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Featured Blog Posts – December 2013 Archive (32)

Feature: AFROPUNK's Best Singles of 2013

There were too many killer singles from 2013 to list, but here in no particular order were our 20 favorites. While there were some personal favorites that didn't make the cut, this playlist represents the full range of sonic diversity of the AFROPUNK community. From deathcore to indie soul, 2013 was a game-changer.…


Added by Sound Check on December 23, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Feature: AFROPUNK's Best Records of 2013

There's no denying that 2013 was a great year for music. There's been more dopeness than we can even keep track of. From hardcore to hip-hop to folk, 2013 was a year of new artists and old favorites creating challenging and unique art. So in no particular order, here are our favorites of 2013.…


Added by Sound Check on December 23, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Photography: Paulo P. Lima's 'Afro-Brazilian Devotion'

Hey guys, we'd like to share some images by Brazilian photographer Paulo P. Lima with you. His inspiration for this 'Afro-Brazilian Devotion' collection comes from his recent trip to São Paulo and Salvador, Bahia (October 2012 and March 2013). Lima says: "My photography allows me to be in contact with my Brazilian background and to be intimately related to my sense of beauty, exploring aspects of ‘decay’ in relation to space and bodies". "Afro-Brazilian Devotion is a dream…


Added by Eye Candy on December 18, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

That's So Tight(s): The Erotic Fashions of Erica M.

There’s a new designer for sexy legwear and bodysuits: Erica M. The lacy, intricately detailed wearables are the brainchild of Erica Young, who started sketching out her tights after multiple visits to funky boutiques in China and South Korea while on the road for her gig as a footwear designer. After her favorite pair got snagged on a tree branch, she knew she had to create her first collection. A bi-coastal woman at heart,…


Added by Safety Pins on December 18, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

AP Fashion: A Splash of color for the grim shades of winter: Blues, Purples and Reds!

Blues, purples and reds are very warm and comforting – like a Lauryn Hill song and a cup of chamomile tea on a brick winter day. I am a winter baby—but hate that so many people resort to wearing grays, blacks and browns. My mom, every year, as a child, purchased a bright colored LLbean jacket for me—a way to bring a bit of sunshine to a dark winter day. That mentality has stuck with me. Matching the mood of winter will surely make you depressed. Uplift your spirits with color.…


Added by Safety Pins on December 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Atomic Tanlines "Classic Hardcore" #SoundCheck

2013 turned out to be a great year for raw and radical queer and feminist punk rock. It'd be criminal to close out the year without mentioning The Atomic Tanlines out of Denton, TX. Their simply titled Demo EP has been out for a few months now, and is seriously ferocious.

Lead singer Ally Play-Nice fails to live up to her name in the most spectacular way possible. After opening with the Black Flag inflected “Skank Around,” the band launches into the infectious…


Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Review + Free Download: Ari Lennox doesn’t do bio’s. Peep the 'Ariography' EP…

Washington DC native Ari Lennox released her Ariography EP a short while ago and it was just too good to let pass us by. We all loved the bubbly visuals for her lead single “La La La La” in which she expresses her mixed emotions over a guy she is both in awe of and terrified of. Totally relatable. We’ve all been a little scared of getting our heart broken, right?

By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2013 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

BIAC Martinique: International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Art is always on the verge of new horizons. It has a way of conversing with our mind and even our conscience. But when poetry and art come together, the divinity in place is quite euphoric. The vibrant colors and unique patterns that vividly pierce through our imaginations by African, Caribbean, Asian and Latin American art stampede outside the margins of tradition at BIAC Martinique (International Biennial of Contemporary…


Added by Eye Candy on December 18, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tattoo Of The Week: Pesky's Here!

Badass alternative model Pesky hails from Philly and is our Tattoo Of The Week!

To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to
- Name: Pesky

- Age: 22



Added by Safety Pins on December 13, 2013 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

Lo-fi fans! Check out these raw live videos from young singer-songwriter Darius Ivey. #SoundCheck

As much as I'm always a sucker for dense production and complex arrangements, sometimes the best arrangement is no arrangement at all. That's the case with these videos from LA based singer-songwriter Darius Ivey. Haunting and minimal, and overflowing with an emotional honesty, the 18-year-old has a craft for storytelling well beyond his years.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on December 13, 2013 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Interview: Meet Fashion Designer Andrea “Kitschai” Ushendo

Andrea “Kitschai” Ushendo is founder of cutting edge label Kitschai. The London-born Nigerian designer has been receiving plenty of positive attention for her newest and utterly whimsical line, Unicorns and Bullet Wounds, a collection inspired by West African Safari. The line incorporates PVC, animal textures and bold animal prints. She is fast becoming a favourite amongst fashionistas and fashion lovers alike, across the globe. Her designs are a perfect fusion of bold, costume…


Added by Safety Pins on December 13, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Readers of the New School: Nelson Mandela's Books

The world lost one of its greatest leaders last week; like many others around the world I was deeply moved by Nelson Mandela and admired his unrelenting courage and staunch bravery. Nelson Mandela was one of the most beloved and esteemed leaders of our time, so I took time to reflect upon the life of a man who truly fulfilled his purpose and in doing so changed the lives of countless people throughout the world. I’m truly glad that Nelson Mandela lived; there is so much to be…


Added by Eye Candy on December 13, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Feature: Photographer Barron Claiborne

Barron Claiborne's large-format photography evokes portraiture from another place and time, even as it deftly captures his subjects with a wholly modern lens on their inner lives. Texture, tone and costume are utilized to evoke the timelessness of the human emotions we glimpse in his subjects' faces and…


Added by Eye Candy on December 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Check the genre-slashing new 88 Days of Fortune mixtape feat. The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores, bizZarh, Amenta & more. #SoundCheck

Art collective 88 Days of Fortune has spent the past few years creating a space for adventurous alternative culture in Toronto. The collective's mission to “challenge the stereotypes that surround urban arts/music culture, and to promote underground art culture in the city of Toronto and beyond,” so it's no surprise that there's a lot to love on their latest mixtape.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on December 11, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Pop Artist, Serge Gay Jr.: Inspiration of Haiti

I've never seen Pop Art quite like this! Serge Gay Jr. creates art depicting the truths, beauty, and ills of popular culture and society. One has to honestly analyze his work in order to fully understand the messages he conveys.

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Eye Candy on December 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

AP Fashion: Holiday Giving! - Gift Ideas

With Kwanzaa and Christmas coming soon, the holiday season is upon us! Don’t hurt your pockets with gift shopping for this holiday season. Listed are ideas and gifts that will put a smile on anyone’s face without spending hundreds of dollars!

Both Christmas and Kwanzaa were part of my upbringing and still are. I have been more drawn to celebrating Kwanzaa because it is a celebration of life and the love that surrounds us everyday, namely what the holiday season is about.…


Added by Safety Pins on December 11, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Black Woman Who Loves "White Folks" Music

Tweet from February 15, 2012 to be logged in The Library of Congress for future generations: Fun Random Fact for the Day: Pandora Radio figured out I liked Tool before I did. Such an admission used to bring about confused stares and side eyes along with that inevitable question: “You like white folks music?” White folks music. A black girl isn’t supposed to be into that. Yet I was, I am and I have been all my life. The black girl who likes “white folks music”…


Added by The Race Card on December 11, 2013 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Free Download: Yuno - 'Grapefruit'

With the year about to come to a close in a matter of weeks one thing you can count on is the bevy of best of lists to soon start pouring in, and if there’s one track that deserves to be amongst those numbers my vote would be for “Grapefruit”.

Coming fresh from Tennessee’s YUNO, “Grapefruit” drifts away from the artists’ usual hazy, dream pop sound to find itself grooving in a more seductive territory that’s marked by an undeniably smooth demeanor. Up until now YUNO has…


Added by Sound Check on December 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

DC Street Style By Britt Elyse Nelson: Demonte'

Name: Demonte' Shavers

Currently living: Philadelphia

Next place you wish to visit: Brazil

Occupation: Nurse

Dream Job: Travel Nurse


What influences/inspires your personal style the most?

Honestly speaking, I'm inspired…


Added by Safety Pins on December 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

South African Photographer Zanele Muholi's Queer Politics

Many of us want to bring about change within our communities because of the disoriented minds of people that ultimately produce chaos, be it injustice, hate crimes, poverty etc. Those determined to revolt against the ills of the world find a way to get the message of their heart across. South African photographer Zanele Muholi is one of these revolutionaries sharing her opinions, beliefs, and love to people near and afar. She is an activist for the Black LGBT community-…


Added by Gender Bent on December 9, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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