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FEATURE: Illustrator & Graphic Novelist Ashley A. Woods Joins Marvel Comics

Illustrator & Graphic Novelist Ashley A. Woods is joining Marvel Comics! The independent comic book creator (the artist behind Amandla Stenberg’s upcoming 'Niobe' comic) announced her new gig via twitter: "Excited to have my art on the world stage. After Niobe I work w/ Marvel & Rosarium Press". Take a look out her amazing work below. Congratulations Ashley!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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NEW MUSIC: Bells Atlas' Cover of Grimes' “Genesis” Is Officially The Definitive Version of the Song #SoundCheck

Bells Atlas' streak of flawless head-expanding releases continues unabated with their latest single, a cover of Grimes' “Genesis.” I'll concede that I've never been a huge Grimes fan, but a little of that Bells Atlas magic, and I'm a convert. Drummer Geneva Harrison is in rare form here, her percussion vying for earspace with singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu. Half the time Geneva seems to be handling the melody while Sandra's “my my mys” give the track its rhythmic anchor. Like seemingly… Continue

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NEW MUSIC: Alabama Shakes Frontwoman Brittany Howard Releases Surprise LP - 'Thunderbitch'

Rock out to the surprise new release from Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard - 'Thunderbitch'. The self-titled LP is Brittany's side project, and is more of a rockabilly sound. The bio for her new music outfit reads: "Thunderbitch. Rock ‘n’ Roll. The end / ThunderBand is:…


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FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Lee

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Meet painter, Lee, the 80s done right!

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor

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FEATURE: "Idris Elba is ‘too street’ and ‘too rough’ to play James Bond, 007 author says"

WTF?! According to Anthony Horowitz, the author of the next James Bond novels, British actor Idris Elba is "too street" to play the title character. Until recently, the versatile actor (known for his role in The Wire, Luther, and for portraying Nelson Mandela) had been seen as first in the running to replace Daniel Craig in the James Bond film franchise. However Horowitz' latest comments have "panned the prospect that Elba could be the first black…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Cool' - The Jazz Infused New Track From Nigerian-American Soulstress Nola Adé

Today we're premiering the new single from Chicago based soulstress Nola Adé, 'Cool'. The soulful jazz infused track is from the Nigerian-American musician's Debut EP, 'The Love Dance'. She tells us: "Inspiration, for me, can come from the simplest things. For this song specifically, I was walking on a subway platform in New York, and I heard a horn player playing a variation of the horn part of the song "Cool Like Dat" by Digable Planets. As…


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FEATURE: Beyond Publishing Caribbean - Indie Comic Book Publisher In Barbados

Take a look at these illustrations from indie comic book publisher Beyond Publishing Caribbean. The Barbados based publisher was founded in 2009 by artists Nigel Lynch and Matthew Clark, and (as you'll see below) have a focus on presenting black characters and stories. Since they're inception - and with a team completed by artists Aguinaldo…


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FEATURE: The Eye-Catching Illustrations of Ghanaian Visual Artist and Fashion Designer Papa Oppong

Check out these must-see illustrations from Ghanaian fashion designer and artist Papa Oppong. The Accra based fashion Design student has already completed two womenswear collections - his second, a collaboration with Swarovski - and is building an even bigger name as an illustrator. The final year student …


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NEW MUSIC: Punk Duo Ho99o9 Release Explosive New Track - ‘Twisted Metal’

Check out the brand new single from punk duo Ho99o9, ‘Twisted Metal’. The LA based AFROPUNK Fest alums shared the explosive track via the UK's BBC Radio 1 (their first release since ‘Horrors of 1999′) and it packs a punch. The rockers have been busy lately touring Europe (which concluded last week with appearances at…


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INTERVIEW: Kevin Michael On Being A Futurist, His Artistic Journey & His Projects as DEVAEUX

Have you ever met a person whom once you started asking them questions or talking to them, it feels like you aren't talking to a celebrity at all? Well, that's how I felt when I was talking to Kevin Michael, recently released his compilation album Dirty Little F**k. You see, before an interview, it helps to do as much of the research as you can about that artist, and even then, some artists make you feel like any question you ask would be stupid as hell! That wasn't the case…


Added by Sound Check on September 1, 2015 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Go Strong for Swann


Hi All,

My brother Chris had a freak accident on June 1, 2015. He busted his knee and was rushed to the hospital and he had emergency surgery to repair his broken knee cap. On July 9, 2015, while recuperating, he had to go back to the emergency room and was readmitted because he had…


Added by Chris Swann on September 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

[NEW MUSIC] Schenay Mosley delivers late summer jam "Bon Bon"

With intricate percussion, a funky bass line, and a soothing voice, Schenay delivers one of the hottest tracks this summer/fall. The Highness member released "Bon Bon' as a birthday gift to herself and the world and didn't disappoint. 

In the song, Schenay talks about the freedoms of living carefree…


Added by The Voice on September 1, 2015 at 11:35am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Electrifying New Single From Kenyan Metalcore Rockers Last Year’s Tragedy - 'Bury Your Fallen Dreams'

Rock out with the new single from Kenyan Metalcore band Last Year’s Tragedy - 'Bury Your Fallen Dreams'. The Nairobi based group, fronted by David Mburu (aka Chizi), met while attending universities locally and in the UK; and were brought together by their common interest in rock and metal music. Check out the electrifying new track below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on September 1, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Raising Dion' - A Superhero Comic Book, From The Parent's Point Of View

Check out this new superhero comic book, 'Raising Dion' - a superhero's story, but from their parent's point of view. Created by Dennis Liu (with illustrations from Jason Piperberg), the story centers on Nicole; raising her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Liu states, "Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son…


Added by Eye Candy on September 1, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Dancer & Actress Karen Bengo And Her ‘LEÇONS’ Short Dance Film

Check out this stunning short dance film from East African Born-British dancer and actress Karen Bengo - 'LEÇONS'. Bengo describes the film, directed by Kyle Stevenson, as ”a reference to the many lessons I have learnt in the process from it being an idea". Adding, "I created this video to cover my journey as a dancer from hip hop to commercial work (working for different music artists) to contemporary. The film also marks a point in my life where i feel like I'm…


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FASHION: Model Fernando Cabral's Striking Editorial For FashionTrend Australia

Take a look at these captivating images of Fernando Cabral #throwback. Shot by photographer Ricardo Abrahao for FashionTrend Australia, the striking editorial features the African top model (originally from Guinea-Bissau) in an array of bold menswear pieces; including designs from Laurence Bossion, Sasha Kanevski, Emiliano Rinaldi. Explore…


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FEATURE: Drinking words at Chez Philo, the only bar owned by an African woman in Tel Aviv

Two steps away from Levinsky square, in Tel-Aviv (Israel), you’ll find a spot like no other. Amid the bustling streets of the city’s most mixed neighborhood, Maman Philomene’s bar is a refuge for the non-Jew Africans and all those in love with French-speaking Africa. The manager was the very first Congolese to emigrate in Israel, some twenty-six years ago. It’s a place I wish to share with…


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FEATURE: 'The Questions' - AFROPUNK's Monthly Comic Strip, By Illustrator Branson Belchie II

Every month, illustrator Branson Belchie II creates a comic strip for AFROPUNK that addresses current social issues. This month's comic strip is titled, 'Smoking Gun'.

"'The Questions' are a series of comic strips and illustrations born out of frustration and anger at the injustices society has committed against African Americans. I’m just as tired as you of cops greeting us with guns drawn, asking us questions in threatening tones.…


Added by Eye Candy on September 1, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Liz Vice Talks About “Saying Yes” To Music In The Face of Fear #SoundCheck

Liz Vice's raw mix of gospel, soul, and classic R&B has turned heads since she burst on to the scene earlier this year. Her powerful voice draws on a well of deep emotion and faith. From a near fatal illness and life-saving kidney transplant in her early 20's, to her late discovery of her voice, her story is nearly as compelling as her music.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


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