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Featured Blog Posts – June 2015 Archive (126)

FEATURE: 'Kolizyon' - the latest exhibition from Martinican photographer Rio le Château

Check out these captivating images from France-based photographer Rio le Château's latest exhibition, 'Kolizyon' (translation: 'Collision'). Explore below and CLICK HERE  to take a virtual visit of the Martinican artist's entire exhibit. The series of work is described by his camp as a "Whimsical, macabre, exotic, colourful, social,…


Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - Filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks Animated Documentary On The "Repressed Histories" Of Science

Explore 'Rediscovering The Scientist' - filmmaker Lydia Marie Hicks' in-progress animated documentary on race and the history of science. Talking to us about the experimental project (now in its 10th year), Hicks tells us: "Portraits of repressed histories of science are woven together as a former scientist looks for herself within science's foundations. This is a film that helps to validate and empower black and brown experiences by highlighting the margins of…


Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Freedom Fighter Bree Newsome Releases Statement

Yesterday, Bree Newsome - the courageous activist who removed the Confederate Flag that flies in front of the South Carolina Statehouse - released a statement via Blue Nation Review. In the letter, she explains her reasons for removing the flag; and calls us all to action, saying: "I…


Added by The Establishment on June 30, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Grace Jones Shares Cover Of Her Upcoming Memoir - Titled, 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'

Check out the cover of Grace Jones upcoming memoir - aptly tiled 'I’ll Never Write My Memoirs'. In regards to the much anticipated memoir (released Sept. 29 via Gallery Books), Jones says: "I wrote a song called 'Art Groupie'. First line said "I'll never write my memoirs" - that was a long time…


Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Glass' - The Energetic New Track From Alt-Pop Musician DeQn Sue

Today we're premiering the new track from idiosyncratic pop musician DeQn Sue - 'Glass' (the second single from her upcoming EP, 'Snack'). In regards to the energetic song, co-written by herself and Kelvin Wooten, the Alabama/California-based musician tells…


Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: #NotTooProudToFight Hashtag Highlights #intersectionality of Fight For LGBTQ Equality With Fight Against Racism For Queer People of Color

As Darnell L. Moore puts it (via MIC), "If LGBTQ people have reason to be proud today, it is because of the radical responses of the tenacious freedom fighters, black and brown folk among them, who refused to be mistreated and shamed by the state or society.". However as Moore (a Brooklyn-based…


Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alt Rock Brother-Sister Duo Charlie Belle Release New Single, 'Petting Zoo'

Listen to the new single from Austin-based teen rockers Charlie Belle (Gyasi and Jendayi Bonds) - 'Petting Zoo'. This is the lead single from the brother-sister duo's upcoming EP 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone', out September 18th - the follow up to their 2014 EP, 'Get To Know'. Check out the…


Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Wanted BW - Documenting The Cool Kids In Botswana

Check out The Wanted BW, a freelance photography agency from Botswana (Africa). With a focus on fashion and personal style, the group are helping to document the cool kids and street style of their country; and to give a spotlight to a side of Southern Africa that many rarely see in the mainstream  media. See some of their images below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Wires' EP - The "Feel-Good-Down-In-Your-Gut Soul" Sound Of Sextet The Rooks

Today we're premiering the new EP from NYC based R&B/IndieSoul sextet The Rooks - 'Wires'. The group, known for their "feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul" music, draw influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder to J Dilla and formed during their time at Wesleyan University - starting off as house party perfomers, covering Motown songs. Regrarding the new EP, the sextet tell us: "At its core, 'Wires' is an album about the weight of distance, and all of the ways we throw our…


Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "We Can't Wait Any Longer" - Activist Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag In Front of South Carolina Statehouse

Since the shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina two weeks ago, there have been renewed calls for the removal of the Confederate Flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse (a constant reminder of racism and white supremacy). This past Saturday one woman took matters…


Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Top Hat and Tattoos

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is titled, 'Top Hat and Tattoos'. Nickels tells us: "It's a girl with a really cool outfit. My storytelling part of this painting are the details in her tattoos; Taino sign for sun, black power poster and poem called " Y tu abuela donde esta?" Which means and your grandmother where is she. I learned this when I was a little girl and…


Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith Reinterprets The Björk Classic 'Human Behaviour'

Listen to Willow Smith's cover of the iconic Björk song, 'Human Behavior'. The song was released in 1993, the Icelandic singer-songwriter's first solo single - taken from her album 'Debut'. Check out the AFROPUNK Fest alum's interpretation below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Brazilian Party Producers The Hot Pente Twins Feature In June Issue Of Elle Brazil Magazine

Meet the Hot Pente Twins: Journalist Neomisia Silvestre and personal stylist Thaiane Almeida - two black Brazilian women who are taking over the Hip Hop party scene in São Paulo, Brazil. Their popular hip-hop party, 'Hot Pente' (meaning 'Hot Comb), brings hip-hop, fashion, graffiti and street dance to the metropolitan city; bringing together new and renowned artists of the movement. The "…


Added by Safety Pins on June 26, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Get a Free Download of the New Record From Party Animal (featuring Kool AD) 'AVANT GARBAGE' #SoundCheck

In the 2 years since their debut, Kool AD's Party Animal has gotten tighter, more serious, looser, and goofier. They've perfected the magical chemistry of using a raised eyebrow, a wry middle finger and a half-joke to illustrate a serious point. Tackling alcohol abuse “Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow,” education reform “Educational Reform,” drone warfare “Remote Control Planes,” and economic inequality in “Financial Deprivation Block,” Party Animal's weirdly celebratory reign of…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide"

The United States Supreme Court has now legalized gay marriage nationwide, a giant leap that follows the thirteen year fight of gay activists across race lines. Under the 14th amendment, states are now required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize any same-sex union legally performed in another state. As reported by the Huffington Post, the justices outlined several reasons for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples: "They wrote that…


Added by The Establishment on June 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Hilarious and Frank Vlogging of YouTuber Hartbeat

Check out musician and comedian Hart, a queer YouTuber who has been making big waves on the video platform with her hilarious sketches and outspoken vlogging. Hart (who started making videos at the end of 2009 and has become a voice for the LGBTQ community) says, "Something that brightens my day is the laughter of others...and Rainbows. My biggest goal for my YouTube channel is to explore the meme of my talent for making others laugh and enjoying life." Check out…


Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Honesty Through Art - Brooklyn Painter Genesis Tramaine

She held out her hand for a respectful embrace and was taken aback by the response she received. Fulfilling her duties as an educator, Ms. Fredericks opened up her classroom to the parents of the elementary school students in which she taught mathematics and art with a humble spirit. In an effort to not offend but to seek further understanding, Ms. Fredericks inquired as to why this beautiful Muslim woman dressed head to toe in her religious garb - who…


Added by Eye Candy on June 26, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Afro-Futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran releases new single, 'Namesake'

Listen to Afro-futurist singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran's new single, 'Namesake'. This is the Flint, Michigan, based musician's lead single from his forthcoming album, 'Transgressor'; the follow up to his 'Yung…


Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Summer Adornment - Jewelry By Indie Designers To Spice Up Your Summer Outfits

For a few months now, I have followed the work of two creative minds, Peaceimages Jewelry and Wild Moon Jewelry; two visions and lines that produce carefully crafted adornments, made with light and love.



Added by Safety Pins on June 25, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lolawolf Release Their Rioutous New Mixtape, 'everyf–ckinday'

Check out 'everyf–ckinday', the new mixtape from Lolawolf. The Brooklyn based band, made up of frontwoman Zoë Kravitz and Jimmy and James from Reputante, recently performed at our first ever AFROPUNK Paris festival. Stream their riotous 5-track offering below (the follow up to the trio's debut…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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