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NEW MUSIC: Rainy Milo releases new single, 'Rate You'

Check out 'Rate You' - the newest release from British singer Rainy Milo. Get into the track, below.…

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Added by Sound Check on December 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

"Please don't be black"

As I grow older and pay closer attention to the news, I have noticed something that has given me great displeasure and unease. And that's the fact that when I watch the news, I always hope that whatever recent crime has been committed, it wasn't done by a black person. I  tilt my head toward the ceiling, close my eyes, and repeat the mantra, "Please don't be black, please don't be black," over and over again. Unfortunately, the response is usually the same regardless of what I chant--"An…

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Added by Richard B Knight on December 22, 2014 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Singer-Songwriter Midé Debuts New Single “The Only Way Is Up”

Following an exciting year which saw the release of his debut album E.G to critical acclaim, and a first ever nationwide UK headline tour among other milestones, British Nigerian Soul singer, songwriter and musician Midé is proud to announce his brand new single “The Only Way Is Up”. To be…

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Added by We Plug Good Music on December 22, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: NYPD Shootings should not be an excuse to criticize the protests

This weekend two police officers - Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos - were fatally shot as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, an attack that comes off the back of growing protests against the New York Police Department; protests which followed the non indictment of the officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. As unfortunate as said events are, it is also sad to see non-violent protestors blamed for the action of one…

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Added by The Establishment on December 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Erykah Badu and 'Black Dynamite' set to address police brutality in special episode

'Black Dynamite' - the animated series from Adult Swim -  is reportedly set to air a special one-hour musical episode that will address the police brutality that has dominated news s and conversation since the fatal shooting of Mike Brown on August 9th. The satirical show - which is based on the 2009 Blaxploitation film of the same name - will feature guest appearances from Erykah Badu and Tyler, The Creator in the upcoming episode - titled 'The Wizard of Watts'.…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 22, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Brazil's Project Black Pantera Is A Pure Alternative Metal Force of Nature #SoundCheck

It's a bold statement to name your metal band Project Black Pantera, but this trio from Brazil makes bold statements as a matter of course. But rather than being a retread of one of the most beloved metal bands in history, Black Pantera (Portugese for Panther) adopts the radical politics and fury of it's other non-musical namesake. Their people-powered rage explodes across 4 lean tracks, for some of the tightest alternative metal you're likely to… Continue

Added by Sound Check on December 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: George Stinney Jr. cleared of murder, 70 years after execution

In 1944, at the age of 14, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century - charged with the murder of  two young white girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. The young boy claimed he was innocent; and many years later, Civil rights advocates tried tirelessly to get his case reopened - arguing that police coerced a confession out of the frightened teenager. Now, seventy years later, Stinney Jr. has…

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Added by The Establishment on December 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Discover Blake Diamond and The Pearls' “Black Is Beautiful” #SoundCheck

Hailing from Martinique by way of Paris, Blake Diamond and The Pearls make the kind of fist raising alt rock that's in short supply these days. Like The Smashing Pumpkins without sinus problems, their anthemic hooks are destined for large stages and light shows. But seeing as they only have one song out, the rager “Black Is Beautiful,” we'll have to settle for laptop speakers.

By Nathan  Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: MOSAERT's new unisex capsule collection - Stromae's clothing line

Check out the new unisex capsule collection from 'MOSAERT' - the clothing line from Belgian musician Stromae. The musician, known for his vibrant colors and striking look, has collaborated with Brussels studio Boldatwork to create the African influenced and College-style fashion brand; naming the clothing line after an acronym of his name. Explore some images of the capsule collection, below.…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

PETITION: Pardon Assata Shakur

In this current climate of protest and call for action, many are calling on President Barack Obama to do what others before him have refused by pardoning political activist Assata Shakur - currently living in Cuba under political asylum. In 1973, the member of both the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike, for which she was was accused of…

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Added by The Establishment on December 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rock Out With The Conscious Sounds of Interracial Mannequin

Rapper Amenan Ball, bassist Jon Jernigan, and vocalist Michael Bevill have taken socially conscious lyrics and put them together with rock and other genres to form the awesomeness that is Interracial Mannequin.

By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Cakes Da Killa announces 'Hunger Pangs (Deluxe Edition)'

Cakes Da Killa has announced that he'll be releasing a deluxe edition of his hit EP, 'Hunger Pangs'. The remastered edition will come ahead of his upcoming North American tour, and feature 13 new remixes and 2 unreleased songs (available …

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Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Celebrating legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr.

To mark the retirement of legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr, AFROPUNK would like to celebrate both the photographer and his work - a photographer known for his iconic photographs, such as the one above of Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schomberg Center (dancing over the ashes of Langston Hughes). Check out some more of his most notable images, below; and read his own words …

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Added by Eye Candy on December 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Short story about Ferguson/The Times We Live In

Here's a short story (All dialogue!) that I wrote way back in August prior to the Michael Brown decision. It got picked up by The Wells Street Journal (That's Wells Street, not Wall Street). Because they now hold the rights to it, I can't post the story here, but I can post the link, which can be found here:…

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Added by Richard B Knight on December 17, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK STREET STYLE: FREDDIE

 

FREDDIE

 

Age: 26

Hometown: Connecticut (moved to Harlem, NY, last year)…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Abolitionist David Walker

“This country is as much ours as it the whites, whether they will admit it now or not, they will see and believe it by and by.” "America is more our country than it is the whites—we have enriched it with our blood, sweat and tears.” "The bare name of educating the coloured people scares our cruel oppressors almost to death.” These quotes are from a man who informed the thinking of the likes of Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Yet…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) collaborates with South Africa's Petite Noir for new release, 'Till We Ghosts'

Listen to this haunting new track from South African native Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga). Entitled 'Till We Ghosts', the track features none other than Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Get into it, below.





By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

FASHION: FKA Twigs lensed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US

Girl of the moment FKA Twigs has landed herself a spot in the upcoming January issue of fashion bible Vogue US. Check out some images from the 'Wild Child' editorial, below - lensed by the legendary French fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on December 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: British vocalist Kyan releases new single, 'Wire on the Fence'

Listen to the latest release from British vocalist Kyan, 'Wire on the Fence'. The singer came on to the scene a while back with his song, 'Days in a Triangle' - and now after working closely with French producer, Madeon, Kyan has steadily become one to watch for the year ahead. Get into the track, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

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