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Featured Blog Posts – September 2015 Archive (148)

NEW MUSIC: Poet And Musician Shirlette Ammons Teams Up With Rock Duo Indigo Girls On Her New Single - 'Earth Intro'

Listen to the new single from North Carolina based poet and musician Shirlette Ammons, featuring rock duo Indigo Girls - 'Earth Intro'. The track is the lead single from Ammons' forthcoming album, 'Language Barrier'; an album which features AFROPUNK Fest alum Meshell Ndegeocello. Shirlette says: “As a part of the whole Language Barrier concept, I wanted to write an album that explores the ways we love across imposed and implied barriers. In this sense, Language…


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NEW MUSIC: Yasiin Bey Celebrates Resilience On New Golden Rules Track - 'Never Die' (Paul White Remix) feat. Freddie Gibbs

Check out the new track from hip-hop/soul duo Golden Rules (South London producer Paul White and Florida vocalist Eric Biddines), featuring the one and only Yasiin Bey. The track is a Paul White remix of Golden Rules' 'Never Die' release, and also features rapper Freddie Gibbs. On the mix, Gibbs and Yasiin Bey (with killer wordplay) discuss never giving up despite the knockbacks. Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku,…


Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Study Shows That "White People React To Evidence of White Privilege By Claiming Greater Personal Hardships"

Raw Story reports that a new research study at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has found that "white people respond to evidence that they are privileged by their race by insisting that they face greater hardships in life". WTF?! The study was conducted by researchers L. Taylor Phillips and Brian S. Lowery, and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Phillips and Lowery state: “Despite this reality, policy makers and power brokers continue…


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NEW MUSIC: 'The Sound Experiment' - British Soul Man Samm Henshaw Releases His Debut EP

Listen to the soul-stirring debut EP from British singer-songwriter Samm Henshaw, 'The Sound Experiment'. The soul man's camp state: "With ‘The Sound Experiment’, Samm Henshaw has shown an innate understanding for his craft of songwriting that belies his 21 years. Citing Hozier, D’Angelo and Paolo Nutini as his musical influences, along with many gospel greats, Henshaw’s roots play a huge part in his music. When combined with his love for experimentation, he has the…


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FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Ayande

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Ayande's purple candy floss hair made everyone crazy. A playful yet bold statement for sure! @ayacle

+ Don't miss our first AFROPUNK Fest in ATLANTA this weekend October 3-4!

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…


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FEATURE: Super Natural - Illustrator Marcus Williams' New Comic Book Superhero

Meet Super Natural, the badass black superhero from outer space! The creation of Atlanta based illustrator Marcus Williams, Super Natural was originally created as a supporting character for Anthony Piper’s 'Trill League' superhero parody (pictured at the bottom of the page), and now Williams is giving this heroine her own series. In regards to the story, he says: "Super Natural is…


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

FEATURE: 'Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution' Exhibition

Until Oct 31, 2015, a new exhibition centered on political, social and cultural movements - entitled 'Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution' - is on display at the Rush Arts Gallery, New York; curated by Oshun Layne and Daniel Simmons, and featuring over 100 artists. Daniel Simmons…


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OP-ED: How Not To Be Racist At Uni 101 (for Students)

I interviewed five women of colour studying undergraduate degrees in arts and social sciences at different universities across the UK to see if there were things which united our experiences. We discussed everything from dynamics in da club and awkward race-based seminars to themed nights out which scream cultural appropriation. It seems the most efficient way to offer a critical insight into our experiences was to take real life scenarios and turn them into a How…


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FREE DOWNLOAD: Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, And Thundercat Unite As Afrofuturist Super-Group Woke, and Release New Track With George Clinton

Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, And Thundercat are now a super-group! Yes, you heard right. Going by the name of Woke, the afrofuturist collective - Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus), Stephen Bruner (Thundercat), and Ishmael Butler & Tendai Maraire (Shabazz Palaces) - have dropped their first track, and it features the legendary Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George Clinton. Listen to the Flying Lotus produced single below, entitled 'The Lavishments of Light Looking'…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Brother-Sister Rock Duo Charlie Belle Release The Title Track Of Their New EP - 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone'

Check out the latest Charlie Belle track! The single, entitled 'I Don’t Want To Be Alone', is the title track of the brother-sister duo's brand new EP and continues from where the Austin-based rockers (Gyasi and Jendayi Bonds) left off with their debut collection. Jendayi,…


Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Magic Crystals, Flowers and A General Hippie Vibe - Iris Gold Releases Uplifting Slow Jam, 'Color Trip'

Listen to the soulful new single from Iris Gold, 'Color Trip' - the follow up track to the UK singer-songwriter's debut release, 'Goldmine'. Her camp tells us: "The lyrics about incense, magic crystals, flowers and general hippie vibe of the song correspond with her unique backstory:…


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FASHION: A “Modern-Day Warrior" - Debra Shaw for Manish Arora Fall-Winter 2015/16

Check out the latest poster campaign from Indian fashion designer Manish Arora, featuring legendary model Debra Shaw. The 90's fashion fixture is photographed in Arora's debut fall…


Added by Safety Pins on September 29, 2015 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

INTERVIEW: A Conversation With Indianapolis Based Hip Hop Group Native Sun

Every so often a group like Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and the Hydroglyphics will pop up on the music scene. One group who has been making a name for themselves for over 15 years is a group which goes by the name of Native Sun. They hail from the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, which has given birth to artists such as R&B pioneer Babyface and Hip Hop group Mudkids. AfroPunk blogger, Brandon Jackson, had a chance to sit down with them to discuss…


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FEATURE: "The year was 1900 & there was an Exhibition titled, "The Exhibition of American Negroes."

Dear, 1900: The Exhibition of American Negroes premiered in 1900 at the tip of a brand new century. Yes, the word "Negro" can scout out an inquisitiveness from a modern foundation, which would offer the mind into trying to stipulate what this particular exhibition was all about.  Well-known author, sociologist & civil-rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868-Aug. 27, 1963) was recruited by an attorney named Thomas Calloway (chief creator for this…


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AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 5

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…


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FEATURE The 'Rewind' Exhibit - "Kente Cloth Klansmen and Paul Rucker’s Art That Provokes"

Take a look at the 'Rewind' exhibit, the latest work from acclaimed visual artist Paul Rucker. The Root says that the exhibition (which is currently on at the…


Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: ‘Classically Beautiful’ Filmed Discussion - Black Women "Addressing And Appreciating The Internal And External Beauty of Them Selves"

Check out 'Classically Beautiful', a filmed discussion between black women "addressing and appreciating the internal and external beauty of them selves" - as stated by its creators, Quest and creative collective Coal Crown. The team add: "9 months ago after hearing the speculation about the New York Times journalist who had referred to Viola Davis as less “classically beautiful” than Kerry Washington, Quest felt it in his spirit to provide a platform that would shed…


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ART: An Imaginative Take On Black Beauty - The Illustrations of Adeola Goodwin

Take a look at the striking illustrations of Adeola Goodwin - a New York artist focused on black empowerment and the quirky side of black beauty. The Philadelphia native tells us: "This year, I've been putting a more specified purpose into my art. I've been writing short, simple poems dedicated to the beautiful brown people who may need extra…


Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2015 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "A World Of Myth, Folklore, Fantasy and Legends From The Motherland" - The 'New Born Saga' Comic Series

Take a look at the 'New Born Saga' comic series - "a world of Myth, folklore, Fantasy and Legends from the motherland", states its creators. The fantasy story (which is set in the time when the ancient gods walked the earth) is illustrated by Peter Daniel and directed by Adeniji Jnr; and colored by Ikechukwu Obikwu, Femi Fatumi and Jide Olusanaya. Check out some images of the characters below. FYI the comic will be made available soon …


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VIDEO PREMIERE: Paris-based Producer Jalal's New Track Gets The Visual Treatment - 'The Preacher' (Feat. Deeway x Viane x Akuji)

Today we're premiering the visual for Paris-based producer Jalal's new collaboration with singer-songwirter Deeway, 'The Preacher (feat. Viane and Akuji)'. Deeway tells us: "The vision of this song is first of all an appeal of loving yourself in general. Respect yourself if you want to be respected, build your own rules within this system (particularly Black woman who are dealing with inferiority complexes). I use the term "preacher" to say everybody is a…


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