Forget about the snow, let's kick off the week with some groovy tunes. Rock, electro-funk, hip-hop, R&B... The creativity of Afropunk.com members is showcased in today's free downloads. Ms. Sarah White's retro-funky sound in 'Limitless', Mama's Dirty Li'l Secret's tongue-in-cheek rock & roll,… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 31, 2011 at 5:10pm —
Singer/songwriter Arama Mara always has something exciting up her sleeve. This time she shares her song 'Black Lullaby', produced by Guy Sigsworth (Seal, Björk, Goldie, Madonna). Grab the free MP3 below!
Arama also has a 3-song EP out on iTunes and will release a 'Black Lullaby' remix EP… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 28, 2011 at 1:00pm —
We told you about Afropunk.com member Vim Crony's comics. Well Vim also directs videos, among other things. His latest project: thrash metal band Hirax' new video 'Broken Neck'! To tease you, here's some behind-the-scenes footage of what seems to be a fun shoot. Congrats… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 28, 2011 at 9:00am —
Here is Week 3 of AP member Griff Fuller's special report on the 'Occupy Los Angeles' protests against corporate greed: "I started the week missing out on a free Van Hunt show at Amoeba Hollywood. I went back down to Occupy LA. The crowd had grown, but concerns and doubts about stagnant actions in our movement grew with the crowd. I retweeted on October 16 a brilliant document titled… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 28, 2011 at 5:30am —
Watch this! It's getting real funky up in here: Stockholm (Sweden)-based artiste Amalia is telling you to freeze that shit with the release of the video for her Grace Jones-esque single 'Freeze That!" (watch below). By the way, if you don't have her album 'Art Slave' yet, RUN to this online store to get it. Now! Amalia's raw deliciousness mixed with partner in crime Opolopo's productions are a must-have. But… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 26, 2011 at 9:23am —
What does it mean to be Black today? What "kind" of Black person are you? Are you "Black enough"? Toure's new book 'Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?' (available here) is tackling the question of racial identity today in America and discusses what he means by "post blackness". An opportunity for us to ask you guys what you think about this topic. Check out the video below and… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 26, 2011 at 6:30am —
Whoa! Bootsy Collins, Nona Hendryx, Questlove, Bernie Worrell, Doug E. Fresh, Full Force, Sheila E., Paul Shaffer, Tye Tribbett, Ray Chew will be paying homage to the "Godfather of Funk," George Clinton in New York October 25th at the Apollo Theater. Other guests include Fab 5 Freddy, Dallas Austin, Vernon Reid, Kim Burrell, Doug E. Fresh, original members of P-Funk, and more artists are coming...
Organizers say: "Visit… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 24, 2011 at 4:00pm —
"Right to free expression and assembly", "the people are seeking a chance to contribute and to have a role in the decisions that will shape their lives", "leaders need to respond to these aspirations and to help build that better future for all", "protesters took to the streets to demand their universal rights", "innocent civilians were imprisoned", "government resorting to violence to prevent the free expression of ideas from their own people"...
These are words used by US… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 21, 2011 at 5:30am —
The homies Belikos effortlessly blend hip-hop and rock in their new 'Live & Die' EP. It's their second record to date and you get to download the opening title 'The Fuego', a love & hate anthem, for free! They're definitely a band to keep an eye on. If you'd like to support them, feel free to purchase the EP here. In the… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 19, 2011 at 2:00pm —
AP member Griff Fuller Jr. is reporting from the Occupy Los Angeles site (City Hall). Week 2 was full of surprises: Fishbone came to support and perform, 10,000-15,000 people marched on Saturday according to LAPD. Below, Griff is sharing his reflections from week 2 of the occupation, pictures he took, a chat with Fishbone's Norwood Fisher and musician/… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 19, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Magazine Spin agrees with us: Death is a Can't-miss act at this year's CMJ Festival in NY! That's why we have them on the bill of our CMJ showcase tomorrow Oct. 18th- get your tickets… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 17, 2011 at 2:53pm —
Tattoo artist Made Rich thinks you should "Think Before You Ink", and even launched a campaign of short documentaries and events to promote the idea.
He says:"Ironically it's a concept that is commonly overlooked by today's average tattoo seeker, 'Think Before You Ink'. With the sudden surge of tattoos up roaring as a fashion trend, few consumers take the time out to think about these life altering body modifications before getting under the needle. Even though tattoos are… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 14, 2011 at 12:30pm —
LA rockers! How about free tix to catch Pillow Theory tomorrow (10/15), 8pm at Viper Room? The first 5 of you who email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight today get a pair of tickets (put "Pillow Theory Viper Room" in the subject of your message). Ain't that sweet? Ready, set, go!
While you're at it, catch a free MP3 of their track 'The Stalker' below. You're welcome.
Added by AFROPUNK on October 14, 2011 at 11:30am —
It was some years ago that a young Malik Panther (the 'Panther' was adopted from his admiration of the Black Panther Party) strayed away from the common cultural influences that were a reflection of his Brooklyn neighborhood, to reside in the realm of the Punk. Post exposure to bands like Rage Against the Machine, Tool and various punk bands, a connection to rock music and fashion felt truer to him. "I was still wearing my baggies just comin' out of listening to like Snoop Dogg and… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 12, 2011 at 2:00pm —
You all know we're not exactly big fans of BET around here, to say the least. However, we thought you might enjoy Lupe Fiasco and Erykah Badu's performance from last night's Hip Hop Awards. Mr. Fiasco's "Occupy" T-shirt drew a lot of attention (reference to Occupy Wall Street movement?), but we're also seeing what seems to be the Palestinian flag on… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 12, 2011 at 12:30pm —
The Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed spread across the US. Protests are taking place in various big cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and more. AP member Griff Fuller Jr. is reporting from LA. Want to find out how things are going? Marching, camping, free vegan food, community spirit, troublemakers, artist appearances.... Here is what Griff had to say about Week 1 of Occupy LA (report below and photos by… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 12, 2011 at 11:30am —
On the eve of their 25th anniversary, the genre defying legends in Fishbone return with their first EP of new material in 5 years. The Crazy Glue EP, recorded over several months in 2011, finds the band in fine form. Although the songs are harder and more thought-provoking than 2006's well-received “don't call it a comeback” Still Stuck in Your Throat, for the first time in a long time the ska/punk/metal/soul/whatever band sounds like they're having fun being… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 10, 2011 at 6:00pm —
We would like to sincerely thank those of you who took the Afro-punk survey, we are amazed at the response and proud of our community. The world is listening to what you have to say, this research will also be an important tool to give us some leverage when dealing with the media, with our supporters, with our sponsors,… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 7, 2011 at 3:27pm —
If you are looking for a film that will push your thinking and help create conversations around race, class and history, I have a couple of suggestions. First, don’t bother buying a ticket to the film The Help (if I am too late my sincerest condolences). Secondly, check your local listings to find the film White Wash. White Wash is a documentary that looks at… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 6, 2011 at 6:30pm —
Artist/dancer Nick Cave's eccentric "Soundsuits" are in New York until October 22nd! The suits are sculptural costumes/forms that the artist sees as "an exuberant second skin that conceals race, gender, and class" and a "Shamanic", functified freak show. Head to Mary Boone Gallery already. Fashion, art, music at once... go see them for yourself.
Photo by James Prinz, Courtesy of Jack… Continue
Added by AFROPUNK on October 4, 2011 at 3:51pm —