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Featured Blog Posts – November 2015 Archive (133)

PHOTO ESSAY: 'BATEKOO' - The Inclusive Club Night/Movement in Brazil That Promotes Black Empowerment & Sexual Freedom (Photos by Matheus Thierry)

Check out photographer Matheus Thierry's photo essay of Brazilian club night BATEKOO - a night which is fast becoming a social movement; encouraging black empowerment, inclusivity, and sexual freedom. Its camp say: "BATEKOO is a festival…

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Added by The Establishment on November 30, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Monsters' - Atlanta Indie artist Joy Conaway's Stunning Ballad

Listen to the new single from Indie artist Joy Conaway, a stunning ballad entitled 'Monsters'. For the past six months, the Atlanta based songstress has been touring as a background singer for Raury; and is now taking center stage with her own material. Stream 'Monsters' below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on November 30, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Rocker Bibi Bellatrixx Releases New Single, 'Down Day (When Love Is Running Cold)'

Listen to 'Down Day (When Love Is Running Cold)', the new single from British rocker Bibi Bellatrixx - former guitarist of disbanded rock group Queens Of Sheba. Get into the majestic singer-songwriter's new release below, and CLICK HERE for more.…

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Added by Sound Check on November 30, 2015 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Alt Soulstress Elle Pierre Explores "Lover's Limbo" With Latest Track, 'Transition'

Lose yourself in the latest release from alt R&B singer-songwriter Elle Pierre, 'Transition' (produced by Elete Wright, 1/3 of hip hop trio St. Joe Louis). The Brooklyn based musician tells us: "'Transition' was written while I was in a situation I'd like to call "lover's limbo." This is where you've crossed the boundaries of friendship with your partner…

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Added by Sound Check on November 30, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: A Visual Celebration of Black Women - Untold Truth Photography

Take a look at the photography of Jay'san Lafrance, aka Untold Truth Photography - a Florida based photographer whose striking work centers primarily on black women, a visual celebration. See some of his latest work below, and CLICK HERE to view more.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 30, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jamel Shabazz - The Clarification about New York is inside of his Lens.

When you take a walk into Jamel Shabazz's photography, your eyes along with your mind will look & see the moment, pause for a while, attach your concentration while holding on with anticipation to see another moment---you will make this a routine & this is comfortably fine. It is a visual habit for the onlooker to stroll through Jamel's work, while subconsciously joining in on the healthy exercise of seeing what New York had to offer through the 1980's,…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'But You Caint Use My Phone' - Erykah Badu Drops Her Brand New Mixtape!

It's finally here! Legendary soulstress Erykah Badu has dropped her new mixtape, entitled 'But You Cain’t Use My Phone' (a reference to her classic song, 'Tyrone'). The 11-track collection is Badu's first full-length project since her 2010 offering, 'New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh); and features the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' Exhibition, By Ghanaian-American Artist Kojo Owusu-Kusi (aka Citizins)

Explore the art of the 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' exhibition - Visual artist Kojo 'Citizins' Owusu-Kusi's solo exhibit, which kicks off tonight (Friday November 27th 2015) at 8pm at the Stuyvesant Mansion in Brooklyn, NY. The showcased work explores the dual identity of the Ghanaian-American artist, featuring art and…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" - The Anti-Racism Photo Campaign by Afro-Brazilian students

Check out the "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" photo campaign! The anti-racism campaign, by Afro-Brazilian students via Tumblr, was founded by Lorraine Monique (an Anthropology student at the University of Brasilia) - inspired by the 'I, Too, Am Harvard' campaign, created by black students at Harvard University.…

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Added by The Establishment on November 27, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'The Lingering Effects of Disconnection' - UK singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko's "Raw, Authentic & Ultimately Cathartic" New EP

Today we're premiering the new EP from UK singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko, 'The Lingering Effects of Disconnection' (described by the Nottingham-based musician as, "raw, authentic & ultimately cathartic"). His camp state: "With roots in Uganda and the UK, Daudi’s love affair with music began at the tender age of 8, and began to flourish during his…

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Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FASHION: Angolan Designer Rose Palhares' Spring/ Summer 2016 Lookbook - By Photographer Antonio Medeiros

Take a look at the brand new lookbook from acclaimed Angolan fashion designer Rose Palhares, for her Spring/ Summer 2016 collection. The striking photos - shot by photographer António Medeiros - feature models Elsa Baldaia & Silvia Costa (sporting bantu knots) and perfectly showcase Palhares' signature vibrancy. Explore the lookbook…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 27, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Ku Klux Klan

By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo by Tyler Shields





Terrorism

knows a home

so well inside you

It can't even

call itself by name

Don't even

recognize

itself separate

You, self righteous

and murderer in

the same sentence

Try and turn

Black America

into a graveyard

and name it a playground

Act like you don't

believe in resurrection

In how voices can

be both…

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Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Project Black Pantera's Debut Album Is The Best Metal Record of the Year #SoundCheck

Let's start by throwing objectivity out the window. I've been digging Project Black Pantera hard since they first exploded out of my headphones last year. So that bias is there. Also they have a song about Godzilla which is a surefire way to my heart. Lastly, their debut record closes with a mash-up I produced of their “Execucão na Av 38” with J Cole's live performance of “Be Free” for AFROPUNK's mixtape #002, so I'm uniquely unqualified to review this album. That being said,…

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Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Meet Reign, accessory designer at Palais Apiim/curator of the most beautiful and inspiring outfits! @reignpalaisapiim



By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 25, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Roxanne Tataei - Sweet Poison (Live)

As U.K. artist Roxanne Tataei gears up for the release of her EP 'Grey Area' on November 27th, we're premiering the video for 'Sweet Poison' (Live), a raw song about a destructive relationship.

Tataei tells us: "This is a bitter-sweet melody depicting all consuming, toxic L.O.V.E. It will make you say & do things you'd never dream. For most of my life, I thought it was a weakness to be vulnerable, but it's now something I embrace. No smoke & mirrors in this track…

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Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "A reflection of African beauty and botany" - Photographer Krisjan Rossouw's haunting images

Cape Town based photographer Krisjan Rossouw is self-taught and his work is not any less captivating. Whether he's creating sensual pieces for his 'Dark Paradise' photo series/exhibition, or show-stopping fashion imagery, it's hard to look away.

Check out some of his pictures below, including pieces from the 'Dark Paradise' series, "shot over a period of two and a half years in Cape Town and features subjects from Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: #NotOneDime Campaign Reconducted This Year to fight Racism and Police Brutality #BlackFriday #CyberMonday

In a capitalist society, one of the most efficient ways to make your voice heard is through your buying power. The team behind last year's #NotOneDime campaign, an economic boycott to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson which contributed to an …

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Added by The Establishment on November 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "light, texture, mood" - àsìkò fine art photography by Ade Okelarin

àsìkò, aka photographer Ade Okelarin, creates jaw-dropping conceptual pictures. Focusing mostly on portraits, the London-based artist's work conveys a strong narrative. He writes: "I am a self-taught concept driven photographer who creates emotionally resonate images that are drawn from my experiences. I explore my ideas using portraiture, fabric and adornment, as I am interested in ethnography and how cultures express themselves visually. My work is layered in light, texture,…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Brooklyn Lyricist Ace Clark Shares His New Single 'Melanin' ft. Cato

"I'm so thankful for the skin I'm in, I'm so proud of all my melanin". This is how Brooklyn lyricist Ace Clark's inspirational new single 'Melanin' starts. The track was produced by produced by Tone Jonez and features soul singer Cato.

Ace Clark tells us: "I just wanted to lift up my people. In trying times it's easy to lose who you are or question why you are dealing with the trials and tribulations. This was just my way of giving back to my culture and showing appreciation…

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Darkness' - A Poem By Binta Talla

Writer Binta Talla shares a powerful poem about her dark skin, her pride, colorism and what she went through because of prejudice against people with dark skin.

Here is 'Darkness':





While it disturbs you

It empowers me



While it scares you

It encourages me



While it repulses you

It makes me cuter







You say that my skin makes me inferior

I reply that it gave rise to a warrior…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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