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Style Lounge event fosters relationships across the African fashion industry while premiering stunning new designs

Debonair Afrik is a leading consulting and fashion house working to help African fashion related businesses reach their full potential. One of their initiatives, Style Lounge, is an annual workshop for the social, educational and cultural integration of designers, photographers, models and others in the fashion industry. Style House seeks to "disseminate knowledge, both practical and theory, to everyone and to foster…


Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Biggie’s mother to Kendall & Kylie Jenner: don't exploit the death of my son to sell 'disgusting' t-shirts

A gang of white and half-Armenian women who have sustained careers based on appropriating black culture and fetishizing black people, including Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian’s recent call-outs from multiple black women owners of small businesses claiming the sisters purchased, in some cases, their…


Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 10:59am — 7 Comments

Tyler, the Creator teams back up with Frank Ocean for melodic "911 / Mr. Lonely"

It's been two years since Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator dropped his third album Cherry Bomb. But it seems the rapper wanted to make up for lost time Thursday, when hours after releasing the new video for “Who Dat Boy” featuring ASAP Rocky, Tyler released yet another track, “911/Mr. Lonely,” featuring his old group-mate Frank Ocean. Frank gives the hook to Tyler's stream of consciousness rhymes tackling everything from cars to love.

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Purple Ferdinand finds beauty in a breakup on her new EP 'Rain or Shine' #SoundCheck

On her latest EP, the great purveyor of heart breaking chill out music, Purple Ferdinand, finds incredible beauty in pain. Leading with the standout “Stay,” Purple Ferdinand weaves immaculate melodies out of the threads of her heartbreak. The EP is full of contradictions, lyrics push and pull at a relationship, while themes of failed communication abound. “You there with the bank stare / can't tell if you care,” she sings on “Posing to Move.” By the closing track, “Time,”…


Added by Sound Check on June 29, 2017 at 1:08pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: New York-based pop duo Big Hair Girls predict the future in feminist anthem "Future Is Female"

Big Hair Girls are a New York-based duo made up of sisters Lizzy and Venus. The group certainly lives up to their name, but their colorful locs aren't the only thing big about them. Their latest single, “The Future Is Female”, shows off their big, EDM and hip-hop influenced sound and big feminist hopes for the world. The girl-powered pop/dance track will certainly have you singing along, and the accompanying video, featuring montages of feminist icons like Michelle Obama…


Added by Sound Check on June 28, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kintaro, formerly of The Internet, steps into the spotlight with the Anderson .Paak-oroduced EP 'Universal' #SoundCheck

The Bruner family's having one hell of a year. Between Thundercat's surrealist masterpiece Drunk, Ron Jr.'s solo debut, and now we got youngest brother Kintaro busting out on his own with his EP-length collaboration with the great Anderson .Paak. It's a big shift from his previous work as the keyboardist for The Internet, focused more on deconstructed trap beats and sci-fi synths, but Kintaro brings the same head turning imagination and gleeful experimentation. The standout…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2017 at 2:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: South African soul/punk-rock singer Tuelo gives an powerful tribute to mothers in "Saint Margaret"

New York-based, South Africa-born Tuelo fuses soul and punk-rock to create what has been dubbed "revival music," an inspiring and spiritual experience carried by the singer's powerhouse vocals that have filled some venues like Carnegie Hall and Late Night with David Letterman. Although Tuelo has been noticeably influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and Miriam Makeba, her biggest influence is the subject of her latest single, "Saint…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO: SZA masterfully overcomes tech issues to steal the show at last night’s BET Awards

Working through some apparent tech issues during her set at last night’s BET Awards, AFROPUNK vet SZA handled herself like a pro, captivating the audience with those drop-dead vocals. Peep a clip of SZA’s show stealing performance of “The Weekend”, from her newest album 'CTRL', below. …


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Queer Brooklyn MC Cakes Da Killa joins DJ Shiftee in new party anthem "Take Ova"

Prominent New York DJ Shiftee and Queer rapper phenom Cakes Da Killa are back together and giving us the party anthem of the summer we never knew we needed. Having previously collaborated on the 2015 track "Drop Top", the two artists bring their talents together once again on "Take Ova", a high-energy electronica infused hip-hop joint. The collaboration is part of Shiftee's latest project, an ongoing EP series, and the feel-yourself track makes perfect sense among the other…


Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2017 at 4:11pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jamaican dub legend Lee ”Scratch” Perry’s historic vocals find new life in Sherwood & Pinch’s “Lies”

New music from Sherwood & Pinch (On-U Sound vs Tectonic ) featuring the soothing vocals of Jamaican dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry! A chillwave, jazz-flavored remix of Lee Scratch Perry’s vocals from about 15 years ago, “Lies” is an unexpected and refreshing mashup about the new era of “fake news” and fake politicians.

"I’m totally pleased with this one," Sherwood tells AFROPUNK. "I played it to Lee Perry and he loves it too. This is a historic vocal from a…


Added by Sound Check on June 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: New York-based rocker Militia Vox gives an ode to insomnia in dark and passionate new single "Nyctophilia"

NYCTOPHILIA: nyc-to-phil-i-a noun. A love or preference for the night or darkness.

After making waves as the front-woman for the bands Judas Priestess and Swear On Your Life, Maryland-born, New York-based rock singer Militia Vox debuted as a solo act in 2013, and quickly became known as the "Rock Goddess" of the Afropunk movement. The singer has since performed with legends like Twisted Sister, Living Colour, Taylor Dayne, Sandra Bernhard, Nancy Sinatra,…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Memphis hardcore punk trio Negro Terror tears it up on their debut EP 'The Bootlegg' #SoundCheck

That classic hardcore sound will never die. Coming from Memphis, hardcore / oi band Negro Terror's debut EP is a ferocious opening salvo. The band keeps things stripped down and straight ahead, though the 5 minute “We Need Support” pushes their boundaries jumping from the EP's fastest tempo to an epic breakdown. “Limb From Limb's” deathcore nods add some surprising and welcome variety to the EP, but at their heart, Negro Terror are at their best when they're keeping things…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2017 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Chaka Khan brings the self-love on her latest single “I Love Myself” #SoundCheck

It's time for a little self love to start the week off right. No matter how dark shit gets, we've still got Chaka Khan dropping essential anthems. Her latest tops a head turning beat by B. Slade, delivering lines like “I don't care what you say about me / I know who I am” and “the longer I've known me / the more I love me.” Not that it needed repeating, but “I Love Myself” demonstrates once more why Chaka Khan is a national goddamn treasure.…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Electro R&B artist Toulouse mixes orchestral, gospel, and EDM for eclectic sound

Now in the middle of a tour with BANKS, New York-based UK dark ambient electro R&B artist Toulouse is certainly one to watch. Although, not literally, Toulouse likes to keep it about the music, even during live performances, the singer keeps the stage nice and shadowy while his frame jerks between a circle ever color-changing glowsticks, with every beat drop and tempo change. Toulouse’s frenzied, unexpected melodies that incorporate orchestral, gospel, and EDM elements.…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 3:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Goth/industrial project Deviated Ascension takes on rape and racism in monstrous new album

Deviated Ascension is a one man goth/industrial project founded in 2013 by William McKinney. Based in Chicago, IL, Deviated Ascension fuses elements of goth and industrial music with coldwave and ethereal. The project's most recent album, Rable Rousing Rapture Rupture takes on issues like rape culture and racial violence head on. With track titles like "See Trump Rape(((A Childrens Book)))," "MaKe Them Eat Bill Cosby(Mayonaise Mix)," and "Free Dylan Roof for A+…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

White liberal anti-Blackness: Seattle parents get upset about teachers' Black Lives Matter T-shirts

Another day, another white person showing just how easily they can disguise anti-Blackness under a badge of "liberalism." As reported by, parents in one of the whitest, most affluent, and staunchly liberal neighborhoods of Seattle lost their shit when teachers across the city wore T-shirts reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER". Some…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2017 at 11:55am — No Comments

Queer Afro-Dominican singer Rubby subverts gender expectations in enchanting new single "Confiesa" (Confession)

Growing up, 20-year-old Dominican singer Rubby never had many love songs he could relate to. Most told the story of a guy falling for an attractive girl on a dance-floor, but this didn't feel true to him and his story as he came to terms with his queerness––so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Like all of his other songs, his latest single "Confiesa," which means "confession" in Spanish, does not use gendered pronouns. Instead, the video shows the star in…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Rock-n-Soul vocalist Brandy Butler draws parallels between the human spirit and Mother Earth in new short

Sultry, powerful, and deep, Brandy Butler’s "Gentle Beating Heart" is the latest single from her debut album, "The Inventory of Goodbye." An atmospheric visual shot as an abstract essay filmed in and a tribute to South Africa, the video is another gorgeous collaboration between Butler and director/illustrator Nicole Pfister, the eyes behind Butler’s short, “Spell”. In "Gentle Beating Heart," the grainy soul of Butler’s vocals and the steady melodic crescendo as a perfect…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Black girl rock band The Txlips bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their new video "The Lost One"

Straight outta ATL, The Txlips are a (pleasantly) rough around the edge indie rock band formed by four badass chicks. With vicious melodies and a wicked drummer, The Txlips passion for rock music is apparent off the bat. But what draws me into their performances is their effortless confidence and determination to make room for black women in rock-n-roll. Watch the teaser for The Txlips’ newest single “The Lost One’ and hear from the band about their musical inspirations,…


Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2017 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: R&B singer SassyBlack​ gets real about the artist hustle and her jazzy new album 'New Black Swing'

SassyBlack, aka Catherine Harris-White is the afrofuturist, sci-fi loving R&B singer we, the people, need. And thank goodness she’s back with a jazzy new second solo album, New Jack Swing. Many might know SassyBlack from the now former hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction, and you may have even seen her in the HBO series Vinyl as R&B legend Ruth Brown.

New Black Swing will officially be out June 23rd and we can even expect visuals and…


Added by Sound Check on June 16, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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