During one of my occasional scrolls through the depths of Facebook, I came across a “Now This” video of a finely…
Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on April 30, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ekelle on April 29, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Ekelle on April 29, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Disgruntled Millennial on April 29, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Disgruntled Millennial on April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 5:40pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Gender Bent on April 28, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on April 28, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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'…Continue
Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 3:55pm — No Comments
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," …Continue
Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
"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
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…
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…
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…Continue
Added by AP Exposure on April 27, 2017 at 4:21pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments
Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on April 27, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments
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