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AFROPUNK's Blog – March 2010 Archive (37)

Chris Rock and... Crackers? (Outkast Spoof Video)

Chris Rock's unreleased Outkast spoof surfaced online... Okay Chris Rock.. Crackers... No wonder this was unreleased! Is “crackers” a racist term or something we can joke about? We love us some Chris Rock here at Afro-Punk, and we know he hangs out with a lot of white people. Watch the video below and tell us what you… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 2:30pm — 21 Comments

New Janelle Monae Video: "Tightrope"!

Electrifying Afro-Punk diva Janelle Monae just released her video for "Tightrope", the first single off her upcoming album 'The ArchAndroid'. Drawing inspiration from James Brown, and featuring Big Boi from Outkast, the scene takes place in an asylum where dancing is forbidden. If you've been craving for some new Monae material, here's what you've been waiting for. Check it out below and tell us what you think!

- Lou…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

Black Barbie: Appeal or Substance?

Over the years, Barbie has taken quite a change. Yester years vision of Barbie was a fun, beach running, blonde haired beauty whose only care in the world was what she was going to wear and how to accessorize herself. Today's image of Barbie shows us a rather different side of her; she's career driven, mother of two, married to her high school sweetheart.

Black Barbie: Appeal or…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Badu Bares It All: Act of Liberation or PR Stunt?

In her new video, Erykah Badu stirs controversy by getting both fully naked and shot in the head by a sniper in a little over 5 minutes. While Ms. Badu describes the piece as an act of liberation, it has caused quite a turmoil: from Dallas officials saying the the video was shot without a filming permit and that Badu got naked in broad daylight in front of stunned tourists and children, to JFK fans upset that it all took place at almost the exact spot where the late president… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — 57 Comments

Belikos Undressed and Inked Up

So we found this dope band from Ann Arbor, Michigan who recently moved to New York to show off their music skills and fancy talents to the music junkies that tend to flock to the city. A five-piece dance rock band, they sound like Andre 3000 on a good day fused with pure instrumental creativity- sometimes letting brother duo, drummer (Justin),…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Bad Rabbits Make a Joyful, Funk/Punk Noise

Bad Rabbits is a new band coming straight out of Boston with a very familiar sound. The group has been around for two years and if you miss (or remember) 80’s era Prince and Morris Day, then Bad Rabbits is just what the doctor ordered. The band combines 80’s funk/r&b with a rock attitude that can and will, literally jump out of your speakers.…


Added by AFROPUNK on March 30, 2010 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

WTF Interview with Belikos' guitarist, Keith Reed

So, is Belikos a flower or a drug of some sort? Honestly, I think mo picked it randomly out of a rarely used words book, fucking random right? but the name has evolved in meaning for all of us. at first it was our own spin on the english word bellicose, and we chose it because we felt that that word aptly described our state of mind when on stage. a take no prisoners attitude and a willingness to fight for our music. recently we learned from a fan that Belikos also,…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Petition: Tell The GOP To Address The Racism & Bigotry Within Their Party

Tired of seeing bigots courted by GOP politicians? Advocacy website is collecting online signatures for a petition asking the GOP to stop tolerating and encouraging hate within their party. From their website: "Anti health care protestors shouted racist and homophobic slurs at Black and gay members of Congress. It's not the first time we've seen such hatred. For over a year, the Republican Party has done little to… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 26, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

A Review of our Monae at The Black Cat

It had been a year and a half since the last time I saw Janelle Monae live, and even for the tiny poetry club/café setting, you wouldn’t have known it from the show she put on. So I could only imagine what she had planned for The Black Cat, a concert venue in downtown DC. Of course I had to get in first, ‘cause dammit if that line outside the club wasn’t long as hell when I got there around 8:30 p.m. (doors “allegedly”…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Black Barbie Doing Her Thing!

Who knew? Looks like Black Barbie isn't just a sidekick anymore, she has her own thing going on with the new 'So In Style' collection. Available on Barbie's website since March 15, they sport Rocawear clothes. The collection includes 4 girls and 1 guy. If that's your cup of tea, you can get yours here.

Black Barbie as seen in the…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Fashion: Ohema Ohene On A Mission To Celebrate Africa's Beauty

Paying homage to the beauty of Africa, Ohema Ohene's products give us a 'taste of colours, influences, prints and concepts which are prestigious to Africa, a beautiful and often misrepresented continent'. Women's & men's clothing, shoes and accessories, 'celebrating the best of Africa intertwined with a British twist.'

Ohema Ohene's online store:… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 24, 2010 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tie Me Up: A look at AP fashion over 30 years

What does an Afro-punk look like? Technically there’s no single answer to this question for punk style itself is a free for all, ranging from totally outrageous to simplistic. Hell, there isn’t even a solid definition of what an Afro-punk is either. However, there are a few slight differences in appearance that separate us from the stereotypical image of a rocker besides the most obvious: skin… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 23, 2010 at 10:00am — 32 Comments

A Hard Drive Full of Fly: Sennheiser HD-555

So... I recently just got a pair of Sennheiser HD-555 earphones. I feel like I have to listen to my music all over again, for the first time. This is my first pair of high fidelity earphones and yes, there really is a difference. If you want to feel like you're in the recording studio listening to the pure, finished copy, of the work of art, you might want to consider investing… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Art Exhibit: Malian Photographer Malik Sidibe at Lichfield Studios (London, UK) 'Til April 16

A selection of Malian photographer Malik Sidibe's previously unseen work is now on show in London at Lichfield Studios, until April 16! Known for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in Bamako in the 1960's, Sidibe is Mali's most celebrated photographer. He opened his legendary and still-thriving Studio Malick in 1962 in Bamako, Mali, where he continues to live and work. …


Added by AFROPUNK on March 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Novel by Jamaican Author Marlon James Nominated For A 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award

Kingston native Marlon James' novel 'The Book Of Night Women' was nominated for a 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award (for Best New Fiction)! Although it didn't win, the book has received great reviews. Dealing with slavery in Jamaica, it follows the often tragic lives of female slaves, "the night women", who meet at night to make plans and practice magic. Some are symbols of… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke To Perform Solo in Ibiza This Summer!

One of Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke's first solo gigs will take place at this year's Ibiza Rocks on Aug. 31! Just letting you know, in case you're going to be there this summer... The Ibiza Rocks series will be held at the Ibiza Rocks hotel, San Antonio, Ibiza. This year's line-up includes The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal and many more. Bloc Party went on hiatus to pursue individual projects last October.

Buy tickets… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 17, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Say What?! BET President Wants To Improve Black Women's Image?

Should we call the bullsh*t police on BET President Debra Lee, or give her credit for hosting an event seeking to improve Black women's image? The "Leading Women Defined" get-together sponsored by BET sounds good, but as Newsone puts it: "Maybe if BET stopped enthusiastically airing and promoting things like 'Frankie & Neffe' or the 'Tip Drill' video, these 'leadership talks' wouldn’t be necessary! But why would BET disrupt their profit margins and viewership numbers when… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 31 Comments

C'mon Wyclef, Did Yele Haiti Really Pay $105,000 To Your Alleged Mistress?

The Smoking Gun reveals that charity Yele Haiti paid Khatou-Chevassus $105,000 as an independent contractor in 2008 for “program development”, adding to the controversy surrounding Wyclef Jean's non-profit organization. "Jean's organization reported having no employees, 'only three consultants,' the highest paid of which was Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus". The website also exposes other conflicts of… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 17, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Is James Brown's Body Missing?!

Where the hell is the Godfather of Soul's body? LaRhonda Pettit, one of James Brown's daughters, says the body has been stolen! It was put in a crypt after his death on Christmas Day in 2006, and has been kept at his daughter Deanna Brown Thomas' house in South Carolina while a public mausoleum was being prepared. Charlie Reid, the funeral director who handled the memorial services for James Brown says reports that his body has been moved are false.

Pettit added:… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Sugar, Spice, and all things Spandex

Who wouldn't want to get their fancy tickled up by hot girls blowing bubbles and wearing spandex during a live performance? I recently came across Raye 6 after seeing her perform at an event in Brooklyn and became obsessed by the way she instantly seduced the audience-- 1) with her unapologetically flashy spandex outfit complemented with dancers (also wearing spandex) blowing bubbles around her, 2) this funky blonde and black fro-hawk, 3)…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 12, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

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