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NEW VIDEO: Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência releases empowering tribute video for Brazil’s Slavery Abolishment Day

The Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência launched the music video for his new single on the Brazilian Slavery Abolishment Day and remembers: if the things are looking black, the things are looking good.



"A coisa tá preta (things are looking black)”, title of this new single, is an expression often used in Brazil to say that something is too hard, bad, ugly. It is one of many expressions used in Brazil that carry a legacy of the slavery times in that country. Always…
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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow and Michael Cera collaborate for dreamy lullaby-of-a-track ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’

A few days ago Willow and DJ Michael Cera (???) released a music-like track called ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’. The spoken word release runs only 1:47 minutes long and is set to an ambient, kind of numinous soundscape that meanders somewhere above the clouds and between Mars. The whole thing is very cinematic and it would be interesting to hear an expanded version in the future.…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indianapolis’ White Moms make us swoon with captivating mix of punk rock and electronic weirdness

Their band name alone is enough to make you swoon, Indianapolis’ own White Moms has a dizzying and captivating body of work. Rock-n-roll at their core, White Moms mix punk rock with electronic ambience and dreamy shoegaze. Their newest release, ‘White Wine’ (listen below) is raw with garage rock riffs and lo-fi static and elements of the psychedelic. Very cool, unique, and refreshing. Check ‘em out down below.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…

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FEATURE: London-based photographer Ade Okelarin presents dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable attributes in ‘Skin’ project

Scarfication isn’t for the faint of heart, but even if you’re not bold/brave enough or interested in marking your body with raised scars, boy oh boy, do they look neat. Photographer Ade Okelarin’s (aka àsìkò) ‘Skin’ project presents a dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable traits; including a pair of freckle-kissed black gingers. The London-based artist is known for his highly conceptualized and stirring editorials that linger in your mind long after viewing them. Check ‘Skin’…

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FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits." …

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Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 12:09pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Salvador-based photographer Tamires Allmeida uses artistic representation as a form of protest with AFROdivasedivos

AFROdivasedivos is a photographic project from Salvador-based artist, Tamires Allmeida. “The project is not only a photo shoot, it is a form of protest. A form of repositioning blackness within our universe.” A quote from poet Jonatas Cesario from whom Allmeida drew inspiration from in creating this representational project. The vastness of AFROdivasedivos is impressive on its own and the images themselves are certainly compelling to look at. They range in style…

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Seinabo Sey's 'Poetic' Gets An Icy Chill On The Norde Remix #SoundCheck

Seinabo Sey is quickly becoming a bright spot in the underground, her music riding the fine line between pop polish and raw emotion. “Sorry,” her latest single off the wall-to-wall dopeness of Pretend just got a reworking courtesy of Norde. It's an iced down breath of cold air, with warped vocals loping and looping over themselves into an ethereal blast of melody. The track joins other remixes from her Sorry Remix EP, which includes mixes by Junge Junge,…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

FEATURE: Gun used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin reportedly sold for $138,900

In this week’s edition of News That Makes Me Sick, that grown man who stalked and murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sold the murder weapon on United Gun Group where a user named “John Smith” (who claimed to be from Alabama) won with a last minute bid of $138,900. George Zimmerman’s decision to sell the firearm that enabled him to murder an unarmed minor marks a particularly ugly and shameful example of the callousness towards and dehumanization of black lives and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA drops stellar reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" with ‘twoAM’

Ahead of the follow up release to her (fantastic) 2014 debut LP, SZA drops ‘twoAM’. The ambient, chill, and sensual track is a reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" and is easily the better of the two. Like many of SZA’s songs, this one sounds like the most relatable diary entry ever—personal, intimate, and emotionally honest. ‘twoAM’ envelops you with warmth and familiarity in the way we’ve come to expect from SZA and hope to hear more of in the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Tacoma-based artist Perry Paints creates imaginative magical realism watercolor portraits

Perry Paints is a surrealist watercolor painter and portrait artist from Tacoma, WA. Perry, who is inspired by women of color, depicts just that! Many of his portraits are rooted in magical realism while the others content elements of surrealism, like the seamless allusions to the sea and of marine life seen with the blue-haired character below or the woman with her head, literally, in the clouds. Check out some of Perry's portraits below then hop to his Society6…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 4:44pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Members Working On 'Prophets of Rage' Supergroup

Welp, the initial reports of a Rage Against the Machine reunion were slightly misguided, but not totally off the mark. After the pretty ominous, uprising-themed ad campaign (pictured below) alluding to a comeback emerged right in the midst of the 2016 Presidential Election clusterfuck, whispers of a possible Rage Against resurgence spread across the web. So when Public Enemy’s Chuck D tweeted a clip of one of the collective’s 2010 performance in London, the correlation…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Bruno Gomes heads to Rio’s The Rocinha district for ‘DONA’ fashion editorial

Bruno Gomes is one of our favorite Brazilian photographers around right now—you might be familiar with his work. If not, check out this beautiful editorial, 'DONA', which was shot in The Rocinha district of Rio de Janeiro. Gomes chose this area to experiment with angles and lightening and to take advantage of the local marketplaces, scenic backstreets, and vegetation. Scroll below to check it out!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 22-year-old digital sculpture artist Deji Onwugbufor creates impressively detailed fictional and historical 3D illustrations

Check out some impressively detailed 3D illustrations from 22-year-old digital sculpture Deji Onwugbufor. The London-based artist creates absolutely gorgeous renderings that are inspired by art history, religious history, social issues and whatever else bubbles up in his imagination. My personal favorite is the black Jesus, of course, because what other color would a man born in a Bronze Age Palestine be? Check them out down below.



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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu ft. J-Felix clap-back at the gossip mill in funked out single ‘Tell ‘Em’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Nottingham electro-soul singer Harleighblu. Her brand new single, ‘Tell ‘em’ feat. J Felix, is a defiant clap-back at judgemental pop culture media that glorifies and rewards the “bad” behavior of up-and-coming performers before using those same things to tear them down. Thanks to producer J-Felix, ‘Tell ‘Em’ is a futuristic mix of house, funk, disco, and of course soul music that boogies from start to finish. “The thing is, I always…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Botswana-based Androgynous model Kesaobaka Kay celebrates Afrocentric style and queer identities through modeling

Botswana-based Androgynous model Kesaobaka Kay celebrates Afrocentric style and queer identities through modeling. Kay was born and raised in the village of Mahalapye, located in the Central District of the country. His objective as a model and creative are to represent the diverse identities of the region and portray freedom to express one’s sexuality, lifestyle, and identity in an authentic way.…



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Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2016 at 6:41pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ghanaian illustrator El Carna Studio is one to watch. Check out their fictional fashionista series Aku & Molly

Aku & Molly is an illustration series by Burma Hills, Accra, Ghana-based El Carna Studios. The project follows (fictional) fashionistas Aku and Molly by documenting their fashion sensibilities—which play on contemporary Ghanaian street style. The renderings have a sleek, almost painterly quality about them that brilliantly shows off texture and detail. El Carna is definitely one to watch—meet Aku & Molly down below.…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 18, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out Johannesburg-based fashion label Nao Serati’s gorgeous Autumn/Fall 2016 lookbook

Check out Johannesburg-based fashion label Nao Serati’s gorgeous lookbook for their Autumn/Fall 2016 collection. The lookbook was shot by photographer Aart Verrips and styled by Rich Mnisi. The label was founded by designer Neo Serati Mofammerein, a graduate of South Africa’s Fashion Design School & Retail Education Institute. Neo Serati specializes in unisex garments that play in the margins of sexuality and gender, as well as South African heritage. The…

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OP-ED: FEEL THE FIRE - Black Women Are Not Too Hard To Love

I’ve heard the talk about Black women and how unloveable we are. How we got “too much attitude” and “too much drama.” Somehow, our attitudes are personal flaws instead of responses to systematic issues. I’ve heard people refuse to love Black women because of how we respond to our oppression. Black women’s bodies and access to the love that supports their bodies are targeted. We refuse to love Black women because we refuse to be reminded of the hatred that exist in our…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: M1 of Deadprez radiates uplifting energy and resilience in new visual for “Between Me and the World” feat. Bonnot

M1 of Deadprez and Bonnot take on current events in video for their wicked clever “Between Me and the World”. The single, which radiates with uplifting energy, perseverance and even optimism, makes commentary on the current and constant social and political struggles faced by marginalized POC and the working poor. “I was inspired by the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates by a similar name. This song is social propaganda if there ever was one. From Carter G. Woodson to Black Lives…

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