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10 Reasons Why 2016 Was The Ultimate #BlackGirlMagic Year

Black girls have been slaying since the beginning of time, but in 2016 #BlackGirlMagic hit a new level. Our unapologetic achievements as entrepreneurs, activists, writers, and, more, were positive shining lights of space-taking resistance and inspiration.

1. Detroit-based high school student activist Taylor Amari Little. This year, Little founded …


Added by Gender Bent on December 27, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

10 Black Cosplayers Who Killed It in 2016 #BlackCosplayersRock

2016 was a major year for the visibility of Black Cosplayers and we loved every minute of it. Whether you guys meticulously recreated looks from your favorite fandoms or brought to life or an original fantasy-themed character, black cosplayers were some of the fiercest nerds in all the internets. There were a ton of incredible cosplay to choose from, and these are some of the stand outs—check ‘em out and keep using the #BlackCosplayersRock tag. …


Added by Eye Candy on December 26, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

10 Times #BlackBoyJoy Rocked Our World in 2016

2016 was the year that Black boys and men shined despite the world trying to steal their light. Black boys are love and life and living and joyful. Let's keep supporting one another and revel in joy. Witness 10 moments of #BlackBoyJoy in 2016!

1. 21-year-old Jewell Jones elected to Michigan's…


Added by Eye Candy on December 23, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

10 Times White Tears Made Us LOL in 2016

Let's look back on the year and think about all the time white folks tears made us giggle, guffaw, cackle and laugh our guts off, because Lordt knows 2017 is about to be a long year.

1. #BeckyWithTheBadGrades blamed Black and other minority students for not getting into UT Austin! LMAO. …


Added by The Race Card on December 22, 2016 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Top 10 Songs of 2016 - AFROPUNK

There are some songs that dig their way into your ear canal and demand attention. Songs that in 3 minutes and change can pull out something deep in your soul and recontextualize the way you experience the world. And then again, some songs just have a killer beat and an unforgettable hook. But every year, a handful of songs have the audacity to do both.

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Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Top 5 Moments of 2016 - Staff Picks

2016 has been a debilitating year in so many ways but as I struggle to find comfort and guidance, what has given me hope, has been the GREAT year of art and culture across the board that I have been able to witness. From seeing the Nova Twins, Skinny Girl Diet and Big Joanie carry the punk rock torch at AFROPUNK London, to a fuller range of images, characters and storytelling on screens big and small. With the debut of Issa Raye's - Insecure, W Kamau Bell's United…


Added by Eye Candy on December 21, 2016 at 2:47pm — No Comments

10 Times Black Women Kicked White Supremacy's Ass in 2016

Honestly, if there’s one thing that gives me hope about 2017, it’s black women. Even though black femmes have a historic legacy of being the movers and doers at the root of black resistance and activism in this country, 2016 was filled with so many powerful moments and contributions by them. These are just a few of our favorite black femmes who kicked White Supremacy's ass in 2016.

1. Ieshia Evans seen in Baton Rouge - by Jonathan…


Added by The Race Card on December 21, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Top 10 Albums of 2016 - AFROPUNK

They say the arts flourish in times of great turmoil, so at least there's that. On just about every level, 2016 has been a pretty fucked up year. But it's also seen perennially promising artists like Solange, Childish Gambino, and Blood Orange release timeless and timely albums that flirt with perfection. It's seen artists across the underground from BLXPLTN to Abdu Ali to Burn produce powerful uncompromising soundtracks to the revolution. Resistance and resilience…


Added by Sound Check on December 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Stream SUPA SUPA, the web series following one hilariously unusual hero’s quest for love

Ever wonder what it would be like if you discovered you had a superpower? Which supernatural ability would you want? Well in SUPA SUPA, a new 12-episode webseries from Bounty/Banana and Studio 4, the protagonist finds himself with powers much like the airbending we’ve come to know and love in The Last Airbender & Legend of Korra. He uses them in the hopes of gaining the undying affection of “Girl.” SUPA SUPA’s archnemesis MEGA MEGA is trying to thwart his attempts at…


Added by Eye Candy on December 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jamaican model Wayne Booth exudes serenity in effortlessly stunning editorial for Suitcase Magazine

There’s really nothing like folks with melanin in white and when I say that Jamaican model Wayne Booth is breathtaking, I mean it. Each of Grant Thomas’ captures of the beauty evoke a spirit of serenity and genuine happiness from Wayne. The shoot, which took place in Kerala, India, makes the countryside look akin to an oasis, with Wayne being the goddess of them all. Take a look at this effortless grace and sincere spirit in this photo series from Suitcase Magazine.…


Added by Eye Candy on December 20, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

AFROPUNK alum Mykki Blanco announces North American Tour with fellow alum Cakes Da Killa

Your body is not ready for the realness of “The Stunt Queen Tour.” Mykki Blanco & Cakes Da Killa are here to snatch your edges, give you life and possibly make you spontaneously combust. With 30 cities secured and your wig destined to be off by the end of the night, all we can do is wait for these tickets to drop with the same anticipation that you get knowing bae is on their way with some hot food. Because this tour is looking all kinds of delicious. Peep the tour…


Added by Sound Check on December 20, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

This budding illustrator makes these hand drawn portraits look too easy!

This dope artist has styles for days! Digital illustrator Keenan Dailey is bring you a different aesthetic for every day of the week! From anime inspired drawings to cartoon-esque portraits of the icons we know and love, there’s something about his pen that draws you to his work. Enjoy these beauties below and support via Facebook with a like or two!

By T.…

Added by Eye Candy on December 20, 2016 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

Three reasons why you should go see ‘Hidden Figures’ on Christmas Day

Growing up in Jamaica, the importance of storytelling was embedded in me from an early age. I often heard stories, of especially women in my family, who sacrificed time and time again for the sake of family. They did back breaking work others wouldn’t do just to feed their families. They migrated to distant lands--to Canada, the U.S and England--so their kin could be afforded a better life. They overcame obstacles and hurdles, persevered and pushed through, no matter what the… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Five times in history where White People failed our Indigenous People

Throughout the history of our young nation, the American government has, time and time again, trodden on the rights and disrespected the existence of our minority populations. But, they have treated no one more despicably than the first people of America, the Indigenous peoples.

Recently we saw this disrespect most apparent in the national protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The DAPL is a 3.7 billion dollar underground pipeline that was routed to go through…


Added by The Race Card on December 19, 2016 at 12:19pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Mick Jenkins & Kaytranada collab on bouncy 'Aurora Borealis'

When Mick Jenkins & Kaytranada connect on a track, there’s no end to how fly the end result can be. The unofficial duo with all the groove have combined for several jams in the past 2 years and new single ‘Aurora Borealis’ might just top the list. Significantly more downtempo than we’re accustomed to hearing from the twosome, but nevertheless, a groovy experience with thoughtful raspiness from the rapper steeped in the lyricism he’s come to be known for. If you need a…


Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments

This ballerina doesn't let scoliosis dim her #BlackGirlMagic

Dance takes all the physicality and strength of a team sport and the grace only found within and Paige Fraser is doing all of that with a condition called scoliosis. This Bronx ballerina is a professional dancer with Visceral Dance Chicago, former Ailey2 and graduate of Fordham University, who is living with a curvature in her spine, which, as you can imagine, makes it quite difficult to dance. Having Scoliosis is challenging as it limits range of motion and can lead to other… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Three young Black women create empowering swimwear brand Enza

Fashion is not for the weak-spirited or those lacking creative confidence, but the founders of Enza, a new swimwear brand are neither. Silvana Cristóvão, Vanesa Bongo, and Joyce Pinto are Angolan students studying in Portugal and decided to create a swimwear line to empower women of all shapes and sizes to feel confident. The trio says, “For us it is very important to highlight the beauty of the african aesthetic in our colors, our designs, our models and especially our… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 19, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

George Clinton on Childish Gambino's album: "I'm proud that he's into the funk"!

There’s nothing like the passing of the torch, especially in music. George Clinton of Parliament and Funkadelic gives high praise to Childish Gambino following his latest album, “Awaken, My Love!” whose take on funk is giving the next generation of p-funkers something to aspire to. Clinton says, “I’m proud that he’s into the funk,” acknowledging the influence that he’s had on the music, as well as the contributions that Prince made to inspiring the direction Gambino took in…


Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

FEATURE 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel feat. Joia John

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at(AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits." This week's illustration features Joia Talbott aka @joiajohn!

* Eddaviel is a Visual Artist from The Dominican Republic, president of Moro Studio, a…


Added by Eye Candy on December 16, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

PREMIERE: Electronic hip hop duo Young Futura is all mellow vibes and gorgeous melodies in debut EP “Patience”

The future is here and Young Futura is the duo ushering it in. Washington DC’s Beau Young Prince & French producer Futura teamed up to create a whole new sound, pushing the bounds of hip hop, R&B and electronic music for the sake of moving the culture forward and bending genres towards beautiful. Beau Young Prince is a talented rapper who opened for the likes of Wale, The Cool Kids, Danny Brown, and Ryan Hemsworth. Futura has multi-platinum track record boasts work…


Added by Sound Check on December 16, 2016 at 11:08am — No Comments

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