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Featured Blog Posts – October 2010 Archive (17)

Black Witch: Books and Sites for Witchcraft for the searching soul

Halloween/Samhain is on Sunday and that’s the Black Witch Ustream chat via the Afro-Punk Ustream on homepage! It will be on Oct. 31 at 4:30 PM EST (Time changed). How this is gonna work: I video cast at the Mystickal Voyage… Continue

Added by The Establishment on October 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Tea Party Rep: “Black Men Prefer Drug Dealing To Education”

Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a candidate’s forum last week. Al Reynolds, who is considered the Tea Party candidate in Illinois’ 52nd District, has been unavailable to the media since saying that African American men preferred dealing drugs to going to college, because it is “easier.”…


Added by The Establishment on October 27, 2010 at 5:26pm — 8 Comments

ShingoSays: The CMJ Roundup: CMJ is no joke

I’m bleeding exhausted. Those of you who were in New York City this past weekend, there’s probably a 100% chance you were CMJing. I too willfully and eagerly ran my body into the ground during CMJ, the College Music Journal’s music marathon/festival/4 day shit-show of every band you’ve ever wanted to see, back to back, and in a row all over the city. To do CMJ efficiently it requires a detailed schedule, cooperation from your friends who don’t want to go to rock shows, and…

Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Shawn Brown Spills the Beans on Dag Nasty

To some, Shawn Brown is a legend of hardcore. A one-off. A voice who injected real anger and passion into a genre renowned for crybabies and tough-guy posers. As the original vocalist in Dag Nasty he helped Brian Baker exorcise his post-Minor Threat demons before getting unceremoniously booted out for his trouble. With Swiz, he wrote the book on how progressive hardcore could still retain its aggression and confidence while…

Added by Sound Check on October 25, 2010 at 3:13pm — 5 Comments

Rap vs Rock: The Ultimate Pointless Never Ending Debate

The other day I scrolled through my Facebook updates as usual, and someone’s status caught my attention. Fellow member, Oni, wrote: “It's always Metal vs. Rap. Even though I don't listen to rap, I have a feeling that people really need to grow up.” That is all to familiar. I find myself in similar quarrels more frequently than I should. As a music fanatic, however, it’s natural to jump to your favorite genre’s defense. In this particular showdown I stand behind…

Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2010 at 2:19pm — 17 Comments

FISHBONE Merch Giveaway and New Documentary Release Interview

**Update - Contest Winner: Congratulations Jaslyn! You won a poster of the Everyday Sunshine documentary signed by Fishbone members Angelo and Norwood!**

Everyday Sunshine,
the newly released documentary on the multi genre, multi dimensional, multi fucking crazy band,…

Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2010 at 7:00pm — 12 Comments

So, What are You Anyway? A Shot of Mixed Race

Samantha Isom considers herself mixed race. Her mom, white, and her father, black, Samantha had mixed friends growing up near a military base in South Jersey, where she said that most of the kids she knew were mixed. No one really claimed a race. After a while, things started to change. As she got older, she realized that mixed race people often felt the need to claim to just one race and often had issues in their lives that they choose to overlook. As a photographer, she…

Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Gay Morehouse Students React to VIBE Article

When VIBE magazine published an article called "Mean Girls of Morehouse" this month, it was undoubtably instigating debate and conversation regarding the gay community at the all male school in Atlanta, GA. The article profiles a…

Added by Gender Bent on October 18, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Corey Glover and Living Colour Give Each Other Room while getting ready for Smokeout 2010

Corey Glover is indeed a rock and roll renaissance man. He is the singer/frontman for New York rockers Living Colour and he is also an accomplished actor on both stage and screen. Add to that husband and father of two, and you have a jack of all trades who has truly mastered them all. As he and his bandmates prepare to hit San Bernardino for the Cypress Hill Smokeout and The…

Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2010 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

Black Witch: "Witch's Halloween"

“Once upon a midnight dreary, I sat in my chamber oh so weary." Sound like me when I make a new column sometimes. Halloween is just around the corner, my favorite holiday! Aw, I just love Halloween/Samhain! I love the magickal spark in the air, the festivities and spookiness, everything filled with mystery and joy - Not to mention the free candy, dressing up in ridiculous costumes and being silly, I love those… Continue

Added by The Establishment on October 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

ShingoSays: MIA show at Brooklyn Bowl - The perfect time to take a bathroom break.

My Afropunk kindren,

Welcome to my first bit of blogging as Afropunk’s latest nightlife correspondent! I’m your source and go-to for everything ridiculous, cool, and probably slightly dangerous. I go to shows; kinda my thing, so stick with me if you want to avoid wackness. There is too much awesome going on in this town to ever not be having a good time.

Words by Alexandria Gamlin a.k.a. Shingo

In the interest of full disclosure, you… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

A Review of Basquiat: A slam dance on Canvas

The aesthetic is pure punk. A slam dance on canvas. Brush strokes that don’t bow to conformity or render creations anything less than wholly original. The colors, shapes and ideas suggest a disregard for expected paradigms. Traditional forms and styles are deconstructed and rendered over again, guerilla style. It’s not surprising that…

Added by Eye Candy on October 13, 2010 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Dorm Room Diaries of a Fem Nerd: Outlaw My Middle Finger, France

In this week's installment of Dorm Room Diaries of a Fem Nerd, our residential Fem Nerd, Twyla Cummings lashes out on France's newly passed law banning Muslim women from wearing full…

Added by Gender Bent on October 11, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Natural Hair Convention this weekend in Chicago- Founder speaks to

I really want to slap myself for not being in Chicago this weekend for the 2010 natural hair convention. Looking at the photos from last year's event, it looked like a…

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

4 Webcomics Created by African Americans

The dearth of African American perspectives in mainstream comic books inspired many black artists to create webcomics. Webcomics are online sites that present a story in comic book form. The success of Boondocks and the current global recession were motivators for many of these artists to try their hand at starting an online webcomic business. These five webcomics present a sample of African American entrepreneurs…

Added by Eye Candy on October 6, 2010 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Black , brown, or yellow-- are we all in the same box?

Black people come in a variety of skin colors, from dark brown to light brown — the key word here being “brown”. Yes. Despite the fact that we are called “black” our skin is actually brown. Even the darkest of “black” skin is an ebony tone. Similarly, our hair texture varies from the very tightly kinked to the very loosely…

Added by The Race Card on October 6, 2010 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Black Witch: "Mental Mentality"

Every religion has them and every religion would like to deny they got them. Psychos. Nutjobs. Need to be locked up in the wacko shack. Coo coo in the coconut. Nutters. Completely mental. Off their rocker. Basket cases. Extremists. Crazies. Usually these people are considered to be literalists of their faith and fairly misunderstanding of that faith at well. As a Pagan, I usually come in contact with the Christian version. They are the Jesus freaks, bible thumpers, whatever…

Added by The Establishment on October 1, 2010 at 2:11pm — 7 Comments

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