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VIDEO PREMIERE: Check out Down North’s anti-valentines day singles celebration of-a-video ‘tO heLL WitH LoVe’

Oh, to be young and to feel love’s keen sting, a wise wizard once said. Alternative soul rockers Down North’s anti-Valentine's Day single ‘tO heLL WitH LoVe’ pokes much fun at the sheer ridiculousness that is so…

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Why can AFROPUNK add mature X adult documentary content but their subscribers cant?

Im just curious, its not really a critique

Added by Allan Cemetary on February 12, 2016 at 4:49pm — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Black Punk History—British DJ and musician Don Letts of Big Audio Dynamite

Don Letts is a man who has worn many hats. Before he started making music, he ran London’s clothing store Acme Attraction—a fetish thrift store that sold flashy, grimy punk clothes that attracted the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, Debbi Harry, and Bob Marley. Acme ended up being one of the most important hubs for England’s burgeoning punk scene, spawning other spaces and venues to attract similar audiences, like the Roxy, where Letts would DJ. Instead of…

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AfroItinerante - Brazilian Turbans

          Well, as i was going deep into the photograph world, i was invited  weeks ago to produce an editorial to this brazilian brand that makes turbans. Below you can enjoy the result:…

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FEATURE: Brooklyn-based GIRL BE HEARD amplifies young female voices through theatre and activist work. Now performing their new play ‘Embodi(ED)’

Check out Brooklyn-based GIRL BE HEARD, a female-centric non-profit theatre and activism company that encourages and supports girls to amplify their underrepresented voices to create original work that unpacks their thoughts and concerns about political issues. GIRL BE HEARD has performed at TED conferences, The White House, The United Nation, and they’ve even toured…

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OP-ED: British singer-songwriter VV Brown writes frank essay about cultural assimilation, Frantz Fanon’s “Black Skin, White Masks”, and being unapologetically black

I started wearing my White Mask towards the end of elementary school when other people’s awareness of my blackness became the source of humor and mystification. The ignorant question about hair texture and care, musical preferences, Africa, comments about my complexion, etc. all served as a reminder of my otherness. That that’s what white people first noticed when they looked at me. It seemed easier to downplay what white people couldn’t help but see by slapping on a mask…

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FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' illustration by Nadya Nickels

Artist Nadya Nickels creates illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. Check out this week's piece below.

"​I was listening to 'Bullet In Your Head' by Rage Against The Machine and got inspired by the line "They say jump you say how high". Which is the title I choose for this piece."…

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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." This week's illustration features AFROPUNK Paris 2015 host Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin @xkiks, AFROPUNK contributor Felipe Monteiro and…

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BOOK: Revolutionary activist and former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur’s autobiography now available world-wide as an e-book

Assata Shakur’s autobiography “Assata” has been made available, for the first time, as a digital e-book for world-wide consumption. In celebration of increased access to Assata’s…

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FEATURE: Check out Vince Chase’s striking photography in this series of editorial headshots and portraits

Vince Chase is a photographer who clearly has a thing for black and white photography and capturing the underrepresented image of slightly modified black men. Check out some of our faves down below and catch him on Tumblr to see more.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…

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What Happened to Hellfyre Club?

The original plan was to start it with a long story, but it's best to simply get to the point. The reason why Hellfyre Club is no more is because of the following:

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FEATURE: Check out 19-year-old Brazilian analog photographer Matheus Santos’ ‘A Pele Negra e Seus Quases - The Black Skin and the Almost’ series

Matheus Santos is a 19-year-old analog photographer from Brazil. His latest series, 'A Pele Negra e Seus Quases - The Black Skin and the Almost', is his interpretation of the psychologic toll of being a black person in a white supremacist culture.  "These photos are a look over black people's loneliness and abandonment [...], how society and its racist standards are always trying to cover black people under "a white cover", hiding our identity and our real…

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OP-ED: Black History from my lens—lessons that I was blessed to listen to

As a Black Man:

My Black History: It goes back my years as a teenager, Black Baltimore days in the 1990's, when an elder that I respected rolled up on me while I was standing on the corner of Madison & Wolfe Streets in East Baltimore. Alone on a summer night. He whips out a Black Panther newspaper (that may have been older than me) & hands it over to me; it was unspoken that he wanted me to read something. I opened it up, & then he elaborates in a rapid…

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FEATURE: YouTuber Nátaly Neri talks black identity, self-esteem, and black feminism on her channel Afro e Afins

Nátaly Neri is a 21-years-old YouTuber, afro-hair stylist and Sociology graduate student who started the YouTube channel Afro e Afins, which brings to light issues as self-esteem, black identity and black feminism while speaks about hair style and beauty.



“We grew up in an online world. We always spent a long time watching make up videos on Youtube and I rarely saw myself on that. So I asked myself: “why don’t we use that spaces also to give black woman…

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Mentoring Young Teens about Drugs and Music

I remember when I was going to Codman Academy and ran into somebody who went to my middle school, Roxbury Prep at Newbury Comics. (Don't judge me.) It was refreshing to find a black kid who was as into rock as I was.

I remember he was talking about Jimi Hendrix and how he wanted to play music like him. He found he did heroin, so he plans to grow up and shoot heroin, too. Needless to say, I kept my mouth shut about what drugs actually were about, the stupidest thing I ever…

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FEATURE: Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery exhibits artist/curator Janice Bond’s solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Binary’

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago is hosting artist and curator Janice Bond’s solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Binary’. The show is an ongoing multimedia exhibition that aims to create a space for women and femmes to explore the relationship between the wide spectrum of womanhood…

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FEATURE: MaliCiouZ and KANDOLO 'AFROPOP' exhibition now open at Montreal gallery Espace Mushagalusa

Check out Montreal’s Espace Mushagalusa’s current exhibition, ‘AFROPOP’, which features the work of black artists MaliCiouZ and KANDOLO. ‘AFROPOP’ centers around the popular culture of…

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FEATURE: Yoga teacher and self-described "fat femme” Jessamyn Stanley proves that yoga is for every body

Yoga and other group fitness activities can be pretty intimidating to get into. Everyone in the room seems to “belong”, they know what they’re doing and you’re a ridiculous person who’s just going to get in the way and take up too much space. No? Just me? Okay, whatever, but you get what I’m saying. Yoga teacher and self-described "fat femme” Jessamyn Stanley proves that yoga is for every body, not just lithe bodies adorned in Lulu Lemon. Check out a few fitness…

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NEW MUSIC: The Epistle of Zyaire Rosier Explores The Conflicts Within Faith #SoundCheck

I'll be honest: my ears tend to glaze over preemptively when faced with music with overtly religious themes. Art to me is a process of making sense of the world, and the least interesting art is that which self-righteously proclaims: “just follow me! I have it all figured out!” But there's something special and rare about Zyaire Rosier's The Epistle of Zyaire Rosier: doubt, hope, and a need for redemption that vastly outweighs any desire to proselytize. (Not to mention some…

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