Charlottesville, VA. was fired up and ready to go over the weekend when throngs of protesters flooded the downtown area to resist the presence of supporters and members of Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux Klan. Escorted by police in riot gear, 30-50 Klansmen marched their hoods and Confederate flags through the streets to gather at Justice Park, but were met with boos and jeers from more than 1,000 counter-protesters who yelled, “Go home racists!” and while many…Continue
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is only days away! And though this year's festival features our most exciting lineup yet (including Yasiin Bey [Mos Def], Macy Gray, Laura Mvula and more!), we're not only here for entertainment. We have also partnered with organizations on the ground who are dedicated to bringing AFROPUNK's mission of "giving voice to the unwritten, unwelcome and unseen" to life. From providing critical support to migrants, promoting Afro-feminism, and protecting LGBTQ communities,…Continue
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Two weeks ago, the NRA released a chilling ad warning against the dangers of progressive ideas and those who promote them. The spot ended with a call to action to do something about activists who "make (people) march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia."
This week, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Dignity and Power Now, The Reverence Project, RISIST, and Defend Movement responded to the fear-mongering ad with one…
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After announcing the July 21st release date for his newest album, ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’, Tyler, The Creator fans woke up to reports that the album had in fact leaked early. The 14-track release features Khali Uchis, Estelle, Roy Ayers, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith and more.
But fans across Twitter were quickly drawn to a series of lyrics on several tracks that could be interpreted as Tyler coming out. With lyrics like, "I been kissing white boys since 2004" on "I…
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Over the weekend, 'True Blood' fans mourned the death of breakout star Nelsan Ellis, 39, who always stole the scene as gay short order cook, Lafayette Reynolds, on the HBO vampire series. On screen, Ellis defied gender norms and expectations portraying the unapologetic character we all fell in love with. “I have more makeup on than any of the females in the (True Blood) cast,” Ellis …Continue
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To All Members of the AFROPUNK Community -
We have some really big news that we wanted to tell you before we tell anybody else:
On July 13, we will be re-launching our website, AFROPUNK.com. It will be a beautiful new version of the site you all know and love, updated for the modern media world. Among the new features will be an improved AFROPUNK.com experience on your mobile devices, a more fluid interaction between…
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Let me start out by saying that I'm not trying to take a shot at pastors, nor do I think every single pastor feels this way. However, we must address the elephant in the room. This is a serious question on a topic that is so taboo in the church. I sometimes find myself watching online sermons about mental illness, just to see what some pastors and ministers have to say about it. And often times I'm very disappointed by the choice of words that are spoken toward someone who…Continue
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Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 is being praised for its deeply personal nature, for the ways he takes accountability for his failings and lack of tools, and for the effect his physical and emotional absences has had on those he love. There’s a poem by Rumi where he writes “the wound is the place where the light enters you.” 4:44 is the wound’s light, the personal confrontation with the ego, masks, and defenses we erect in hope to make ourselves appear solid and hard, but we…Continue
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A musician and educator from NYC, Steff Reed has played across the world in venues such as NYC’s Apollo Theater, London’s Royal Albert Hall and SOB’s. Now, the alternative-soul/rock singer is back with a joyous reminder of "The Power of Love". A timely reflection on the trials of current times, the track reiterates that the artist still believes in this power, and encourages us to hold on the that belief as well. Check out the moving track below!:…Continue
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Chonchon Media publishes stories and other media based on African culture. Created by Yambo Okoth, the company consists of storytellers and illustrators who recognize the magical ability of African folklore to connect us with our past as much as the future. Chonchon lists it's goals as to: 1. Spark a Manga Movement out of Africa, 2. Give Africans heroes they can relate to, 3. Start a conversation about Africa and unity, and 4. Change the Portrayal of Africans in Media to…Continue
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What do you do when you finally get everything you ever wanted? Are you happy now? Or do you just have a whole new set of surreal problems you could never have imagined before? Would that warp your sense of reality? Good problems to have, I guess, but for Chaz Bear (formerly Chaz Bundick) of Toro Y Moi, they were very real. The identity crisis drove him back to ambient music as a cushion against a reality that was becoming increasingly incomprehensible. The end result is…Continue
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13th and Selma director Ava DuVernay will write and direct a five-episode series about the Central Park Five for Netflix. The drama is slated to drop in 2019, and will be DuVernay's second television project after OWN's Queen Sugar.
The Central Park Five was a group of five teenagers (Black and Latino) who were accused of assaulting and raping Trisha Meili, who was attacked while jogging through New York's historic park in 1989. Each…
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Blac Chyna has the right to control her image and sexuality. Subverting her right to do so in an attempt to exercise power over her in order to punish or humiliate is clearly an act that exists somewhere in the realm of rape culture.
Like so many men, when Rob Kardashian no longer had proximity or access to Blac Chyna, he acted out in a way that showed he could still assert power and dominance over her anyway. Against her will.
Posting nudes someone…
Born in Cameroon and raised in London, alt soul diva Jungle Leez's latest album SUPANOVA marries disparate worlds. Songs blend elements of R&B and neo soul with dubstep (“Top Of The World”), reggae (“Revolution”), and French chanson (“Envol”). Jungle Leez and producer Profetesa Beats give each song a unique sound and flavor, but Jungle Leez's unique voice ties it all together. Though the album teases mutated samples and forward-looking synths, it's the songs where…Continue
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Fresh off the release of her stellar new album “CTRL”, which debuted #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chars, SZA is headed on a massive U.S. tour. Supported by Ravyn Lenae and Smino, the “Drew Berrymore” singer will stop in D.C., Boston, Philly, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and many more cities before closing out in her hometown of St. Louis.
SZA will also be performing at …
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Bounce, a ball, and beautiful gowns! AFROPUNK invites you to experience it all on Friday July 14 at Le Trabendo for the second Parisian edition of its legendary NY party: The Fancy Dress Ball.
Taking place the day before the AFROPUNK Paris…
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Texas-born Sugaray Rayford started his music career at just seven-years-old, singing and playing drums in the church. These early gospel influences are extremely influential in his work today, even as Sugaray moved to comtemporary music 15 years ago when he joined the San Diego-based R&B/funk group Urban Gypsy’s as lead vocalist. His soulful voice found its place in blues music when he later joined the Temecula-area band Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz.…
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“Nothing exists in a vacuum” is a trite old aphorism used to explain how all actions have consequences. It is founded on a basic principle in physics that states that space without matter, by definition, contains nothing. The saying highlights the reality that any actions occurring outside of vacuums create ripple effects because matter connects everything together.
This reality is sometimes used to explain the concept of collateral damage, and how the…
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard just started a new band called Bermuda Triangle! Set to make their debut July 12 in Nashville, Bermuda Triangle is also comprised of folk artists Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari.
Speaking with Ann Powers for NPR, Mancari…
Jeffree Star is not the first, nor will he be the last white person to side with his own comfort and fragility rather than truly being held accountable for the oppression that he upholds.
White fragility takes many forms. It can come in the ways that we see whiteness portrayed as innocent and the norm in mainstream media, despite the overwhelming evidence saying otherwise. It can come in the form of pushing whiteness as the default, while everyone else is forced…
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