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London's Tate Modern immortalizes the black revolution in tributary exhibit "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power"

Revolutions are sparked and continued by a collective agreement. This agreement to persistently voice and activate one's cause comes in many forms of-arguably one of the most important forms being through art.

Art defines generations, and- in the activism attached- comes to represent the collective consciousness of a movement. London's Tate Modern is doing it's part at…


Added by Eye Candy on July 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Natural monument to Resistance: the Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge for those escaping slavery

Rarely is the real history of the Great Dismal Swamp ever talked about. There is a good reason. It was used for nearly 250 years as a sanctuary for those escaping slavery and colonialism.

In the 1800s, the Great Dismal Swamp was a 2,000 square mile tangle of dense brush, swamps and bogs between Virginia and North Carolina. As early as the 1600s, Native Americans, runaway slaves and even white indentured servants used the swamp as a refuge to avoid bondage and…


Added by The Race Card on July 12, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Macron says Africa's issue is "civilizational", fails to address France's imperialism

20 of the major economies on the planet unite annually at the G20 to discuss ways in which they can work together in order to improve the state of the world globally. It is during this forum that Emmanuel Macron, the freshly elected French president, made remarks about Africa that made many people frown. When asked why there was no Marshall Plan (a financial aid given from the US to European countries destroyed after World War 2) for the continent, Macron answered by…


Added by The Establishment on July 12, 2017 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Nigerian-American filmmaker explores healing and self-discovery in upcoming feature film

‘The Beautiful Ones Are All Mad’ is the breathtaking visual project by Nigerian-American filmmaker Uche Aguh that follows the journey of a manic depressive, Kunle, and the psychiatric Intern, Lola, who works at the rehabilitation center Kunle has landed in. Through whimsical, romantic, and hopeful…


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

VIDEO PREMIERE: New York jazz-pop band tubafresh gets groovy in playful "Casper Connect"

New York-based jazz-pop band tubafresh (all lower case) was only formed in late 2016, but they are already making waves. Led by sousaphonist Chanell Crichlow, the band's latest song “Casper Connect” is a playful instrumental carried by a persistent wave of synth melody, percussion, and horns. The video for the upbeat jam follows the band's performance under a technicolor matte that gives the visuals just as much life as the music.…


Added by Sound Check on July 12, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

An open letter to "undateable Blerd men": It's not us, it's you

Another day partaking in the internet’s favorite pastime: slandering Black women. The latest 0 Kelvin take is also a staple: Why Black women made me, a Black man, date white women. An opinion piece so cold Mr. Freeze couldn’t hold it without losing a limb to frostbite has popped up frequently on popular sites…


Added by Sexual Politics on July 12, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

WTF! Facebook bans hardcore band Negro Terror for "Hate Speech", doesn't ban their racist harassers

While U.S. Marines are sharing revenge porn and non-consensual pornographic photos of servicewomen for years and years, Facebook has been severely cracking down on pages and accounts belonging to Black and non-black POCs, locking folks out of their account for “hate speech” against white men, which so often includes posts…


Added by Sound Check on July 11, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Interview: London-based company Printed Soles to vend at AFROPUNK Paris

We sat down with London-based company Printed Soles-hand designed, customised footwear- to learn a little bit more about their unique products and the mission that accompanies. As a Black-owned business it's important to not only get your work sold, but your purpose heard as well.

Look out for them at this years …


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Yorùbá-pop duo Ibeyi is back to lift your spirits with energetic new track "Away Away"

Your favorite twins are back in full effect with the release of their new single!

"Away Away" is the perfect reintroduction of the revelating group, who've- Since the release of their critically-acclaimed, self-titled, debut album-made a name for themselves under their genre-defying umbrella of a Yorùbá fusion of pop,…


Added by Sound Check on July 11, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Aid is a sham: The West is taking more from Africa than it is "giving"

Have you ever came across an aid campaign on TV picturing a child sitting on a dusty ground, wearing ripped clothes, with a fly wandering around his face. The child in question is told to be suffering from cholera, diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia…you name it. He becomes the ambassador of despair of a whole continent, where all 660 million children are waiting for the donated dollar that will improve their lives. Not to mention that these type aid ads stay around for 5 to 10…


Added by The Establishment on July 11, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Nelsan Ellis' family wants his addiction to be a cautionary tale to help others

In the wake of a death, it is often difficult to find a silver lining, seemingly impossible when that death is untimely.

But the case of Nelsan Ellis and his family, his untimely death may be an instrument of education and prevention to those he's left behind. Following his death on July 8th, reports confirmed it due to "complications with heart failure", yet over the past couple of days his father has come forward…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Vibrant photo series celebrates the diversity of Black men

Zak Salad is an East African-born British filmmaker whose work tackles the lack of visibility among Black men globally. His latest project, StrongBlackMen is a culmination of this work, a series of vibrant portraits of Black men in various settings and styles, done in collaboration with photographer by Sammi Swar. Using color as a motif, Swar emphasizes the diversity of characters (all embodied by Salad) through beautiful framing. Check…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Black-queer couple launches lifestyle brand celebrating Blackness, queerness and the resistance

"Jesus said to love your enemies, NOT to keep their asses around" –– This is one of the messages of Blairisms, a lifestyle brand founded by DC-based, Black, queer couple, Blair and Brandon Dottin-Haley. Blairisms celebrates Blackness, queerness, and resistance in the age of Trump ("Not my fucking president!" is another Blairism), using inspirational and sometimes cheeky messages on apparel and other…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Post-apocalyptic African fantasy series is in the works at HBO!

Brb. Screaming. Dying. With the help of "Game Of Thrones'" George RR Martin serving as executive producer, HBO is working on a series adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic Africa novel "Who Fears Death"!

Okorafor’s novel follows the African Nuru tribe, which has enslaved the Okeke people, and is now looking to eradicate the Okeke for once and for all. But when an Okeke woman is raped by a Nuru man, she gives birth to a daughter named Onyesonwu—a…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

South African artist Sibahle Nkumbi assaulted & pushed down stairs by racist asshole

It seems like every other day there's another story about racism and Airbnb. The latest revolves around South African visual artist Sibahle Steve Nkumbi, who was captured on video being thrown down a staircase while leaving an Airbnb she and a few friends had rented out in Amsterdam. Nkumbi came to the city to work an exhibit at the Stedelijk Museum with Zanele Muholi, and…


Added by The Race Card on July 11, 2017 at 11:01am — No Comments

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins' next film is a James Baldwin adaptation!

Academy Award-winning ‘Moonlight’ writer/director Barry Jenkins is set to direct an adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” as part of Jenkins’ production company Pastel’s deal with Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Baldwin’s 1974 novel is set in (then) modern-day Harlem and follows a young engaged couple, Fonny and Tish. Tish, who is pregnant with the couple’s child, is forced to prove Fonny’s innocence when he is falsely accused of rape.…


Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments

Painter Jurell Cayetano wows with post-impressionist portraits

Working with gouache and colored pencil, fine artist Jurell Cayetano creates post-impressionist style portraits that so delightfully employ elements of synthetism and cloisonnism techniques reminiscent of the work of Paul Cézanne, Charles Laval, Pierre Bonnard. There’s something so pleasurable about seeing black people portrayed in the most everyday settings that emphasize and represent our humanity without needing pain or suffering to do so that’s incredibly uplifting and…


Added by Eye Candy on July 10, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge had no time for the madness

Gloria Richardson Dandridge is a civil rights icon best known for leading the 1960s Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Dandridge, who was initially reluctant to join actions organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) because she disagreed with their non-violence regulations, became the spokesperson for and helped create the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, the first adult-led affiliate of SNCC, in order to fight segregation in the city.…


Added by The Race Card on July 10, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47 is back with infectious summer anthem "Miss Me"

"MISS ME WITH THE BULLSH*T"= Mood for the rest of 2k17 thanks to the latest infectious track "Miss Me" from Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47.

The masked performer sets it off with her first project of the year- as "Miss Me" offers summer 2k17 the perfect club anthem- leaving the listener high on beat and…


Added by Sound Check on July 10, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Paris Activism Row: these organizations are doing important work in the city

is only days away! And though this year's festival features our most exciting lineup yet (including Yasiin Bey [Mos Def], Macy Gray, Laura Mvula and more!), we're not only here for entertainment. We have also partnered with organizations on the ground who are dedicated to bringing AFROPUNK's mission of "giving voice to the unwritten, unwelcome and unseen" to life. From providing critical support to migrants, promoting Afro-feminism, and protecting LGBTQ communities,…


Added by AFROPUNK Events on July 10, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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