Check out Seattle-based post-punk grunge rocker Danny Denial’s emotionally honest two-piece release ‘$ell Me Out’/’Gross’. Channelling the most iconic sounds to ever come out of his city, over lo-fi punk-rock, Denial laments about the pressure to sell out in the music business, struggling to reach goals and depression. Quite listenable, if not a bit dreary. Worth a listen—check ‘$ell Me Out’/’Gross’ down below.…
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Sometimes there are times when people are exceptionally hard on themselves.
They're frustration over their imperfections and insecurity becomes so toxic, the darkness that takes over them and turns their mind against their soul.
Sometimes I feel like my mind is my enemy. Sometimes she spews such vile things over and over my soul is saturated with sadness and feelings of worthlessness. Sometimes it is like two angels one of them good and one of them evil…
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After his easy going playfulness graced the VMAs this past weekend, Chicago hip-hop sweetheart Chance the Rapper re-tweeted the original article celebrating his #BlackBoyJoy. The hashtag itself was created by The Root writer Danielle Young in an article about the rapper’s (and others) unabashed display of happiness…Continue
It's always cause for celebration when there's new music from The Seshen, the Oakland-based future-soul septet. Their latest single, “Distant Heart,” trades out their trademark massively complex polyrhythmic instrumental section for an equally massively complex synth suite. Singer Lalin St. Juste, as always, delivers her winding melodies somehow both…Continue
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I'm really baffled at the outrage people have on Colin Kaepernick but not the underlying issues we have in America. Racial injustices are a real issue but something else is also real key to add to this story. A lot of people are so angry because they feel not standing up for the flag means you're disrespecting veterans. Well America hasn't exactly been taking care of them. 22 veterans commit suicide every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Oh and don't let me get started on…
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Dressed in all black perfection, Willow and Jaden grace the cover of Interview Magazine’s September issue. The magnificent spread, shot by Steven Klein, captures the multi-talented youngsters doing what they do best—being themselves—everything from the defiantly perched peacock locs, unshakeable air of self-confidence, and that trademark quiet coolness that seems to follow them everywhere. The editorial is accompanied by an interview with Pharrell Williams, to boot. Check…Continue
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Clarissa Bannor is a passionate Ghanian-American afropolitan who credits motherhood, "the big chop", and veganism for guiding her mission to curate a liberated life that weaves African culture, black consciousness, and a compassionate palate with everyday life & style. …
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L.A.-based photographer Celeste Talbott-Rivera visualizes lavender-toned intergalactic badassery in ‘Afro futurism’ editorial. The futurist-themed project features model (and Celeste’s mother!) Ladawn Talbott, who is decked out in chrome-like, warrior-esque costume and gorgeous white-violet braids by Gloria Diggs. Check out the fun cosplay shoot below.
By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…
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To whom this may concern,
I want you to stay alive. Better yet I NEED you stay alive no matter what has occurred in your life. I know what the pain feels like. I know how the pages of life can turn. Right now you may feel nothing but darkness and you can't seem to find the light. You may feel like you want to end it all because you no longer have the strength to fight. You're just tired of being sick and tired. That doesn't make you weak.
I know some…
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Best known for his cult publication, Britain’s first satirical black culture comic book ‘Skank’, Bobby Joseph has recently collaborated with illustrator Joseph Samuels for a new graphic novel project called ‘Scotland Yardie’. The project follows an aggressive, drug-abusing, “Jamacian-styled” cop, out in the streets, doing whatever it takes to enforce his screwed up sense of justice. ‘Scotland Yardie’ comes out Oct. 6 via Knockabout Comics, and you can pre-order it…Continue
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The students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls are making a powerful stance against the institutionalized white supremacist policies embedded into South Africa’s formerly segregated “Model C” system and the white policing of black hair. This past Saturday, during the school’s annual Spring Fair, students peacefully and silently marched in protest of the policies until teachers and parent volunteers threatened to call the police to have the girls…Continue
Several weeks after past accusations of the rape of a college classmate resurfaced, director/actor Nate Parker spoke to Ebony in a candid interview about his 19-year-old self, toxic masculinity, male privilege and a whole lot more.
Littered with blunt and troubling statements about his former views, Parker verbalizes the troubling perspective many men suffer from as the result of taught hyper-masculinity and misogyny.
Early on, Parker describes his past…
Welinthon Nommo is a Barahona-based Dominican artist and illustrator. Nommo is an alumni of the Graduate School of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, co-founder of a sequential art and illustrations company called MORO STUDIO, and has worked as an illustrator and colorist for Susaeta publishing art director at the Izone-Education. The award-winning artists creates everything from sumptuous landscapes and scenarios to quirky character illustrations that are…Continue
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In times of cultural strife, it is wise and rejuvenating to ground oneself; to return to the earth and reflect. In the illuminated social climate of Brazil, its nesting creatives are heeding the call for release and grounding- creating works of art that not only inspire hope and pride, but recognize the cruciality of nature.
In photographer …Continue
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With lead guitar runs that would make Paganini jealous and a barrage of earth shaking beats, Behind The Mask marries metalcore feel with an almost neo-classical sense of melody. Their first two singles “The Message” and “Who's The Evil One” are laden with political and social commentary. “The Message” deals with corruption and starvation in Madagascar, while “Who's The Evil One” asks whether the band's image and sound make them more evil than the people they're…Continue
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Armed with her trademark effortless cool, the Chanel brand ambassadress Willow Smith posed for an edgy editorial for CR Fashion Book shot by their legendary Bruce Weber. NBD. Also true to form, Willow’s unique brand of eccentricity and Weber’s warm, theatricality shine through in this dynamic collaboration. Check it out below!
By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…
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Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at(AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."
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The life and times of novelist, activist, and public intellectual James Baldwin is getting the documentary treatment in filmmaker Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. Based on the notes from a book Baldwin was never able to finish, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ was to center around three critical black leaders whom were each assassinated: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. As …Continue
We explore the mind, creative process, and the gritty burrough of the Bronx with conscious, multifaceted musician Jafe. Part 1 of Higher Conversations takes you into his home where he shares a bit of his Dominican roots and the purpose behind his music. "Jafé was raised performing the afro-carribbean music and philosophies from the Dominican Republic. With exposure to Yoruba and its many spiritual sects, Rastafari, and the contradictions of modern society, he began…Continue
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