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RNB Legend Bunny Sigler Releases A Dedication to The Troops with "Til I See You Again"

   Bunny Sigler is a legend in the RNB music scene. Writing and producing for himself and many disco artists and groups through out the 60s and 70s, Bunny Sigler has never failed to deliver entertaining, quality music. His latest release, "Til I See You Again" is another amazing piece of music and should…


Added by AP Exposure on April 27, 2017 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Toronto-based photographer Kibby Kibwana 'Embrace's body positivity in powerful new editorial

When it comes to showcasing all body types and appearances, fashion photography has a major problem. Because beauty is associated with bodies privileged in a white-supremacist, fatphobic, ableist society, models are supposed to fit those ideals. Rather than being a benign example of playing the hand dealt, what magazines and photographers that continually project these images ultimately do is reinforce social acceptance of these oppressive standards, contributing to further…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Alabama Shakes are coming to a city near you to rock TF out

Good news for fans of Blues-Rock band Alabama Shakes, the group recently announced additional dates for their current tour, adding stops in Albany, NY, Shelburne, VT, Boston, MA, and Portland, ME, this summer. ‘Shakes fans in the rest of the country will still have a chance to catch them this week at two stops in Louisiana, in Pasadena on June 24 at…


Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

France-based visual artist Léa-Paloma Rydlova celebrates African hair and beauty in vibrant paintings

Get into the colorful paintings of French artist Léa-Paloma RydlovaBut. Paying particular attention to Black hair and Black women's bodies, the artist's work is full of bold colors, creating her distinctive style. In one a piece, a Black woman with a full, golden fro holds the world in her hands, as if to reclaim it. The works are a celebration, but also a powerful challenge to society's white-centric beauty standards. See our favorite pieces, below and follow Rydlova on…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Mystery Girl

I sit here quietly and watch the sun set

Thinking of someone that I've never met

I wonder does she think of me too

Its rather strange but I get constant thoughts of her.

I long to hold her and to put her smile on her face,

I want to simply take away all her pain,

To a better place is where I desire to take her,

She feels so right, almost to good to be true.

She carries herself with so much plight, a sight to behold,

I just can't stop thinking… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK ARMY on April 27, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Black people who don't vote are not stupid, and many vote pushers are anti-Black

For most of my schooling, I was treated as somewhat of a golden child. As an advanced placement student in a majority Black district, where most of the other Black kids weren’t surpassing their white peers scholastically like I was, the fact that I seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of my ivy-league older siblings did not go unnoticed by the approving adults in my life.

Not only did my “achievements” translate materially in the form of scholarship money,…


Added by The Race Card on April 27, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Visual artist ActionHankBeard caricaturizes pop culture with expressive illustrations

Check out the playful pop culture-inspired work of artist and illustrator ActionHankBeard. Taking cues from 90s animation and pop art history, more broadly, AHB’s illustrations perfectly, using geometric shapes to caricaturize and capture the personalities and auras of iconic black figures, like the cast of ‘Martin’ and ‘The Fresh Prince’, to characters from the anime and beyond. As well as the everyday folk he does commissions for. See some of our favorite pieces done by…


Added by Eye Candy on April 27, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments

Black French journalist Audrey Pulvar suspended for signing anti-Marine Le Pen petition

After signing a petition against racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/Holocaust-denier adjacent French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, French TV host Audrey Pulvar has been suspended from her job until after the election. Pulvar, who hosts the CNews show “The Grand…


Added by The Establishment on April 27, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Queer hip-hop artist Christopher Lovell is one to watch with his mixtape “GATEKEEPERS”

With soundscapes that reflect the diversity of his creative endeavors, the playwright and actor who graduated from the Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre graduate acting program, hip-hop artist Christopher Lovell’s “GATEKEEPERS” is an eclectic mix of energetic and soulful melodies.

The religious themes are heavy, though, causing the collection to veer into the realm of gospel in the same ways that keeps me from enjoying artists like Chance The Rapper,…


Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Comic series follows Chicago teen possessed by the spirit of Shaka Zulu

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.

“‘Zulu’ is a story that blends a…


Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Solidarity with other POC shouldn't result in the erasure of Black people's specific issues

Merriam-Webster defines solidarity as "unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards." The term is often used in social justice spaces to highlight the necessity of a mass movement–a coalition across diverse communities to combat the interlocking systems of oppressive violence against marginalized people.



Added by The Race Card on April 26, 2017 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Black existentialism is explored through the lens of technology in thought provoking short film ‘Inertia’

Brandon Markell Holmes’ short film ‘Inertia’ is a visceral and imaginative exploration of black existentialism as viewed through the lens of technology and narcissism. The interdisciplinary visual project uses vintage footage of black American iconography and culture, from advertising to the church to Malcolm X.

‘Inertia’ confronts the self, identity on a metaphysical level, as well as a social. Taking on themes of religion, binary codes, and digital space for…


Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Anderson .Paak is working with Nile Rodgers, Bruno Mars & Disclosure on NxWorries project

Via Instagram, ‘Malibu’ singer Anderson. Paak hinted at an upcoming collaboration with tourmate Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers (Hitmaker in hand) and Guy Lawrence of Disclosure. While the video features no new music itself, the clip itself shows sequences of studio footage that was captured at Abbey Road Studios by touring photographer Felix Dickinson and…


Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

PREMIERE: Folk-rock singer Andy Palmer pays tribute to Harriet Tubman in powerful new single "Black Moses"

Denver-based Andy Palmer has the type of timeless voice you'll never forget. Weighty and full of emotion, the folk-rock singer's music has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, hypnotic in its ability to be both full of strength and vulnerability simultaneously.

A former New York City public defender, the artist describes his work as "struggling with contradiction," something he views as inherent to the practice of law. His third and latest…

Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Body positive photographer Rochelle Brock wants a bigger, rounder, Blacker movement

ution and journey of self-love. Others feel it is a watered-down version of fat acceptance, and yet others feel it leaves entire communities behind altogether. I say if you have a body that is devalued and uncelebrated in today’s society, this movement should serve you — plain and simple.

This is the motivation behind this weekly series, an intersectional look at body positivity that includes perspectives of different people living life in a marginalized body. We kick… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on April 26, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hey SheaMoisture, without Black women there would be no natural hair business

Back in fall of 2010, I remembered feeling like myself after a lifetime of conformity weighed on my shoulders. One Friday night in a crowded Black-owned beauty salon, I watched strand after strand of my relaxed hair fall to the ground, revealing nothing but close-cropped, tight coils that laid close to my scalp. The entire salon was silent, and I couldn’t help but beam. At 17, I had completed one of the most monumental moments in my life: I had big-chopped and begun my…


Added by The Race Card on April 26, 2017 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

BOOK: Reclaiming Black History - Changing the narrative & celebrating Black excellence

In Finding Octave, author Nick Douglas traced his family line in an effort to provide new understandings around what makes up Blackness in America. Since then, the writer took a DNA test confirming the findings in the book, while also illuminating many powerful new connections.

His articles and essays around these experiences continue to do the work of changing the narrative around the history of people of color. A collection has just been released in…


Added by The Race Card on April 25, 2017 at 6:33pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Trans actress Indya Moore on representation: putting a trans face on an anti-trans institution is not enough

As a model, New York City-based Indya Moore has been sought out by clients as varied as Gucci, GQ Magazine, New York Fashion Week, Christian Dior, OAK, Ab[screenwear], Marquise Foster and Blackmamba. But the Afro-Latina transgender artist and social activist says her work in film, television and video is where she's most excited to keep making waves.

When NPR's First Watch debuted Indya's leading role in J. Views' music video "Don't Pull Away (Ft. Milosh…


Added by Eye Candy on April 25, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Singer Naomi Pilgrim on xenophobia in Sweden & her recent cover of The Specials' “Racist Friend”

With xenophobic sentiment and the far right rising all over Europe and the United States, Swedish singer Naomi Pilgrim's latest single is a call to action. The reimagined cover of The Specials' classic “Racist Friend” updates the sound and lyrics for 2017, but the story's the same: there's no coddling hateful people. We recently got the opportunity to talk to Naomi about the struggle for social justice in Sweden, and art's ability to transform the narrative.…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Solange will take her live show to museums this spring!

Sitting down with Complex during weekend 2 of Coachella, the ‘Seat At The Table’ songstress, Solange, shared her exciting plans to take the acclaimed album on the road this year. Opting out of the traditional touring circuit that most artists rely on for the bulk of their earnings, Solange described her two (touring, but not touring) events…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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