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Featured Blog Posts – September 2016 Archive (125)

NYC-based alternative R&B singer Justo Ontario does soulful dark ambience right in ‘Dancin’’

NYC is chock-full of young wide-eyed dreamers working their hardest to be the next big thing. After a long day’s grind, there’s nothing quite like hitting the dance floor and getting free for the night, and one of those hopefuls made the soundtrack to that moment. Justo Ontario, a NYC based crooner with released ‘Dancin’ to accompany the long nights after an even longer day. It’s the perfect song for your weekend, so get to streaming! …



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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian rapper Nego E brings Black Lives Matter (Vidas Negras Importam) to São Paulo in new visual for his song "Lua Negra (Black Moon)"

In the same week that mass protests reignited in the US because of the murder of black men by police, Brazilian rapper Nego E released the video for his single Lua Negra (Black Moon), in which he translates the tag #BlackLivesMatter to the Brazilian rap scene (#VidasNegrasImportam).



Since 2015, Kendrick Lamar (with To Pimp a Butterfly) and Beyoncé (with Formation, 2016) threw the door open to the debate on police violence against the black community and even…

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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Music: Moses Sumney and Thundercat Collaborate On The Explosive “Lonely World” #SoundCheck

With their shared talent for elliptically beautiful transcendence, it should be no surprise that the collaboration between Moses Sumney and Thundercat is as good as it is. Building slowly from Sumney's haunting falsetto and a bubbling bass line, the song grows to an explosive climax, while Sam Cannon's visuals swirl hypnotically. There are few better ways to spend 5 minutes.



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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Check out Canadian illustrator Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe’s fantastical, earthy depictions of Black women

The mind of Art of Edge, the Canadian illustrator whose given name is Ejiwa Ebenebe, is a study in fantasy and nature. Edge’s illustrations center on Black women, where she repurposes folklore and mythology inspiration with contemporary flair. Afros, locs, and braids are portrayed in whimsical colors and each piece has an awe-inspiring attention to detail. Check out her artwork here and on all of her social media.



By T. McLendon,…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration from AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016 - Maureen Powel

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration featuring model/blogger/stylist Maureen Powel (@Maureenpowel)



By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor



*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog Mokshini / Instagram:…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2016 at 2:18pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Black Punk drops gritty single ‘WTF You Gonna Do’ combining his love for hip hop, skateboarding, and punk music

The culture of rebellion and independence in skateboarding is reflected in the music that represents it--namely, punk rock and hip hop. So it should come as no surprise that New York skateboarder Black Dave chose both to represent his voice. In his new single ‘WTF You Gonna Do,’ he seems completely comfortable with his punk rock roots, and in an interview earlier this year he said, “Growing up skating, watching skate videos, it was punk rock and it was hip-hop that was in…

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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Solange is Black as hell in new album 'A Seat At The Table' and it's everything you didn't know you needed

#BlackGirlMagic. #BlackBoyJoy. #BlackLivesMatter. Black pride and solidarity is as at an all time high at the moment, with no end in sight. And with the artists of our time tapping into the essence of their Blackness by being their true selves on wax, in print, in paintings, and films, the future is looking extremely bright and unapologetically Black. Solange announced two days ago that her new album ‘A Seat At The Table’ was coming and by the looks of the tracklisting, we… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Composer/pianist/director Samora Pinderhughes releases emotionally raw “Statement of Resilience” to the black community with stunning visual ‘Cycles’

Today’s video premiere comes from composer, pianist, and director Samora Pinderhughes and his heavy-hitting visual, ‘Cycles: A Statement of Resilience from The Transformations Suite Community’. Directed by Pinderhughes and Stefon Bristol, the emotional spoken word track vulnerably describes the heartbreaking and traumatic experiences and perspectives of black Americans during this historic period of racial injustice and violence. Set to footage captured at Oakland’s Turf…

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Added by Sound Check on September 30, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Beast-riding heroine badass, Marki, makes debut in James Gages’ and Michael Watson’s bi-monthly comic book series ‘Emerald Quest’

Check out ‘Emerald Quest’—a bi-monthly comic book series written and created Michael Watson, with art by James Gage, letters by Danny Cooper and editor Erik McAlister. The gorgeous, mystical world of ‘Emerald Quest’ is set in a far-away…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 30, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

VIDEO: Peep K. White & Nyla Rose wax poetic in their perfect end of summer visual for the breezy single "Is This Love?"

The New York femcee K. White and collaborator Nyla rose connect on a groovy summertime joint, contemplating the age old question: "Is This Love?" K. White's raspy, grainy voice pairs well with the wispiness of Nyla Rose's soft soprano. The boom bap track is accompanied by a carefree, joyous video set in an amusement park for peak mellow vibes, bringing summer to a close with style. Peep the video below!



By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK alum Flying Lotus delivers lurching, diabolical single “Crowned” as alter ego Captain Murphy

Flying Lotus is presently one of the most enigmatic names in music. To further his brand of obscurity and mystery, he has been releasing music under the moniker Captain Murphy since 2012, each time creating an even more mystifying legacy for himself. ‘Crowned’ is a song that fits well within this storyline--it’s a low frequency, stratospheric track, with vocals that sound part possessed and part seductive. The track was released via Adult Swim Singles, which has been releasing a…

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

BOOK: Black author & activist Dr. Tamara Pizzoli combats negative imagery of Blackness with spunky new illustrated book 'Tallulah the Tooth Fairy, CEO'

As a child, every time my tooth started to wiggle, I couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy to pay me a visit. The story of the tooth fairy was such a lovely accompaniment to the frightening prospect of losing a tooth. Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, the author of new book ‘Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO’ is bringing our favorite fairytale into the 21st century in a partnership with Rome-based Italian publishing house The English Schoolhouse. The book's main character is Tallulah, the founder…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Danny Brown Turns Up The Contradictions To New Heights On The Exhilarating 'Atrocity Exhibition' #SoundCheck



What do you do when the high stops being fun but you're still fucked up? That's the question at the heart of Danny Brown's exhilarating new record Atrocity Exhibition, now streaming 3 days ahead of schedule. “Your worst nightmare, for me is a normal dream / Have I learned anything?” Brown asks on “Downward Spiral.” The contradictions fuel a record that takes a zig-zagging tour of Danny Brown's drug-addled psyche. The highest highs are followed by the worst come-downs,…

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fighting #OscarsSoWhite one movie at a time, Comedy Central star Jessica Williams announces debut lead role in upcoming feature film

Jessica Williams made history in 2012 when she became the first Black female correspondent on The Daily Show and now she's making the transition from comedy into full fledged acting. Independent production company Beachside announced that the actress-comedian will star in writer / director Jim Strouse’ new film in a role specifically developed for her. This isn’t the first time these two have collaborated on a film. Just last year Williams and Strouse worked together on…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: Philly-based rock-n-soul band Johnny Popcorn celebrates the struggles and successes of dream-chasing ‘Coming Home’ visual

‘Coming Home’ is the latest visual from Philly-based rock-n-soul group Johnny Popcorn. It’s impossible to put Johnny Popcorn in a genre box thanks to their eclectic sound that borrows from funk and hip-hop with rock and soul—and the song for their latest visual, ‘Coming Home’, is no different. A fire in the belly celebration about dream-chasing and goal-reaching. "'Coming Home' is a song true to the struggle of anyone determined to achieve their goal. The line "Im coming home… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Austin-based punk rockers BLXPLTN drop politically charged, anti-militarism headbanger ‘Blood On The Sand’

Our first premiere today comes from AFROPUNK alums BLXPLTN and their insanely listenable, headbanger of a track called ‘Blood On The Sand’. A politically charged, high-energy song wrought with anti-militarism themes that make commentary about the bullshit political climate, the brutality of warfare, and real estate wack-a-doo Donald Trump. “What do we do? Kill, kill, kill, kill!” Typical of what we’ve come to expected from this Austin-based band, BLXPLTN once again exhibits…

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Added by Sound Check on September 29, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Know What the Hell is in Your Food: Healthier Recipes for Your Fave Dishes

Hello, I’m Kendra Valentine and my blog Americulinariska promotes cooking grub for yourself with big flavor and REAL food. Since I’m an expat living abroad, it was important for me to get the comforts of home no matter where I called home, using creativity and whole food instead of unnatural processed-food short cuts.



The moment I started to understand how my food was made and the ingredients which comprise it, my perspective changed and I was able to take more…

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Added by Robust on September 29, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Indie Director Kimolee Eryn calls on black men and women to recognize their inherent greatness with short film “Take Back Your Crown“



Short film enthusiasts rejoice! Connecticut-based creator Kimolee Eryn unveils a new short set to spoken word poetry with Take Back Your Crown. The short film is a collaboration with The Vibrant Eye depicting black life from the perspective of an inner city artist. Take Back Your Crown is a call to action; it is a challenge to all black men and women to recognize the greatness in their nature, to embrace it and to spread the message. Watch the film in full… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on September 28, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Solange's new album “A Seat At The Table” will feature Q-Tip, Kelela, Dev Hynes, Sampha & more

Excuse me while I lose my mind. Songstress and Black creative goddess Solange announces her new album “A Seat At The Table” and from the looks of it, it’s going to be all kinds of Black genius. Her website has been updated to a minimalistic design with a few select snapshots, a submission form, and a digital book to accompany album. It seems that Solange has taken a cue from her sister Beyoncé, announcing the album just two days prior to its release, but I’m not complaining. With…

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Added by Sound Check on September 28, 2016 at 2:57pm — No Comments

In a vow to use her voice for change, Serena Williams says: “I Won’t Be Silent”

Celebrities have been lending their voice to the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, and 2016 has seen some of the highest profile sports stars taking a stand. Although not explicitly in support of BLM, Serena Williams took to Facebook to express her fear, worry, and resolve to make her voice be heard in an anecdote about a drive she took with her nephew. You can read the full statement below, but one part that stood out was a moment of self assessment when she…

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Added by The Race Card on September 28, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

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