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Featured Blog Posts – May 2014 Archive (65)

FREE DOWNLOAD: Boulevards Gets Down In 'What's Your Number'

Funky artist Boulevards has a new single out, produced by SGLD. If you liked his 'Ackrylic City' EP, you'll love 'What's Your Number' too.

Grab the free download below!…


Added by Sound Check on May 30, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: Jewelry Spotlight: Purposerosa by Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa

Looking to accessorize this summer with some fabulous and edgy earrings and rings? Then you are going to fall in love with Purposerosa, “a design house founded by sisters Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa.” These flashy pieces are sure to turn heads and dazzle in the summer sun or glow in the darkness of the night!

By Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Safety Pins on May 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Laverne Cox on Time Magazine Cover - A Big Deal For Trans Visibility

Did you catch trans actress Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME Magazine? This will give even more visibility to the trans community. "I don't represent the entirety of the trans community, there are multiple relationships to one's identity", says Cox in a making-of video (watch below).

Of course this is not enough and there are many more stories that need to be told. But it's a step towards more visibility and hopefully more acceptance.

Cox adds: "When we look at the…

Added by Gender Bent on May 30, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Spotlight on Legendary Drum and Bass Producer Jordana aka 1.8.7 #SoundCheck

Drum and Bass producer Jordana LeSesne got her start playing guitar in punk and metal bands in the late 80's before being turned on to electronica. She quickly found her way into Pittsburgh's nascent rave scene distributing demo tapes of her proto drum and bass throughout the early 90's. She adopted the name 1.8.7 and by 1995 was working with Jungle Sky Records releasing what she defined as American drum and bass.

By Nathan Leigh,…


Added by Gender Bent on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: An unreleased Stevie Wonder track called 'So Much In Love'

An unreleased Stevie Wonder song? Just what the doctor ordered! French website Funk-U revealed a snippet of a track they claim is an outtake from the Songs In The Key Of Life recording sessions from 40 years ago. Check out 'So Much In Love' below!…


Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2014 at 9:32am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Trash Talk's latest 'No Peace' is best hardcore record of the year so far. #SoundCheck

As anyone who saw Trash Talk's bone crushing set at Afropunk Fest 2013 can attest, there's just about no-one in the modern hardcore scene on their level. Building on last year's triumphant 119, the band blends sludgy guitars with hip-hop nods with their straight-ahead hardcore on their latest No Peace.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Erykah Badu will join Dave Chappelle, Janelle Monáe, The Roots & more for series of NY shows

Damn! Erykah Badu will join Dave Chappelle, Janelle Monáe, The Roots and more for series of NY shows at Radio City Music Hall, with a live orchestra. The three shows (June 24-26) will follow Chappelle's sold-out comedy run (June 18-22) at the same venue. Tickets are available here.

How exciting is this? - L.…


Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2014 at 7:35am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Ivoirian Photographer Joana Choumali documents scarification in powerful photo series

Ivoirian Photographer Joana Choumali documents the last generation of African citizens living in a big city like Abidjan with scarification on their faces. The photo series is called 'Hââbré, the last generation' (Hââbré means "writing" and "scarification" in Kô language from Burkina Faso).

Choumali tells us: "This practice is disappearing due to the pressure of religious and state authorities, urban practices and the introduction of clothing in tribes. In many villages,…


Added by Eye Candy on May 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

CONTEST: AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014

Want to perform at this year's AFROPUNK Festival? Voting for our annual BATTLE OF THE BANDS showcase starts now! Sign-up for your chance to play.




Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2014 at 5:59am — 10 Comments

FEATURE: Footage of Saul Williams' collaboration with David Murray at Cully Jazz Festival

AFROPUNK Fam, today we're sharing footage of Saul Williams' collaboration with David Murray at this year's Cully Jazz Festival in Switzerland. These two renowned artists definitely created something unique with Williams singing and slamming to Murray's band's stylings.

Line-up: David Murray (tenor sax), Saul Williams (vocal), Orin Evans (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums).

Thank you to 3D Family for sharing this with us.…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "The First Decoration Day"

The Zinn Education Project published an article about Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day”, written by David W. Blight. According to him, "The First Decoration Day" was led by people who had recently been freed from slavery in Charleston, SC on May 1, 1865.

At the end of the Civil War, "Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these…


Added by The Establishment on May 26, 2014 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Revolutionary Seun Kuti and Egypt 80's LP 'A Long Way To The Beginning' #SoundCheck

Family legacies are almost unheard of in the musical world. All too often, the children of famous musicians at best coast on the fact that they sort of look and sound like their dearly missed parents. (I'm looking at you, Julian Lennon, Ziggy Marley, and debatably Jakob Dylan...) It's no surprise that some of the most successful children of musicians have deliberately veered away from their parents' territory (shout out to Neneh Cherry). For Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 23, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

AP FASHION: Spotlight - Caven Etomi's Kingdom Tees

This summer I am completely here for the very flowy relaxed outfits—starting simple and building off of a fresh palette is the way to go. For some reason I just have a great feeling about this summer, and maybe that is because I just completed final exams and look forward to long days of soaking up sun, art, laying on the grass, listening to music, biking, exploring, eating, and being the free spirit that I am. Go out with a kick this summer! Pair a t-shirts and jean shorts or a…


Added by Safety Pins on May 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Sasha Phyars-Burgess' Pictorial Cliffhangers

It’s possible to catch just a small chapter of one’s life story through a single image, or at least be open-minded enough to create one. The solemn expression, and majestic grey hair of the beautiful Trinidadian woman whom photographer Sasha Phyars-Burgess has captured, acts as a canvas for creative minds like myself. Curiosity arises as an alarm in my thoughts wondering, ‘what exactly was Sasha thinking when seizing moments like these?’ or better yet, 'What is her subjects…


Added by Eye Candy on May 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: James Fauntleroy - "Understand"

Depending on your tastes, you either know James Fauntleroy as the singer of boundary pushing collective Cocaine 80s or as one of Justin Timberlake's primary writing collaborators on the contract fulfilling The 20/20 Experience. Check out his latest track,  "Understand."…


Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Spank Rock - "Vertigo"

New music from Baltimore electro artist Spank Rock called "Vertigo"

Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD + VIDEO: Groove to Estère's 'I SPY'

Estère is so fun-kay! Check her video for 'I SPY'. More about Estère + Free download of her debut album here. Woo!


Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Unlocking The Truth Opening For Guns N' Roses!

Teenage metal band, AFROPUNK Fest alums Unlocking The Truth will be opening for Guns N' Roses for two shows at The Joint in Las Vegas in June. Congrats boys! Click here for tickets.

Banner photo by…


Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2014 at 11:56am — 5 Comments

OP-ED: Annie, Quvenzhané Wallis and Me

When the original Annie movie was released in 1982, I was ten years old living in idyllic and beautiful Southern California, Pasadena to be exact, a short drive without traffic to the streets of Hollywood where tourists congregate attempting to catch a glimpse of some star. My mother often took us on aimless and destination unknown car trips around Los Angeles. We'd throw in a couple of friends on occasion and our dog Patches, a very nervous Shetland Sheepdog. We loved…


Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2014 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Betty Black Reveals 'Come Back Lover'

You may remember Betty Black (aka Sylvia) from her band Kudu/Art World Killer with Deantoni Parks. Here's her new single 'Come Back Lover', off her upcoming album 'Valley Low'. The track is described by her team as a "fiery, retro psychedelic pop anthem about losing someone to distance" with "gritty guitars, driving bass and swathes of swirling… Continue

Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2014 at 10:45am — No Comments

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