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OP-ED: To the Greatest Ali: Maybe In some way I can still be like you

This year we had to say our final goodbye to the GOAT Muhammad Ali. Not only was he a great boxer but he was an incredible and very articulate activist. He stood up for the rights of black people, his religion, and anything else he felt was right. He was never afraid to be outspoken. The death of this legend hit me very hard and I'll tell you why.

By Jasmin Pierre*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Robust on July 29, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Outcast Forever' the much anticipated motorcycle documentary finally released on demand

An Outlaw Films production, the much awaited documentary 'Outcast Forever' has finally come out on demand. First featured on AFROPUNK in 2011, the then work in progress follows the Outcast Motorcycle Club: the oldest all-black motorcycle club in…


Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Alternative R&B singer NAO transcends musical boundaries in her new album 'For All We Know'

'For All We Know', the latest album from NAO, is a force to be reckoned with. From it's beautifully soothing intro to it's deeply cadenced outro- and everything in between- the British singer takes listeners for a ride worth repeating again and again. Maneuvering her way through the effervescent  grooves of the album, NAO leaves no room for rest. Each song features a contagious beat, giving the…


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FEATURE: Ugandan fashion designer Lamula Anderson detangles misconceptions of black hair with empowering new collection

Ugandan-born, London-based designer Lamuna Anderson- of Lamuna Nassuna- adds a new voice to empowerment. Straying from the mainstream, her latest collection is a complete celebration of the black woman and all of her assets. As she takes inspiration from 'the Afro and Black women protective hair styles', she combines kinky weaves and hair extensions (yes, HAIR) to create;ingenious, chic…


Added by Safety Pins on July 29, 2016 at 12:35pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream The First New Music From Hardcore Legends BURN In 16 Years. '...From The Ashes' Makes Punk History Again #SoundCheck

Burn is one of those bands spoken of with hushed reverence. Maybe loud reverence, actually. Their 1990 debut self-titled LP, along with Quicksand's Slip (which featured Burn drummer Alan Cage), and Fugazi's 13 Songs was instrumental in defining the following 20 years of hardcore. Though Burn never quite achieved the crossover success that the other two acts did, they've remained an active band since their 1989 inception. Their last record, 2002's Last Great Sea, was…


Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2016 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Atlanta-based photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden explores black masculinity, colorism, and identity with powerful projects

Joshua Rashaad McFadden, an Atlanta-based photographer and SCAD graduate. Currently, Joshua’s work centers around the concept of intersectional black identities and the ways in which society interprets and treats them. With his ‘Come to Selfhood’ series, available in book form, McFadden explores what black masculinity by juxtaposing contemporary…


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FEATURE: Jean Grae premieres inspired new track 'What You Came For' from Marvel's 'Black Panther' revival

With the approaching revival of Marvel's Black Panther: A Nation under our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates- in which the protagonist finds himself in a standoff with a 'superhuman terrorist group' called The People, and must subsequently fight for the safety…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2016 at 5:56pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Tatu Garcia and collagist Lola Dupre collaborate to produce new beautifully edgy series 'Hedonismo'

When two artists combine to create one piece, the outcome is- most often than not- some of the most creatively constructed and intriguing works. 'Hedonismo', for REMIX Magazine- the most recent collaboration of photographer Tatu Garcia and collagist Lola Dupre lives…


Added by Eye Candy on July 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 12-year-old Shi Curry is the chef to watch, as she models and inspires youth to eat right in her new cookbook 'S.N.A.C. it up!'

"FOR KIDS BY KIDS": Chef and entrepreneur Shiona "Shi" Curry is turning heads and filling plates with her health-inspiring recipes and lifestyle consultations- oh yeah, and she's 12. Already a fierce businesswoman, Curry has set her enterprise in motion; the CEO of 'S.N.A.C. it up!'Curry is sitting back and watching it grow. Targeting the youth specifically- though her tips apply to all ages- the young chef tackles topics such as childhood obesity and diabetes,…


Added by Carded on July 28, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Maryland-based future-soul duo April + VISTA drop mesmerizing ‘Note to Self’ EP

Fall in love with future-soul duo April + VISTA and their uniquely refreshing EP ‘Note to Self’. Bound together by an experimental thread, ‘Note to Self’ is a musical kaleidoscope of soul-driven vocals, swirling melodies, and intergalactic sound effects. ‘Note to Self’ is brilliantly heady, enveloping listeners in a warm blanket of soulful introspective and curiosity. "Note To Self is a story of perseverance, self-discovery, and vulnerability. As musicians on the…


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RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Chicago-based photographer Lawrence Agyei builds brand with organic portraits

Today’s RAD CREATIVE shout out goes to Chicago-based photographer Lawrence Agyei. Rooted in editorial and portraiture, Agyei’s work is recognizable for its cool toned palettes and non-traditional staging that tends to position subjects turned slight away from the lens, creating images that appear more organic in a way that captures the essence of a subject in-the-moment. Check out some of our favorite shots from Agyei down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 28, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: South African producer MUZI teases forthcoming debut album with eclectic house banger ‘Nizogcwala VIP’

This morning we’re premiering a new track from South African producer MUZI and his new single 'Nizogcwala VIP'. Having heavily infused kwaito and Zulu beats with house electronica and hip-hop vibes, 'Nizogcwala VIP' is fiercely eclectic banger of a release. Together, this is a killer blend of energy cultural flare. "The vision for all my music comes to me naturally, it is never premeditated. My job then is to make exactly what I hear in my head. This is a special song for…


Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Miami rapper ToBy shares new EP 'SEITEICOS' adding a political, indie spin to an old sound

The latest EP from Miami- based lyrical rapper ToBy comes just in time. With his patterned enunciations and rhythmic commentary reminiscent of an early Childish Gambino, the messages throughout his multi-layered orchestrations provide an entertaining platform for connection and influence. ToBy's 'SEITEICOS' - Societies spelled backwards- is a truly blended experience; melding various cultures and covering…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 6:01pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Erykah Badu and Nas shift their approach, joining forces in poignant new track 'This Bitter Land'

Erykah Badu and Nas's new project stems from an even larger one; announced last winter, Badu landed a starring role in the upcoming film The Land-produced by Nas and Machine Gun Kelly. The latest track off the soundtrack: 'This Bitter Land', is a chilling…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Jimi Hendrix to be inducted into the legendary R&B Hall of Fame

August 21, 2016: Jimi Hendrix is set to be inducted into the legendary Rhythm&Blues Hall of Fame. Widely known as the 'greatest guitarist in the history of Rock' the notorious performer, musician, and icon, will be honored alongside more of the world's greatest artists, including Prince, Smokey Robinson, Bootsy Collins, Dionne…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: New editorial 'BLURED' from Jon Leão shares the beauty of contrast and detail

São Paulo- based photographer Jon Leão shares his most recent editorial project 'BLURED' and offers a beautiful perspective of light and contrast. Utilizing the blooming curls of his model (photographer and friend) Kamila Oliveira, Leão is able to amplify the beauty of the afro, while simultaneously highlighting the prominent hues of the piece. With obvious purpose, the model is place in the center of…


Added by Eye Candy on July 27, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: Prague-based artist and dancer Kristián Mensa shares lighthearted, mixed-media illustrations

Kristián Mensa is a Prague-based artist and illustrator and dancer. The multi-talented creative publishes work under the banner of World by Kriss where Mensa uses commonplace items to create humorous, mixed-media illustrations. These playful illustrations poke fun at everything from pop culture to politics to the plain silly. When he’s not drawing, Mensa flexes his creative muscle through breakdancing. See him bust a move at a London dance contest, down below.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Trinidadian Alt / Pop Singer Annalie Prime Crafts The Perfect Summer Jam With “Strong” #SoundCheck

If there's any silver lining to my car's AC being busted during the hottest week in human history, it's a track like Annalie Prime's “Strong.” An infectious summer jam, this is the kind of song that practically demands to be blasted with the windows down on the way to the beach. So that's what I'm gonna do. The AC will fix itself. (If you ignore a problem long enough it goes away on its own, right?) The Trinidadian alt / pop singer is still in college, but she's already…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Hip-hop collective Bon Voyage’s ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ gets sultry Batuk remix

Our first premiere today comes from hip-hop house collective Bon Voyage (Brooklyn rapper Shamon Cassette and Dublin producers The Supreme and Fono) and a remix for their energetic single ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ by South African-based Batuk. The dirty house remix exudes that mid-summer, long night sexiness without the $15 drinks and sweaty club go-ers. “The remix is by Batuk which is a collective from South Africa made up of Manteiga, Aero Manyelo and myself. Shamon Cassette…


Added by Sound Check on July 27, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

OP-ED: How revolutionary self-care becomes an act of radical activism

This year during Black History Month, a 23 year old Black Lives Matter activist, MarShawn M. McCarrell committed suicide on the steps of the Ohio State House. Hours before he took his life MarShawn posted on his Facebook saying “My demons won today, I’m sorry.” This reality breaks me. It made me think about how I talk about my dreams but never my nightmares. As millennial blacktivists we’re constantly throwing ourselves on the line for our causes not realizing the…


Added by The Establishment on July 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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