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Featured Blog Posts – August 2015 Archive (132)

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 2

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s “rising star” Black…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FASHION: 'All Night Long' Editorial ft. Mari Agory & Natiele in No Tofu Magazine

Photographer Manolo Campion captured models Mari Agory & Natiele in an editorial called 'All Night Long' for the September 2015 issue of No Tofu Magazine. Styled by Anna Katsanis, the mesmerizing series blurs gender lines beautifully. Makeup by William Murphy at Atelier Management. Hair by Stefano Greco at Bryan Bantry. Set design by Ian Salter at De Facto Inc.

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Ephemerals' Defiant 'You'll Never See Me Cry'

Today we're premiering 'You'll Never See Me Cry', the first single off London-based soul band Ephemerals' upcoming album, 'Chasin Ghosts'. Singer Wolfgang Valbrun and writer/band leader Hillman Mondegreen's emotional new track prominently features the piano playing of musician James Graham for a defiant anthem about love lost. 'You’ll Never See Me Cry' will be released on October 30th. Expect shows in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Paris leading to a full UK tour at the… Continue

Added by Sound Check on August 31, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Violin Celebrates Freedom and #BlackLivesMatter in 'Stereotypes'

Violin and viola duo Black Violin challenges stereotypes in the video for the lead single from their upcoming album, 'Stereotypes'. Directed by Danny Hastings, the visuals are a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and to people who dare to be free. Band member Wil Baptiste tells us: "All my life I've been black and I've had to live with the reality of who I am versus who I'm perceived to be. As a black Viola player, it's my duty to defy every preconceived notion." …

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Added by Sound Check on August 31, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'The Soles of AFROPUNK' - Photo Series By Sarah Bures

Check out 'The Soles of AFROPUNK', photographer Sarah Bures photography series on the footwear worn at this year's and last year's AFROPUNK Fest in New York. Bures tells us, "As I prepared to attend my first …
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NEW MUSIC: Future-Hop Veteran Giovanni Marks Updates Hip-Hop with New Wave Sensibilities on Two New Releases

If you had read my posts by now, you'd gather that my favorite kinds of hip-hop is the type that constantly challenges the popular notion of what hip-hop is supposed to sound like. Whether they mix genres, do something new with cadence, or what have you, nothing keeps me listening like hip-hop with something fresh attached to it. And no one had brought that to me more consistently than Giovanni Marks. If you were to ask me, I'd say that if you didn't look at the…

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Junior Astronomers Share New Single From Their Forthcoming 7", 'Thank You'

Listen to 'Slow Beat', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums Junior Astronomers. The North Carolina rockers have released the track as a teaser to their forthcoming EP, out September 29 2015 (the followup to the their 2013 album, 'Dead Nostalgia'). The 7", entitled 'Thank You', will be available on vinyl and digital formats and was recorded and mixed by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (mastered by Carl Saff). …

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FEATURE: 'Niobe: She Is Life' - Amandla Stenberg's Upcoming Comic Book

Check out the cover of Amandla Stenberg's new comic book, 'Niobe: She Is Life' (out in November). According to Bleeding Cool, the actress and activist was working on a prose novel 'Niobe' with fantasy author and publisher Sebastian A. Jones; however the planned novel has now been turned into a comic, with illustrations from Chicago artist…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Type Faces', The New Series From Visual Artist Samuel Rodriguez - Mixing Typography And Portraiture

Explore the latest work from Samuel Rodriguez, the California based artist known for his portraiture styles of "Topographical Portraiture" and "Type Faces". It's the latter which he focuses on in his new series of work, mixing typography and portraiture. Rodriguez states, "'Type Faces'…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The 'Power Violence' Sound Of Punk Trio Fat Stupid Ugly People

Rock out to the latest music from New Orleans punk rockers Fat Stupid Ugly People. Consisting of Hollise Murphy (vocals), John Angus Schexnayder (guitar), and Chris Prince (drums), the group are recognised for their 'Power Violence' sound; and for bringing a comedic edge to the aggressive hardcore genre. Murphy …

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'DayBlack' - Keef Cross' New Graphic Novel About A Black Vampire Tattoo Artist

Check out the new graphic novel series from Atlanta based visual artist Keef Cross - 'DayBlack'. The series centers on vampire Merce, a tattoo artist who became a vampire after he was bitten by one while working in the cotton fields (a slave during the U.S. slavery era). Its creator, also a tattooist, has joined forces with…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 28, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

FASHION: Model Alaud Deng Anei's Arresting One Magazine Editorial

Take a look at the this eye-catching editorial from One Magazine, featuring model Alaud Deng Anei. The bold images were shot by photographer Renata Kaveh and styled by Alexis Honce, and perfectly capture the African model's arresting beauty. Find all the images below (makeup & hair by Aniya Nandy and prop styling…

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NEW MUSIC: The Breathtaking New Single From Folk Singer-Songwriter Moses Sumney, 'Pleas'

Listen to the stunning new single from LA based folk singer-songwriter Moses Sumney. The atmospheric track is the B-side to the Ghanaian-American's Terrible Records 7", 'Seeds'. Terrible Records state, "The 7″ was recorded to a 4-track cassette recorder in an old cabin in Big Bear over the winter, where Moses spent weeks alone writing in isolation, before being mixed by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear)". Listen below and catch Moses Sumney at…

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Added by Sound Check on August 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Prince Reworks 'This Could B Us' For His Upcoming Album, 'HITNRUN'

Listen to Prince's latest release - an alternative version of Prince's ‘Art Official Age’ single, 'This Could B Us'. The latest reworking appears on his new album, 'HITNRUN'; the third release from the upcoming collection, following 'HARDROCKLOVER' and 'Stare'. …

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FEATURE: Acclaimed Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Zadie Smith Explore Race And Feminism In New NYPL Podcast

Check out this amazing podcast (via the New York Public Library) with critically acclaimed authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. In their candid conversation (recorded at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), the two writers discuss…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 27, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: South African Electro Songstress ELO Releases Her Debut Track - 'Stare'

Listen to the debut single from South African singer songwriter ELO - 'Stare'. The alt dance track (produced by Tshepang Ramoba of BLK JKS) features on her upcoming EP. ELO recently stated: "'Stare” is a song that reminds me of myself when I was carefree, sometimes reckless yet still choosing and loving myself. So this song takes me to…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Erykah

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Erykah, a blogger, looked killer in this ensemble.



By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor

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FEATURE: 'Under The Savage Sky' - The New Album From Rock 'n' Rollers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Listen to the latest releases from Rock 'n' Roll soul rockers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, featured on their soon-to-be released album - "Under The Savage Sky'. The release comes on the heels of their reunion tour with The Sonics. Describing the group…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Meet ANGEL-HO, The Cape Town Artist Resisting Colonialism’s Legacy Through Sound"

Check out the new music from Cape Town video and live performance artist ANGEL-HO (aka Angelo Antonio Valerio), a 21-year-old fine arts student who recently dropped his debut EP ('ASCENSION') - born out of sounds that he created for his art performances. With this debut project, the South African creative is tackling head-on the legacy of colonialism in South Africa. He told …

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Soul-Stirring New Single From Rockers The Suburban Plaza - 'A Note To Our City'

Listen to the latest track from soul rockers The Suburban Plaza - 'A Note To Our City' (feat. Cammy Enaharo, Ishmael Raps, Oliver Haynes & Will Zimmer). The soul-stirring track was shared with the following message: "We felt as if it was time to speak. We dedicate this to the families…

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