in several US cities over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died this month while in police custody in Baltimore (sustaining a severed spine). In a move to deter protesters - and to avoid the social unrest in Baltimore sparked off by his death - more than a hundred people were arrested last night as protesters marched through Manhattan. The rally which began in Union Square was used to denounce the death of Freddie Gray and to…

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Added by The Establishment on April 30, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt R&B musician Elle Pierre releases new EP, ‘Nele’

Listen to 'Nele', the new EP from alt R&B singer-songwriter Elle Pierre. The Brooklyn based Californian musician is inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu and Faith Evans, and attributes her sound, in her own words, to "inherent, deep seeded roots in gospel, jazz and soul as well her love for nostalgic 90s music". Get into her sound below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Ronyca

Meet Ronyca. This girl's high top is to die for. The end - Lincoln Center



By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor 

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FEATURE: The Radical Poetry of Abiodun Oyewole (of Spoken Word Group The Last Poets)

Socially conscious and politically charged—this describes the profound poetry of Abiodun Oyewole, one of the founding members of the revolutionary, spoken word group “The Last Poets”. The Last Poets emerged during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s; they were heavily inspired by the work and teachings of Malcolm X, and used their radical, rhythmic poetry as a tool for spreading awareness and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 29, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Mental Illness: The Most Ignored Pandemic Within Our Communities

It is no secret mental illness is often times kept secret within African American communities. I remember the first time I saw a black person talk about mental health on TV was when I was 16 years old. It happened during a stand up special on Comedy Central in which DL Hughley so eloquently and hysterically described an instance in which he approached his mother, frazzled and wild eyed, convinced he had multiple personalities disorder. She, completely unbothered,…
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Added by Robust on April 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Ibeyi are going on the road - headlining first ever U.S. tour

Ibeyi, made up of twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, are set to headline their first ever U.S. tour. The debut will be apart of the French-Cuban duo's international tour, which will see them play three continents, beginning on October 7th. Take a look at the dates below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Seattle Woman Punched By Cop Sues City For Civil Rights Abuses

Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, is suing the city of Seattle for $1,000,000 after having her eye socket fractured by Officer Adley Shepherd last year. As if shit weren't already out of hand. However, it's hard not to admire her tactics. The only thing conservatives in America love more than the cops is fighting tax increases. So why not make them choose between continuing to refuse to hold the police accountable or raising taxes to be able to continue to fund police…

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FEATURE: D'Angelo and the Vanguard heading on tour this summer

Who's heading to the D'Angelo tour? The soul man - who made his return last year (after fourteen years) with acclaimed album, 'Black Messiah' - is set to go on the road this summer with his band, The Vanguard. The tour, titled 'The Second Coming', will kick off on June 7th in Oakland,…

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FEATURE: "A new ebony, lead, female character" - new Sci-Fi Comic 'Celflux'

Take a look at new Sci-Fi comic Celflux. The action-adventure comic - created by the husband and wife team of Dixie Ann Archer-McBain and Everad J. McBain Jr. - follows young priestess Okira who becomes the leader of a disjointed group of strangers, after they wake up in a remote lab with no memory of how how they got there or what happened to them. The group then seek out the answers to their questions, all while they try to evade the pursuit of a powerful group.…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The paintings of Trinidadian artist and poet Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Check out the art of poet and visual artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, her work - created primarily with watercolor and ink - centres on female identity, finding inspiration in the work of artists such as Picasso and Frida Kahlo. In an interview last year, Boodoo-Fortuné described her work as "a celebration of the…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Check Out The New Collaboration Between Sam Dew and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek #Soundcheck

Atlanta art-rock collective Cloud Eater came and disappeared just as quickly, but former singer Sam Dew has struck out on his own with his stunning Damn Sue EP. Produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, the EP features typically Sitekian atmosphere, putting Sam Dew's powerful voice front and center. The EP is streaming on Youtube and available on iTunes now. Check it…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Youth Man Stake Their Claim To Loudest Band In The UK With Their New EP 'Hill of Knives.' #SoundCheck

Youth Man's music occupies the space somewhere between discovering a badly decomposed body under the boards in the basement and having put it there yourself. Tales of horror and death permeate the band's latest EP Hill of Knives. It's a record that digs its talons into your skin and doesn't let go until it's full.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The sound of hardcore punk band First World Problems

Listen to the sound of now disbanded punk group First World Problems (made up of Lynette on vocals, Reece on drums, Bryan on bass, and Jonny on guitar). Although the hardcore rockers recently announced their split, front woman Lynette is currently developing a new band. Check out her hard-hitting vocals below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream La Bronze's Gorgeous Self-Titled Debut #SoundCheck

With a voice somehow reminiscent of Nena by way of Lianne La Havas, Québécoise singer La Bronze makes a breed of indie pop that's simultaneously nostalgic and forward thinking. Big analog synths and 80's straight ahead beats dominate an album also full of 2nd wave post-punk bass and the occasional neo-soul nod. It's a melange of sounds and cultures that captures focus and attention on her self-titled full length.



By Nathan Leigh,…

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Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2015 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

CONTAGIOUS POSITIVITY: "11-Year-Old Ramarni Wilfred Joins Mensa; Has Higher IQ Than Einstein"

Meet 11-year old Ramarni Wilfred, one of Britain's brightest kids. After taking a Mensa test, Ramarni - from Romford, England - has now been told that he has a higher IQ level than Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. Ramarni, who began reading by age 3 and writing from 18 months, was invited to take the IQ test after he was welcomed to Oxford University's graduation ceremony for a 2:1 awarded essay that he had written. In response to his IQ,…

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Added by The Establishment on April 27, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - The Three Faces

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'The Three Faces'. Nadya tells us: "The details of the painting are really in the glasses. In the first girl on the left it features images I've seen of civil rights in the past [inspired by Angela Davis among others]. On the right are pictures of the current "don't shoot" symbols. The painting is 18x24, watercolor and liquid ink."…



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Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2015 at 10:46am — No Comments

FEATURE: Using Shapes - The Paintings of Jameela Bailey

Take a look at the work of Jameela Bailey. Currently studying graphic design and animation at New York's Pratt institute, Bailey's vision, in her words, is to "capture everyday people in the most beautiful way"; and her unique style of doing so - painting with shapes - has developed over the last four years,  inspired by the stained glass portraits in churches and cathedrals. Describing her process, Bailey says: "When I paint, I do preliminary sketches first to map…

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