Have you heard the news? Twenty-two previously unseen Jean-Michel Basquiat drawings and two paintings will go on display in New York at the Acquavella Gallery, May 1 to June 13, 2014. The pieces are part of collectors Herbert and Lenore Schorr's collection. The press release states: "Herbert and Lenore Schorr began collecting the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1981, before his first New York exhibition. “During the artist’s seminal years 1982-83 the Schorrs acquired several of…Continue
I am a visual and creative griot following in the afrikan tradition. I'm a storyteller and I focus on telling stories that redefine, re-appropriate and explore "BLACK AMERICANA," highlighting and finding the beauty in both the contributions, contradictions, pain and pride within "our stories", and thus hoping to discover and re-claim the beauty within my own. I use my acting, creative writing, photography and visual art as modalities for making sure my creative vision and voice…Continue
A new image of Andre 3000 in the Jimi Hendrix biopic 'All Is By My Side' has surfaced. Some say it was revealed by USA Today. Although the source is not confirmed, we can officially confirm that DAMMMMN, Andre has a striking resemblance to Hendrix! :)
Let us know what you think and watch a scene from the movie below. 'All Is By My Side' will be released on June 13th in U.S. theaters, and on August 8th in the UK.…
Today, the seminal hip-hop album Nas’ Illmatic is being re-released with bonus tracks. This is a significant moment for hip-hop as a culture. April 19th marked the 20th anniversary of the album and on that day the documentary Time Is Illmatic headed the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film doesn’t gloss over the social conditions that influenced the creation of this landmark album. It is an…Continue
March Of The Gods - Botswana Metalheads is a documentary about the metal scene in Botswana, including long-time AFROPUNK Fave Wrust! The film will make its New York premiere on May 29th at The People's Film Festival (see info and flyer below).…Continue
Have you heard the news? The Maya Rudolph Show is coming soon with Raphael Saadiq as band leader and Janelle Monae as the first musical guest! NBC announced that the show will air on May 19th at 10pm (it's a one-off for now). Other guests include Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg.
The punk rock reincarnation of 'Josie and the Pussycats', 'pOny' (people of NY) is a 90s based animation centered around four female bandmates. Odette Cruz (lead vocals), Pauline Tharpe (lead guitarist), Nina Lee (bass), and Yoshiko Yomano (drums) are coming together to steal a spaceship called T.W.A.T (Trans-dimensional, Wormhole, Amplifying, Transport) from their future selves. With their fans, affectionately called the Ponytails, their trusty robot companion K.E.V.I.N and…Continue
'The Black Panthers Speak' is back in print! This book features writings by Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, David Hilliard, and Fred Hampton, Kathleen Cleaver and other Panther women. You can get it from publisher Haymarket Books here.
Info: "From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary…
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Indie rock pop band Phox revealed their new single 'Slow Motion'! Check it out below. Their self-titled upcoming album is available for pre-order at phoxband.com.
Always great to see talent in the community! Photographer Ravi Balineni shared some eye-grabbing images from his portfolio. Check them out!
With the critical successes of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, stories of African American redemption seem to be en vogue. This marks a new direction in the tradition of film and hopefully forecasts the arrival of "new" stories of African American triumph. The trouble with telling our stories, however, is the trauma. How many times can we view the "same" narrative of victimhood and subjugation? This of course is the common query of those who wish we…Continue
Do you guys know about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll? We're very excited to partner with Thirteen to bring you an interactive online screening of 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll' (American Masters series), on April 9th 2014 at 7pm EST (i.e. New York time).
Join us at https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/px0bk to watch and chat with us!
Mali-born artist Malick Sidibe has become an icon within the firmament of the West African country’s art world and history, as a photographer documenting his country’s shift from being a French colony to gaining independence on September 22, 1960. Sidibe’s photos are all honest imagery mirroring the Malians' stress, beauty, perseverance, and freedom from the days of bondage, and its current state of the union.
By Tip Jordan,…
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Anita - Speaking The Truth To Power is an independent film directed by Freida Mock. The movie confronts multiple layers of the sexism Anita Hill experienced in the workplace. In 1991, when she accused then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, what made it difficult for Hill to tell her story was the belittlement of her legitimate place as a woman in society. However, she…Continue
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When given a taste of the world Jimi Hendrix visited when performing, Brazilian artist Gian Paolo La Barbera created a kaleidoscopic piece representing the legend. As Hendrix's melodies jump from his tongue, and his hair flow amidst the soothing frequency of his guitar strings, we fall victim to creativity’s seduction once more!
By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…
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Her story is one of great joy and great pain, struggles, self-acceptance, identity, abuse, trauma. Haitian activist and model Tico Armand exposes her truth. From being a baby born into poverty in Haiti, to her move to Brooklyn as a young girl and the adversities she’s had to endure, her experiences filled her with the strength and the motivation to succeed. She is now an accomplished model who has graced the pages of various magazines, and runways across the…Continue