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Featured Blog Posts – June 2017 Archive (152)

NEW MUSIC: Neo-Soul group Nicotine’s Famous Honey’s “The First Time” will make you feel nostalgic for romance you’ve never even had

Saturated in classic R&B/soul melodies, Nicotine's Famous Honey’s ‘The First Time’ is an old school vibin’ love song about those magical first times and the spell lovers cast over each other. Written by Nicotine and produced by Herrick & Hooley, ‘The First Time’ is the first single from NFH’s 'No You Hang Up: A Series', debuting in four season parts: it will have you feeling nostalgic for times you never even had.



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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Portland-based rapper Aminé previews his debut album with cheekily laid back track "Blinds"

After smashing into stardom last Summer with the outrageously fun hit single "Caroline", Portland-based rapper Aminé's long-awaited debut album finally has a release date. Dropping July 28, Good For You will feature collaborations with Offset, Ty Dolla $ign, Nelly, Kehlani, & Charlie Wilson. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive a new song for free as an instant download called “Blinds,” which is also streaming on Spotify.



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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Style Lounge event fosters relationships across the African fashion industry while premiering stunning new designs

Debonair Afrik is a leading consulting and fashion house working to help African fashion related businesses reach their full potential. One of their initiatives, Style Lounge, is an annual workshop for the social, educational and cultural integration of designers, photographers, models and others in the fashion industry. Style House seeks to "disseminate knowledge, both practical and theory, to everyone and to foster…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 30, 2017 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Biggie’s mother to Kendall & Kylie Jenner: don't exploit the death of my son to sell 'disgusting' t-shirts

A gang of white and half-Armenian women who have sustained careers based on appropriating black culture and fetishizing black people, including Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian’s recent call-outs from multiple black women owners of small businesses claiming the sisters purchased, in some cases, their…

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 10:59am — 7 Comments

Tyler, the Creator teams back up with Frank Ocean for melodic "911 / Mr. Lonely"

It's been two years since Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator dropped his third album Cherry Bomb. But it seems the rapper wanted to make up for lost time Thursday, when hours after releasing the new video for “Who Dat Boy” featuring ASAP Rocky, Tyler released yet another track, “911/Mr. Lonely,” featuring his old group-mate Frank Ocean. Frank gives the hook to Tyler's stream of consciousness rhymes tackling everything from cars to love.



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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

New 'Insecure' trailer: "That's why I make sure my white clients get less on their tax returns – it's reparations."

We've been waiting all year for HBO's hit comedy series Insecure to return for its second season, and it's finally almost here! In the latest trailer, we pick up right where we left off: Issa (Issa Rae) is newly single, fumbling through awkwardly bad dates. But her ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis), looking fine as ever, isn't completely out of the picture either, as the two clearly haven't gotten over what they had. Molly (Yvonne Orji) shows up to coach Issa through her…

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Added by The Race Card on June 30, 2017 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

'DrumpFlix' project turns the Trump administration's nonsensical tweets and comments into hilarious film titles

Last we heard of Paul Louise-Julie was with the release of The Pack, a graphic novel centered around a motley crew of Egyptians and Nubian Werewolves as they travel through a fantasy version of Ancient Africa. Now, the artist is back with a new project called DrumpFlix, a fake movie studio whose ‘films’ are based on the many…

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Added by The Establishment on June 29, 2017 at 5:13pm — No Comments

The state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity, we won't be silent!

We cannot be silent when the state murders our Black women and femmes with impunity.



Charleena Lyles was murdered by the Seattle Police Department in front of her children in her own home while she was experiencing a mental breakdown.…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

Purple Ferdinand finds beauty in a breakup on her new EP 'Rain or Shine' #SoundCheck

On her latest EP, the great purveyor of heart breaking chill out music, Purple Ferdinand, finds incredible beauty in pain. Leading with the standout “Stay,” Purple Ferdinand weaves immaculate melodies out of the threads of her heartbreak. The EP is full of contradictions, lyrics push and pull at a relationship, while themes of failed communication abound. “You there with the bank stare / can't tell if you care,” she sings on “Posing to Move.” By the closing track, “Time,”…

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Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2017 at 1:08pm — No Comments

‘Mfon’ book series features 100 Black women photographers of the African Diaspora

Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is the inaugural and exclusive book launch of a bi-annual journalism project that is committed to creating a collective voice and platform for women photographers of African descent. The on-going project will also “ill a void while creating a space for intellectual discourse around issues represented by” these artists. This spectacular first issue of Mfon features 100 photographers across the Diaspora and an introduction by…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 29, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Ten ways white people can stop annoying people of color on social media

There is nothing gentle about racism and our responses to it don’t warrant subtlety or kindness in return.



When it comes to social media etiquette, we are all still learning how to interact with each other while respecting boundaries and the spaces we give ourselves.



What has translated over straight from our in-person interactions are racist, sexist and ableist micro and macro aggressions. How do we navigate those? Well it would help if folks with…

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Added by The Race Card on June 29, 2017 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Black transgender woman appointed as Editor-in-chief of feminist publication, making History!

The Wear Your Voice (WYV) team would like to congratulate trans-activist Ashlee Marie Preston on her appointment as the new Editor-in-Chief. Writer, activist and media advocate, Preston serves on local and national advisory boards that promote social change.



In an all-too-familiar, homogeneous field of journalism, Preston is determined to use media to empower marginalized and disfranchised communities, whose voices are often omitted from mainstream conversation.…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 29, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Kenyan artist's "Identity Politics" photo essay takes on the pressure to hide one's heritage in the workplace



Kamau Wainaina is a 20-year-old Kenyan artist studying in New York. His latest project, titled "Identity Politics", is a photo essay inspired by conversations with his mother about her experiences in the workplace. In one instance, Wainaina says, his mother was called a racist remark by a co-worker, and when she responded was told by superiors to "calm down" because she was "an employee first, an African second."



"Identity Politics" is a commentary on how…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 28, 2017 at 3:54pm — No Comments

With the Senate Healthcare bill in limbo, call your Senator and tell them you #StandWithPlannedParenthood

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the tortoise-like one, announced the delay of a vote on his super-secret tax break for the rich bill, aka the Better Care Reconciliation Act. But before we let out a sigh of relief knowing that the bill won’t come to a vote until after the July 4th recess, there’s still so much at stake. Especially for women. While no government funding goes towards a single abortion procedure performed at any Planned Parenthood, the GOP’s…

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Added by Robust on June 28, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Comic: ‘Cloudia & Rex’ #1: A Black girl with the power of a hundred Gods? Take all my money

I remember seeing the cover for Cloudia & Rex #1 on Twitter some time ago and dropping whatever I was doing. Look, I wouldn’t lie to you, the cover had me hyped. I like seeing Black girls in comics, I like seeing Black girls on comic book covers. Speaking of the cover–I had no clue what was going on but it looked hella intricate and I was hell interested.



Cloudia and Rex are two sisters who are traveling with their mom, maybe a road trip, but it looks to me…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 28, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

10 dope Black-owned restaurants, bars, and businesses to check out in London while you're in town for AFROPUNK London

AFROPUNK London 2017 is right around the corner! While you're in town from July 22-23 (after copping one of our customizable Travel Packages so that you get the most bang for your buck) for our most exciting lineup yet (including The Internet, Lianne La Havis, Corinne Bailey Rae and more!), we've compiled this list of…

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Added by AFROPUNK Events on June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

17-year-old Ava Le’Ray Barrin becomes youngest of 14 trans-WOC murdered in the U.S. this year

Another transwoman, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was murdered this week, becoming the youngest trans murder victim in the U.S. in 2017. As reported by the…

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Added by Gender Bent on June 28, 2017 at 11:37am — 4 Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: New York-based pop duo Big Hair Girls predict the future in feminist anthem "Future Is Female"

Big Hair Girls are a New York-based duo made up of sisters Lizzy and Venus. The group certainly lives up to their name, but their colorful locs aren't the only thing big about them. Their latest single, “The Future Is Female”, shows off their big, EDM and hip-hop influenced sound and big feminist hopes for the world. The girl-powered pop/dance track will certainly have you singing along, and the accompanying video, featuring montages of feminist icons like Michelle Obama…

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Added by Sound Check on June 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Toxic masculinity couldn't stand the sight of a man's naked body on ESPN Cover

Now, every year ESPN magazine does a “body” issue featuring a major variety of athletes who bare it all for the camera, emphasizing the strength, skill, and endurance that their bodies are capable of. Nothing sexual about it at all, really. Regardless of that fact, tiny-minded men of Twitter were up in arms when ESPN …

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Added by Gender Bent on June 28, 2017 at 11:13am — 3 Comments

This #HIVTestingDay, it's time to accept that we can't fight health epidemics without fighting anti-Blackness

National HIV Testing Day was first observed on June 27, 1995––14 years after AIDS was finally recognized by the government. In the time span between its official recognition (initially called a "rare cancer" affecting "homosexuals" in The New York Times) and the national holiday promoting prevention for the spread of the infection, most of what is often…

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Added by The Race Card on June 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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