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Teen heavy metal band Unlocking The Truth’s documentary “Breaking A Monster,” is now on Netflix!

Unlocking the Truth, the teenage sensations who were discovered playing heavy metal in Times Square and went viral on social media were followed for over a year afterwards, documenting their progress, struggles, and growth in documentary “Breaking A Monster.” Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins and drummer Jarad Dawkins began playing when they were in grade school and the trio was signed to Sony Entertainment soon after their videos went viral. After being… Continue

Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Octavia E. Butler’s afrofuturism masterpiece ‘KINDRED’ gets adapted into graphic novel

More than 35 years after afro-futurist literary pioneer Octavia E. Butler’s masterpiece ‘Kindred’ was released, the iconic novel is being adapted into a graphic novel! A compelling, lucid tale about a young black woman, Dana, who travels back through time from California in the 70s to the pre-Civil War South. As Dana inexplicably travels through different perspectives during this turbulent time, Butler challenges the treatment of women, specifically black women, throughout…


Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Takeover - Harlem



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“Don’t Touch My Hair” photo series reclaims and celebrates body hair as the natural, sacred state of women’s bodies

Fighting the symptoms of patriarchy is a worthwhile resistance in any shape or form, but fighting back through art holds a special place in our culture. Ayomide Odumosu, a pre-med Psychology student at UC Berkley felt compelled to create the photo project “Don’t Touch My Hair” as a response to the policing of women of color in their natural state. Juxtaposing the flora of Southern California with women of color of various shades and ethnicities donning their “overgrown” arm…


Added by Eye Candy on January 19, 2017 at 12:15pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith shares intimate cover of “The Book of Right On” by Joanna Newsom

The youngest people in the music industry often catch unnecessary flack about their naivete, ignorance, or the direction their careers go, when much of their artistic direction is guided by the adults in their midst. For Willow Smith, most people still distinctly remember her for “Whip My Hair,” a shrill pop anthem with little depth and even less musicality, but since that time Willow has been evolving into quite a vocalist and songwriter. Because she releases music…


Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

Woo! D'Angelo has a new album "on the way"

It took fourteen years for D’Angelo to come back to music and once he did Black Messiah took our breath away. It seems that neo soul’s prodigal son has been working hard so that we never have to feel his absence again. Kevin Liles management company, the home of our favorite crooner, hinted that such an earth-shattering event may be on the horizon via Instagram, although the post has since been deleted. "Ready for another D'Angelo album? Might be coming sooner than you think!… Continue

Added by Sound Check on January 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chance the Rapper’s Brother Taylor Bennett Comes Out as Bisexual

Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, fellow rapper Taylor Bennett kicked off his 21st birthday by coming out as bisexual in a series of tweets today. “My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues,” he wrote. “Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality…


Added by Sexual Politics on January 18, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie Soul Singer NoMBe's new single is like a hot cup of coffee on a lazy morning

With hushed vocals, slinky guitar, hazy synths, dancy beats, retro soul stabs, and even a damn 303, NoMBe's debut single “Wait” has a little bit of everything. The song is like a hot cup of coffee on a lazy morning. Rich and smooth but with a little something to pick you up. NoMBe's debut record comes out later this year, and if the single's any indication, it'll be one to watch out for. “Let's make it last forever,” NoMBe sings. Please do.…


Added by Sound Check on January 18, 2017 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Elizabeth Warren to Betsy DeVos: "I don’t see how you can be the Secretary of Education"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tore up terrifyingly clueless Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos yesterday during the billionaire’s Committee Hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension. One of Trump’s many controversial nominees, DeVos has no personal experience with the department she’d be running. In this case, Sen. Warren took aim at the education “activist” lack of experience with public schools, student loans or Pell Grants; as…


Added by The Establishment on January 18, 2017 at 4:24pm — No Comments

#Parkbae Sprinkles Some Shine on All Stars Who Rep Their Park!!


In the past few weeks, you guys have surveyed parks near you! We want to say thank you and sprinkle some spot light on members who have participated in this call to action!…


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Washington-based experimental exhibit unites US & Caribbean black communities with breathtaking art

A professor once told me, “If it’s not pushing boundaries, it’s not doing the work and if it’s not doing the work, don’t bother doing it!” And pushing boundaries is exactly what Tacoma, Washington-based COLORED art exhibit is doing. Curated by Christopher Paul Jordan, the exhibit combines augmented reality, social media, and public art to facilitate dialogue between Black artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The African diaspora is vast and our experiences…


Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Issa Rae and Jussie Smollett team up to produce new millennial webseries “Giants”

Although Issa Rae didn’t nab any awards at this year’s Golden Globes, it’s clear that her story is far from over. Teaming up with Empire star Jussie Smollett and director James Bland, they’re set to release a project on Youtube, the platform where she created the series Awkward Black Girl, which catapulted her into the spotlight. “Giants” is a series about three Black millennials approaching the age of 30 and the realizations that despite their age, haven’t quite mastered…


Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments

UK soul artist Omar invokes dancehall vibes in new swaying single “I Want It To Be”

Caribbean influence in popular music has been surging since early in 2016 and it looks like those vibes are taking 2017 by storm as well. From Rihanna’s “Work” to Drake’s “Controlla,” dancehall took its rightful place in hip hop and pop to create some of the biggest songs of the year. UK soul artist Omar infused his latest single “I Want It To Be” with a slightly more mellow influence from the West Indies, but the song is no less stunning than the rest. It reminds me of…


Added by Sound Check on January 18, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

South African visual artist breathes life into forgotten heritage in his paintings

The African continent is not a monolith and neither are its artists. South Africa in particular has been a creative hotbed for quite some time, both in visual and audio art, but it seems that as of late, an even bigger crop of artists are spreading their wings. Qhama Maswana is a South African visual thinker, breaking down barriers and creating unique pieces of art with paint. When reflecting on his work, he said, “As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak…


Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

The 2017 White Nominees For The Black People Hall Of Fame

At the beginning of a new year and another awards season, we are also faced with the prospect of four years where the emboldened Alt-right white supremacists put a privileged, pussy-grabbing, nacho cheese-colored dicktard in the Oval office, there is at least a little good news:

It’s time for the Induction Ceremony for the White People in Black People Hall Of Fame!

Every year our panelists select a group of cool-ass white people (not to be confused with…

Added by The Race Card on January 18, 2017 at 11:16am — No Comments

Chance The Rapper and Anderson .Paak are cooking up something in the studio

Collaboration is a major key, just ask DJ Khaled. And what’s lovely about 2017 is the collaborations we have to look forward to from our favorite hip hop artists. It’s hard to say who had a bigger year between Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak, but both of them broke new ground and did it bigger than anyone could’ve guessed. And wouldn’t you know it-- they’re in the studio together and previewed the new track via Snapchat for their fans to get hype. The only thing more…


Added by Sound Check on January 18, 2017 at 10:32am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Meet Liv Slaughter, the multi-talented artist/activist bringing POC visibility to Boston’s art scene

So, are any of you still enjoying that Haasan Barclay album, Heaven is Your Last Dream? As brilliant as it is, that album probably wouldn't have gotten as far as it has, if it wasn't for the lady right beside him, Liv Slaughter. A photographer, an activist, a director and Haasan Barclay's manager, she has worn multiple hats, as far as her jobs are concerned, and as a participator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, she works mostly with artists, writers and other subjects of… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 17, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: London MC Eneeks Looks For Meaning In The Struggle On 'My Queen, My King, My God' #SoundCheck

“Get up get up get up get up / I know you're fed up fed up fed up fed up / But keep your head up head up head up head up” London MC Eneeks sings on the EP opening “Get Up.” Sometimes a song captures a moment a little too perfectly. On his latest EP My Queen, My King, My God, Eneeks leads a tight band through meditations on struggles for justice, love, and understanding. Vintage vocoder, neo-soul grooves, and touches of glitchy production collide for an album that is equal… Continue

Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2017 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Spanish band Freedonia is bring soul to the masses but they need your help!

Soul never dies and Spanish band Freedonia is looking ensure that soul lives on through their music. With tunes that pluck directly at your heart strings and sounds that evoke memories of classic rhythm and blues, Freedonia uses sounds of soul and gospel of the 50s and 60s to create a soundscape that is chock full of nostalgia. It reminds me of the records that used to spin in my grandmother’s living room, but made modern by the textures and attention to detail. If you need…


Added by Sound Check on January 17, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Prince secretly helped Trayvon Martin's family

In the wake of icon Prince's untimely death, Rev. Al Sharpton revealed to NYDaily News that Trayvon Martin’s family was one of those who the late-singer secretly donated money to. “I will never forget when he [Prince] called me and said he had some funds he wanted to give to Trayvon Martin’s family... Just out of the blue Just…


Added by The Race Card on January 17, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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