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Featured Blog Posts – August 2010 Archive (13)

Dorm Room Diary of a Fem Nerd: Ain't I a Senior?

Twyla is back at it again with another video segment of the Dorm Room Diaries of a Femnerd. In this segment, Twyla calls attention to a particular Title IX lawsuit in progress that really has her blood boiling this week. She also drops some knowledge on a shocking military policy. Video after jump.

Dorm Room Diary of a Fem Nerd: Ain't I a Senior?


Added by Gender Bent on August 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Afro Punk Classic: Stiffed featuring Santi White

Before she was Santigold (nee Santo-) she was Santi White, front woman of the Philly punk band Stiffed. Watching the band rock out on a frigid New York night some six years ago, trying to summon enough foresight to guess at White’s legacy would have been as fruitless as scrutinizing an embryo ultrasound and trying to guess whether or not the baby would be cute. As Stiffed’s el capitan, Santi White had become the subject of a highly un-likely reality that would have made for great… Continue

Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Will mainstream attention threaten natural entrepreneurs?

As naturals, we tend to be excited when the ‘mainstream’ picks up on the trends in our community. But what if this attention destroys natural entrepreneurship? I have worked in the beauty industry for the last 11 years as a professional makeup artist. In my retail beauty days, I was often invited to exclusive trainings and launch parties by some of the top tier luxury beauty and hair brands. Over time I noticed something different in the atmosphere; there seemed to be more…

Added by Safety Pins on August 23, 2010 at 4:36pm — 7 Comments

Black Witch: The Arts, featuring Nastassia, Lupe, and much more!

Here comes another round of The Arts! I hope you enjoyed the last one. Now we did completely music for The Arts but I wanna make sure everyone understands I’m doing all the arts. If it’s creative, it’s up here. I couldn’t modify the post for Artscape, a festival that’s every summer in Baltimore celebrating all the arts (except for the literary arts), for last month because The Arts posts are fairly…

Added by The Establishment on August 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Dr. Laura’s Disease: Edgy White Person Syndrome

White people saying “nigger.” That’s always pleasant right? Saying “nigger” eleven times with head held high? Feels more like a massage. A really racist massage. In this week’s episode, follow comedian Elon James White's journey into the twisted, entitled mind of America’s favorite repressed, gay-bashing, antifeminist “radio therapist,” Dr. Laura. And what we find is a disease I like to call E.W.P.S., or Edgy White Person Syndrome. And even though Dr. Laura is already slinking…

Added by The Race Card on August 20, 2010 at 1:50pm — 4 Comments

Tired of the trends, Afro-punk member creates own line

It was excruciatingly hot and I had under an hour to get to East Williamsburg to meet up with fashion designer, Maat Oguntunde. The L train took forever to arrive and even longer to get there, after all it was a Saturday afternoon. Blackberry clutched in my right hand, messenger bag strapped over my shoulder stuffed with junk, and sunglasses sliding down my nose from sweat I rushed out the Morgan Avenue train…

Added by Safety Pins on August 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

What does it mean to “look African?"

I didn’t know I was African until I left Africa. A loaded statement coming from a Nigerian; an Igbo girl. Nonetheless, it is exactly the way I used to feel, before my family relocated back to the States from Nigeria. Before I left the confines of my father country, declaring me an African person was redundant- a statement of the obvious – so I never had to consciously think about it. In Nigeria, particularly in my Igbo culture, my father’s name and my education were the two…

Added by The Race Card on August 16, 2010 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

Fighting Youth Homelessness, One Show at a Time

When James Beary was 19, he found himself sleeping on the train. His mom lost her job right after 9/11 and struggled to keep the family afloat. Energetic, full of stories and smiles, James does not fit the typical mold that most people think when they hear the word "homeless." He says his situation can happen to anyone at any age. James said while being without a place to call home, he would go to music shows and stayed…

Added by AFROPUNK on August 16, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

When Your Fro Just Ain't Workin, Check out Oyin Handmade

Options for natural hair are much more vast than we seem to believe. Whether you go for a loc and twist style or a short fro, maintaining it is always an issue. My senior year of high school was transition city for me. This meant no perms and no chemical bullshit. With no more perms came a head full of coarse hair and no products to keep it nourished and unbreakable. I tried locs, a bald head and now I am rocking a fade/fro style. But still the idea of finding products that…

Added by Safety Pins on August 13, 2010 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

A girly girl’s perspective to being punktacular

My favorite color is pink, I never miss a nail appointment, and I’ve got enough lace panties to last me a lifetime. Where am I going with this? Let’s just say some folks try hard to revoke my afro-punk card. I feel the cold hard stares every time I attend a local concert decked out in my usual wares, texting away on my blackberry covered in Hello Kitty stickers. “What is this bourgeois bitch doing here?” girls whisper to one another. In a room full of ripped denims and spikes,…

Added by Gender Bent on August 9, 2010 at 4:50pm — 24 Comments

Black Witch: Anything you wanted to ask a witch

Alright, this is the first Ask a Witch installment for the Black Witch column. Basically, you guys ask me questions throughout the month either in the comments or using the “Ask a Witch” form here. I pick out the three best to answer from the queue and answer them here! You can ask me anything so long it’s not a divination reading or something stupid (but I will take silly questions, just not stupid questions). Because I started asking for Ask a Witch questions kinda midway…

Added by The Establishment on August 6, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

R.I.P.: Early Graves Vocalist Makh Daniels

Hi AP fam, we just heard the news that Makh Daniels, vocalist of punk/metal band Early Graves was killed when the band's tour van crashed. Makh was an active member of the Afro-punk community. Our condolences to his family, friends, bandmates and all the people who love him.

See below for more info about the accident.

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Added by AFROPUNK on August 4, 2010 at 7:00pm — 24 Comments

Capturing the freaks of Life: Photographer Kareem Black

He is the self-proclaimed American dream. He has seen poverty, beauty; destruction and life begin and end. Through photography, he’s experienced only the reflection you see in a black and white. Kareem Black, 34, native of Philadelphia who now lives in New York is living his dream; different scenery, people and pleasure. Presently Kareem calls Manhattan home and shoots for an array of publications, including Flaunt, Fader, GQ, Vibe,…

Added by Eye Candy on August 3, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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