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Featured Blog Posts – November 2013 Archive (16)

"Selfies": Signs Of Pride Or "Cry for Help"?

AP Fam, what's your take on the whole "selfie" madness?

Some say they're empowering and a sign a pride. Some say they're a cry for help.

What's the deal? Pride or desperate narcissism? (i.e. "a devastatingly vulnerable…

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Added by Robust on November 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Meet Visual Artist Mear One's New Slaves

It’s been over 400 years since the Trans-Atlantic slave trade occurred & throughout African Americans & Blacks’ struggle for equality, the mental idea of freedom is still blurry within the African diaspora. The world as a whole has quickly developed as a chess board for the most influential leaders to play on, as we the citizens take on the attributes of pawns and puppets. This system is even more present in the billion dollar prison industry. In his paintings &…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Readers of the New School: 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest book Americanah is a vivid tale that illustrates the complexity of life in the US for many Africans. The story centers around the life of Ifemlu and Obinze, two bright college students who fell in love at a young age, the two are forced to part ways and leave their country due to unrest in their area and university strikes. The two are separated when Ifemelu moves to the US to continue college, and Obinze heads to…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Visual Artist Mattahan: Humans, Beasts & I... Oh My!

The height of Black giants larger than life, surpassing clouds while odd looking beasts and fish roam the earth is nothing far from the imagination; especially when you have the gift to be able to recreate the exact image of some sort of surreal, spectacle in your mind. The beautiful part about these spectacles shared is that they're ambiguous- open for one’s own interpretation. So who's to say that artist Mattahan’s (born Paul Davey) illustrations are not a force to be reckoned…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Lemi Ghariokwu: King of Afro Pop Art

What happens when African culture and Pop art mingle and explode in the non-traditional art scene? You get Afro Pop Art! Dubbed the King of Afro Pop Art, Lemi Ghariokwu has created numerous album covers for the likes of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba and most notably, the legendary Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. Commanding the eye’s attention, the vibrant colors, social commentary, and figurative characters dance with the messages of equality, freedom from social dogma in…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 26, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

The AFROPUNK Lifestyle of Black Skater Chicks

Remember the Black Skater Chick features on Afropunk.com? We need to talk more about these ladies with mad skate skills. I was listening to my iPod the other day, and the song Kick Push by Lupe Fiasco came on. I absolutely love that jam. The song is about the life of a skater yearning for an oasis to coast. The lyrics of the song got me to thinking about the lives of Black skaters. I…

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Added by APX on November 25, 2013 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

AP Fashion: Sober Sundays – Dress in your Sunday Best for Brunch

Sunday brunch with my mom or a friend has become a tradition over the past few months. Sometimes it feels great to wake up to the silent streets of New York, get dressed and head out to a cafe or restaurant for French toast, a cappuccino and good laughs. For many adults and college students, Sunday is recovery day or as many like to call it... "Sober Sundays." I’m all about being comfy on a Sunday, but I never want to look like the turn up was too real the night before. Be cozy,…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 25, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Slut-Shaming is Against the Guy Code

So you’ve stashed a few compromising photos of your ex-girlfriend in your digital vault. You’re a heterosexual man; a man with publishing power, you’ve no qualms about addressing your personal gripe in a very public way. And once you unleash the photos from your bold grip, you will feel gratified.

This release will feel better than the orgasms you used to enjoy with her.

And behind your anonymity bares your bloated power and arrogance which stems from your distorted…

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Added by Sexual Politics on November 22, 2013 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Kehinde Wiley

 

There's an obvious contrast between men dressed in bandanas, Nike sneakers, Timbaland boots, baggy pants and bright-colored floral patterns, French Rococo backdrops. Kehinde Wiley is the one to thank for these genius creations! Who would ever think men from the inner city walking horses through the remote sands, and posing before riding off into the sunset would be so beautiful? Every portrait is different. Wiley focuses on painting people of the African diaspora in…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 22, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Meet Visual Artist Mshindo Kuumba And His Whimsical Universe

Galactic powers have birthed an artist of magnificent stature. His hand reigns supreme in all his illustrations maintaining hold of a metaphysical and whimsical structure. Meet artist, Mshindo I. Kuumba, who is a comic creator for the likes of Jaycen Wise, Ebony Warrior, and Advent Comics just to name a few.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…



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Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2013 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Black Girls Who LITERALLY Rock!

I can't believe I've slept on some of these artists and now I find myself completely addicted to them. In the 80's I was all about the heavy metal hair bands. I was a fan of Metallica, Poison, Guns N' Roses, and Skid Row. I was a loyal subscriber of BOP Magazine and I must confess that I did have a poster on my wall of Bret Michaels from Poison and Sebastian Bach from Skid Row. In the 90's when wearing flannel was hot and Seattle was the place to be, I was totally a grunge rock…

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Added by Sound Check on November 20, 2013 at 9:05am — 6 Comments

Street Style By Aagdolla: Check The Dopeness

Photographer Aagdolla hits the streets of NYC to bring us his top street styles. And as always he came back with the dopeness! Check it.…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Readers of the New School: 12 Years A Slave

There has been a lot of talk surrounding 12 Years a Slave recently and after seeing the movie and reading the story of Solomon Northup, a free man savagely kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, I completely understand why; it is a vivid firsthand account of his life as a slave and his quest to be reunited with the family that he was so unjustly taken away from. Solomon Northup’s account of slavery is unique in that he is able to tell two very distinctive tales, one…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 12, 2013 at 11:26am — No Comments

Freeze That! London-Based Moko Is An Artist To Watch

Looking for something fresh and tasty? London-based artist Moko will grab you with her deep voice and finish you with her intriguing visuals. Her debut release 'The Black EP' is out now, with topics ranging from relationships to the challenges of cocaine addiction. We're giving you a taste of what to expect below with her latest video, 'Freeze' and some music to stream.…

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Added by Sound Check on November 6, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Babajide B. Olatunji: Recreating Life in Pencil

Art is one of many great channels to provoke thought and evoke emotion; emotion that many times we don’t understand or can’t put into words. For a human being to be able to create illustrious visuals mirroring man is undeniably great, which shows that there is God in man. The use of pencils, charcoals, and pastels is all Artist, Babjide B. Olatunji needs to create perfected Realism.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 5, 2013 at 9:07am — 2 Comments

Getting T(r)ashed: Do You Have To Be Reckless To Live Your Youth To The Fullest?

When my mother was my age she was two years out of school and two years away from her first child. The only one out of four sisters who had managed to finish her education, she had come straight out of an all-girls boarding school and got a job as an air hostess where she met my father and started a family soon afterwards.

She was born and raised in the motherland so partying back then wasn’t as experimental or liberal as it was and has grown to become in the West. Even in…

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Added by Robust on November 4, 2013 at 8:29am — 3 Comments

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