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Featured Blog Posts – May 2015 Archive (116)

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Punk Pioneer Death's Bobby Hackney #SoundCheck

Even 5 years ago, when punk pioneer trio Death's legacy began to be unearthed and rediscovered, the possibility of new music from the band seemed unlikely. Based on the strength of decades of word of mouth and a single 7”, Death catapulted from a half-forgotten memory to the subject of the 2012 documentary A Band Called Death. Though original…


Added by Sound Check on May 29, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Cosmic Girl' - By Visual Artist Ron E.A. Powell

Take a look at the latest painting from New Jersey based Jamaican visual artist Ron E.A. Powell (aka REAP). The unfinished painting - entitled 'Cosmic Girl' - was inspired by a selfie that the artist came across on instagram. Yet another example of the innovative ways visual…


Added by Eye Candy on May 29, 2015 at 8:13am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Large Fears' - A Children's Book About A Queer Kid of Color

Take a look at new children's book 'Large Fears', a book about a queer kid of color who "defies gender roles, race politics, sexuality and his fears". The book was written by Myles E. Johnson and illustrated by NYC based artist Kendrick Daye; and with their creation and central character Jeremiah Nebula, Johnson and Daye hope to encourage children to conquer their largest fears, accept differences in others, and chase their wildest dreams. Johnson…


Added by Eye Candy on May 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: DJ-Photographer Superduper Brick is the Definition of a Dream Chaser

“Oh my god, there he is…there’s Brick”, a tiny curly-haired tween squeals to her friends as they all huddle together to point and whisper. I’m sitting on the steps of the stage at SOBs and watching the meet-and-greet for the national tour that Brick is DJing for. I look over to see Brick with his arms draped around two fans, all three of them are straight up beaming. At first glance, Brick looks like he walked straight out of your favorite 90s movie or cartoon.…


Added by Eye Candy on May 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Hip-Hop Soulstress Harleighblu's New Video - 'Mmm' (feat. Dr. Zygote)

Today we're premiering the visual for Hip-Hop soulstress Harleighblu's new single, 'Mmm' (feat. Dr. Zygote). The track is the lead single from the British singer-songwriter's new EP, 'Futurespective', and is described by her camp as a "late night tale of lost shoes, dignity and more, over a seedily slinky bassline and synth fuzz". Harleighblu tells us, “My life has changed and I feel like my new songs have come from a more honest and (sometimes) frank place. My EP…


Added by Sound Check on May 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

EVENT: #AFRICASOUT - Friday June 5th at Gladstone Gallery, New York

Next week, Friday June 5th, AFRICA'S OUT will hold a fun filled night to celebrate Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina; and to bring awareness and funds to non-profit organisation UHAI EASHRI (the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative) and the work they do for LGBTI East Africans. The night, celebrating Kenyan writer & activist Binyavanga Wainaina, will include Live performances from Solange Knowles + an After Party with live show by Cakes…


Added by Eye Candy on May 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bad Rabbits' Explosive New Single, 'How High'

Listen to the explosive anthem from funk five-piece Bad Rabbits, 'How High'. The single, co-produced by super-producer Teddy Riley, is from the AFROPUNK Fest alums' upcoming sophomore album. Check it out below (plus the group's future tour dates).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on May 28, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Blending French and African Identities'

Check out this new article from The New York Times Lens blog, a write up exploring the balancing act that many first generation French-Africans face juggling their French and African identities. The article, written by Whitney Richardson, features photos from Carolina Arantes' ongoing photo-documentary project “First Generation,”which captures the daily lives of young Afro-French women. The Brazilian photographer states, “I wanted to…


Added by The Establishment on May 27, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Versatility of Photographer Nicolas James Harris

Take a look at the versatile work of Dallas based freelance photographer Nicolas J. Harris. The Texan shoots several genres of photography including street-style, performance, and editorial. Harris states on his website, "Photography has been a passion of mine since age 7. It has always been my goal to help capture the moment, as it is created and allow the viewer to feel as if he or she was there." The photographer will debut his first so exhibition project,…


Added by Eye Candy on May 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The "Rhythmic-Rage" of punk group Sick Sad World

Check out punk rockers Sick Sad World. Hailing from Chicago, the group describe themselves as "Bilingual 5 piece, anti system oppression rhythmic-rage". Get into their sound below. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on May 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Jaden Smith Set To Play Superhero Static?

Back in October, reports began circulating that Jaden Smith would be playing comic book hero Static in an upcoming Warner series. This was then played down as a mere rumour. However according to actor Tyler James Williams, Smith is now confirmed to play Virgil Hawkins; the teenage hero with electromagnetic powers. The Walking Dead Actor revealed the news in a Comic Con interview, stating: 'There aren't that many young black comic book super heroes. It's…


Added by Eye Candy on May 27, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Designer, London Bambi

Meet designer, London Bambi. Keep an eye out, he's set to launch his collection this coming September.

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Added by Safety Pins on May 27, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments

FEATURE: The hypnotic sound of French Alt singer Bonnie Banane & Walter Mecca

Listen to the sound of French singer Bonnie Banane (pictured with collaborator rapper/producer Walter Mecca). Known for a hypnotic sound and lo-fi visuals, Banane offers a nostalgic sound - inspired by American RnB and Hip-Hop, and a 90's aesthetic. Check out her music below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Targeted Sexual Violence - The Story of Jamaican LGBTQI Activist Angeline Jackson

As a lesbian I have often spoken of my self as a survivor of targeted sexual violence, unfortunately today I don't feel too much like a survivor, rather an angry victim.

By Angeline Jackson, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Gender Bent on May 26, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Hip-Hop Meets Sci-Fi, New Comic Book 'Kid Code: Channel Zero'

Check out new comic book 'Kid Code: Channel Zero' - created by John Jennings (Co-Founder and organizer of the Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem), Stacey Robinson, and Damian Duffy. The "Hip-Hop meets Sci-Fi" book follows superhero Kid Code and his comrades as they fight to save the Universe from The Power - racing against time to assemble The Everlasting Cosmic Mixtape, nine tracks that will set the Universe back on course. Check out some…


Added by Eye Candy on May 26, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Brit Manor's Supernatural Video for 'Diamond In The Rough'

Today we're premiering the brand new video from LA based musician Brit Manor, 'Diamond In The Rough'. The video was directed by Araeia Robinson, inspired (in her words) by "the beauty and supernatural ability that is developed and unleashed during the transformation to womanhood". In regards to the track, Brit Manor states: “Young women are more than just pretty things; we are electric,​…


Added by Sound Check on May 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FASHION: Tricia Akello by Ricardo Simal. Marie Claire South Africa

Check out these striking images from Marie Claire South Africa. The androgynous-inspired editorial, titled 'Le Garçon', was shot by Ricardo Simal and features Ugandan Cape Town Based Model Tricia Akello. Take a look below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Safety Pins on May 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: M.I.A. collaborates with French producer Surkin - 'The New International Sound Pt. II'

Listen to this new M.I.A. track! The British Sri Lankan rapper has joined forces with French producer Surkin (for his Gener8ion project), delivering her signature lyricism: "The ones that govern me/ Ain't the ones that can power me/ It's the sun and moon/ that's turning me/ If I get high it's burning me/ You can kill my privacy/ But you can't kill that love in me". Listen to 'The New International Sound Pt. II' below.…


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2015 at 12:55pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Flamboyan tree

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'Flamboyan tree'. Check it out below!



* Nadya Nickels' website: …


Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2015 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream the Latest Single from Azekel 'Mad About the Boy' #SoundCheck

Azekel floated on our radars with his Mickey Lightfood collaboration 2 years back, and the singer/songwriter is back with his latest: the irresistibly smooth “Mad About The Boy.” Over a loping synth track and 808 beat, his voice floats effortlessly above the spaced out production. Bursts of noise interrupt the beauty to keep it from getting too chill. Between Azakel's lush production and singer Shanaz Dorsett's guest verse, this is a perfect Spring jam. Check it out.


Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

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