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April 2017 Blog Posts (178)

Talking The Lives Of Men With Founder Jason Rosario

Jason Rosario - Founder of The Lives of Men

During one of my occasional scrolls through the depths of Facebook, I came across a “Now This” video of a finely dressed man, describing the portrayal of men of color in the media.  In launching…


Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on April 30, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Hi y'all,

More progress is happening with the RIDE OR DIE documentary, but we've been running into a lot of scheduling issues which makes it hard to update this blog. Instead of focusing on the bad, I'll tell you about the good things: we were awarded with 2 budget increases, we have enough male speakers, we've began editing, we've hired a graphic designer and we have a theme song! I'm confident that everything well be handed in on time, but for anyone who has planed this type of…


Added by Ekelle on April 29, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments


Hey Interweb!

It's been quite the journey, but our all female EP is finally here! We decided to call  it Beauties & THE BEAT

I uploaded it to soundcloud last night and we are now all in the process of sharing the information and getting as many listeners as possible! It wasn't easy to get this project all together, what with managing 5 different schedules, rehearsing, writing,…


Added by Ekelle on April 29, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Inquiring vaginas need answers... (LINK FIXED)

If I don't shave my leg hair but wear skirts because my gyn said it'll help eliminate the threat of yeast infections but now when I get pedicures my crotch is forever in exposure but that doesn't necessarily bother me am I even a feminist? Asking for a friend.

Click here to take my survey on women (open to all genders) 

Added by Disgruntled Millennial on April 29, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

— The American Mentality —

My name is Mathis, I'm black & white. Being a "light skin black guy" or mulatto, biracial, mixed, whatever, has its pros and cons. As I grew up, I've dealt with many black people saying "You can't say nigga, you're white" or "White boy" and every other stupid insulting epithet on that side of the spectrum, then I've been called the other bad words white people use also. Some black people have this disdain for people like me simply because I'm mixed with White (my mom's side of the family).… Continue

Added by Mathis on April 28, 2017 at 10:57pm — No Comments



"Call me a bitch again!"

"Ok, lil' bitch!"

These were the words my ears were forced to hear early this morning as I'm preparing to administer a state test for my 9th graders.  Unfortunately, it's not an unusual sound to hear in the halls of a high school, but this wasn't the usually conversational cussing, this was a prelude to a fight.  As such, my pupils (students, not eyeballs) ran towards the commotion to peep the action as…


Added by Disgruntled Millennial on April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Echelon The Seeker Creates An Indie Afrofuturist Fantasia For the 21st Century On His Self-Titled Debut #SoundCheck

Here's a theory: there's literally nothing better than sweeping epic sci-fi concept albums. From the stunningly imagined future of Janelle Monae to the glorious absurdity of George Clinton's universe to the queer optimism of David Bowie, and what the hell I'm feeling generous, the compelling gibberish of Coheed And Cambria. There's something absolutely irresistible when an artist creates a rich world beyond the notes. On his self-titled debut, Echelon The Seeker weaves epic…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 5:40pm — No Comments

How to unlearn toxic masculinity - Steps to better understanding gender

Context is key. “The medium is the message”. When we talk about social constructs like gender and race, recognizing context is fundamental to understanding why and how these identifiers exist and what they signify in the only two context’s in which they matters—social perception and the subsequent personal experiences that result because of those perceptions.

Women have different experiences, but they are not different beings.

Ultimately, working…


Added by Gender Bent on April 28, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Brazilian photogropher Luiz Moreira turns the beauty of the Black body into reparations in new editorial 'MIDAS'

In Greek mythology, King Midas ruled the city of Phrygia and had an intense passion for gold. One day, the God of wine, Dionysus, visited the city and granted the king's wish that everything he touch would turn into the valuable metal. The story is a cautionary tale about gluttony that ends tragically, but a new re-imagining by Brazilian photography Luiz Moreira turns the story into a beautiful reparations-inspired message about the inner beauty of Blackness. In the…


Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Soul singer Bosco joins DJ Smiles Davis to start the day off right with the infectuous "Morning Blues"

After almost 10 years behind the decks, working with artists including Missy Elliot, Janelle Monae, and Erykah Badu, DJ Smiles Davis' solo career is finally about to take off. Her first EP, But She Did, will be released later this summer, but the former dancer's second single from the album gives us another taste of what to expect–and we love it! In "Morning Blues," Smiles' joins Atlanta-based rising star Bosco, whose silky smooth melodies on top of Smiles'…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 3:55pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bloc Party's Kele Okereke shares West African mythology-inspired track, “Yemaya”

Ahead of the release of his first solo acoustic album, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke shares his new track, “Yemaya”. A mellow, contemplative track that both hypnotic and unease, “Yemaya“ is melodic, story-like richness. “In the west African Yoruba religion, Yemaya is the mother goddess of the ocean, she is kinda the patron saint of pregnant women and fertility," …


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

An ode to sisterhood - my best friend was key to my recovery from depression

"He's cheating again," I whispered into the phone, fighting through the brain fog that my newly prescribed depression meds gave me. "He's trying to leave me for another girl after I lost our baby."

It had only been 4 and half months since I'd lost my son, and as I sat staring at pictures of my man smiling and kissing another woman, the reason why he'd become so mean and distant, I began to tremble. In a calm voice, my best friend Keisha said "I'm so sorry,…


Added by Gender Bent on April 28, 2017 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Stream Gorillaz' new album ft. Grace Jones, Danny Brown, De La Soul, Kelela & more

After giving fans anticipation overload with leaked track listings and dropping song after song in the lead up to its release, the wait is finally over for the new Gorillaz album, Humanz!

Humanz is the group's first studio album in nearly 7 years. For fans of the band, the 26 track offering with…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The hair politics of Black boyhood: how I came to refuse white standards of respectability

I know everyone has a bone to pick with Shea Moisture’s erasure of black womanhood. And I was anxious to dig deep into it until I recognized the company also sells hair products for black men and even a black man was featured briefly in the controversial commercial.

It had me scratching my head, why was the black man’s experience with hair being swept under the rug? The great lie that ‘Everybody gets love’ is a laughable and tearful campaign slogan. The…


Added by Gender Bent on April 28, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

RNB Legend Bunny Sigler Releases A Dedication to The Troops with "Til I See You Again"

   Bunny Sigler is a legend in the RNB music scene. Writing and producing for himself and many disco artists and groups through out the 60s and 70s, Bunny Sigler has never failed to deliver entertaining, quality music. His latest release, "Til I See You Again" is another amazing piece of music and should be recognized.

   Mr. Sigler gives a beautiful rendition from the…


Added by AP Exposure on April 27, 2017 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Toronto-based photographer Kibby Kibwana 'Embrace's body positivity in powerful new editorial

When it comes to showcasing all body types and appearances, fashion photography has a major problem. Because beauty is associated with bodies privileged in a white-supremacist, fatphobic, ableist society, models are supposed to fit those ideals. Rather than being a benign example of playing the hand dealt, what magazines and photographers that continually project these images ultimately do is reinforce social acceptance of these oppressive standards, contributing to further…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Alabama Shakes are coming to a city near you to rock TF out

Good news for fans of Blues-Rock band Alabama Shakes, the group recently announced additional dates for their current tour, adding stops in Albany, NY, Shelburne, VT, Boston, MA, and Portland, ME, this summer. ‘Shakes fans in the rest of the country will still have a chance to catch them this week at two stops in Louisiana, in Pasadena on June 24 at…


Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

France-based visual artist Léa-Paloma Rydlova celebrates African hair and beauty in vibrant paintings

Get into the colorful paintings of French artist Léa-Paloma RydlovaBut. Paying particular attention to Black hair and Black women's bodies, the artist's work is full of bold colors, creating her distinctive style. In one a piece, a Black woman with a full, golden fro holds the world in her hands, as if to reclaim it. The works are a celebration, but also a powerful challenge to society's white-centric beauty standards. See our favorite pieces, below and follow Rydlova on…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Mystery Girl

I sit here quietly and watch the sun set

Thinking of someone that I've never met

I wonder does she think of me too

Its rather strange but I get constant thoughts of her.

I long to hold her and to put her smile on her face,

I want to simply take away all her pain,

To a better place is where I desire to take her,

She feels so right, almost to good to be true.

She carries herself with so much plight, a sight to behold,

I just can't stop thinking… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on April 27, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Black people who don't vote are not stupid, and many vote pushers are anti-Black

For most of my schooling, I was treated as somewhat of a golden child. As an advanced placement student in a majority Black district, where most of the other Black kids weren’t surpassing their white peers scholastically like I was, the fact that I seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of my ivy-league older siblings did not go unnoticed by the approving adults in my life.

Not only did my “achievements” translate materially in the form of scholarship money,…


Added by The Race Card on April 27, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

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