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FEATURE: 10 Black Hoopers You Should Know

In honor of last month's Black History month. I have put together a series of 10 interviews with black hoopers. Nine women and one man all who have brought hooping into their lives wholeheartedly. For a long time I had no idea other black people hooped. I didn’t see any people of color being represented in the hooping community or associated with hoop culture. After five years of hooping it wasn’t until recently I discovered the extensive black hoop…

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FEATURE: Saul Williams announced Spring US tour

Saul Williams is set to go on tour this spring! The 'MartyLoserKingdom' tour will begin on April 15th in Cleveland, Ohio, and see the Niggy Tardust musician playing all over the US. The tour is in support of his upcoming album, 'MartyrLoserKing' (out in the summer…

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Introducing: INDIGO BLAK - "Love Lost Bizarre" (The Special Edition LP)

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FEATURE: Visual Realism - the work of artist Shavanáe Anderson

Explore the work of AFROPUNK community member Shavanáe Anderson. Anderson, a freelance videographer and visual realism artist, is currently studying at Suffolk University (majoring in Communication with a concentration in Film Studies). Check out her work below.

By Alexander Aplerku,…

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FEATURE: Death Grips confirm tour rumors and announce album release date

Death Grips, via twitter, have confirmed that they are indeed going on tour and that their long awaited album, 'The Powers That B/Jenny Death', is on its way. In a twitter response from the band's unconfirmed but likely account, Death Grips announced that their…

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FEATURE: Young entrepreneur creates Afrostream, the African equivalent of Netflix

Afrostream, the start-up online streaming platform of "black content" (for audiences in Europe and Africa) has partnered up with video-on-demand service provider, MYTF1VOD, to provide African, African American, and African-Caribbean movies - making it the African equivalent of Netflix. The CEO of Afrostream, Tonjé Bakang (pictured), says: "Black cinema has consistent US box office success. It is an integral part of the cinematic landscape and entertainment options,…

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FASHION: Indie Paris-based Cameroonian designer Nelly Mbonou’s ‘June Shop’

Checkout French clothing brand Juneshop. The label was created in 2001 by Cameroonian native Nelly Mbonou and is most known for its African wax fabrics and modern cuts. With 100% of its production in Cameroon, the ethno-chic label's ethos is to reinterpret "ethnic folklore in an urban setting" and to "democratize African fabrics, sublimating their wealth and diversity." Check out the latest designs from June Shop…

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INTRODUCING: Guitarist Gabby Logan - lead singer of Bye Bye Love

Meet guitarist Gabby Logan. A recent graduate from Spelman College in Atlanta, Logan is trained in classical music and theory and prides herself on being a black female rock n roll guitarist - a guitarist with not only knowledge of playing, but knowledge of the guitar's history and mechanics (she plans to own a company that builds guitars). Check out her music with band Bye Bye Love and her guitar skills…
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ART STAR: Alek McLean

Have you seen the work of international model and fine artist, Alek McLean? Check out my interview of her.…

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NEW MUSIC: Stream the Hauntingly Beautiful Indie of +E #SoundCheck

Not to put too fine a point on it, but let's talk about Charlie Chaplin for a second. The speech that opens +E's self-titled EP comes from Chaplin's in-retrospect masterpiece, The Great Dictator; a speech that now contains some beautiful truisms, but at the time of its release was actually pretty badass. Chaplin's condemnation of Hitler came out in October 1940, a time when the US was still more or less at peace with Nazi Germany, and Britain still had a strict…

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FEATURE: Salomon Faye releases anthemic new single, 'Black Power'

Check out the new single from Salomon Faye. The Paris born rapper (raised in Harlem) uses music to express truths and to elevate minds, and his latest release, 'Black Power', is no exception. When a track opens up with, "black power is higher than all towers, truer than all lies, stronger than all polices/ cops getting bodied for following Giuliani/ see a brother kill a brother is suicidal philosophy", you know that truths are about to be told. Listen…

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FEATURE: Artist Llanakila says "We Love What We Got" with new series of paintings

Check out the latest works from painter and graphic artist Llanakila (Hawaiian word for "Victorious"). In her new series of paintings, "We Love What We Got" and "All Eyes on Queens, Llanakila celebrates what Black women are naturally born with - in her words, "Beautiful hair, bodies, & minds filled with Love & Knowledge". The D.C. artists centres a lot of her work on women, saying: "The female body, our life force, and our sexual energy inspire my works.".…

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FEATURE: Russian Punk Group Pussy Riot Dedicate First English Song to Eric Garner

Featuring a bone-chilling rendition of physically being buried alive, Russian feminist protest group Pussy Riot dedicates their latest project to the Eric Garner case, and all its surrounding controversy.

By Sabrina Renée, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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FEATURE: Hollywood Holt announces that he is now signed to G.O.O.D. Music and that new music is on the way

Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt has announced that he is now signed to Good Music and that he will soon releasing new material (it's been a long time). Welcome back, Holt! Check out the AFROPUNK Fest veteran in the throwbacks below. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The Golden Hippie’s Debut EP 'Flower On The Sun'

In as little as four songs, indie-pop singer The Golden Hippie transports you to a free spirited place with honest lyrics and airy vocals. Born in Phoenix, Arizona as Marissa Jack, she is best known for collaborating with Prince on his song 'Art Official Cage' from his Art Official Age album. On The Golden Hippie’s 'Flower On The Sun' EP, she sings of relationship strife and the struggle to be free and true to yourself. “Cuz we joined the stampede/And we…

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BREAKING: Justice Department will not seek Federal Civil Rights charges against Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown

After the November non-indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr., hope remained in a Justice Department inquiry into the killing. As of today, the DOJ has announced they will not seek charges against Darren Wilson. In an 86 page report, the department states that they have found “no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for…

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NEW MUSIC:Toro Y Moi releases new single, 'Buffalo'

Listen to the new single from Toro Y Moi, 'Buffalo'. This is the follow up to his single 'empty nesters' and will feature on Toro Y Moi's upcoming album 'What For?' (out April 7th). Check it out below.

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FEATURE: Fashion spotlight - Legendary Paris based designer XULY Bët

Check out legendary fashion label Xuly Bët (translated as “watch out” in Wolof). Created by Malian designer Lamine Badian Kouyate, the Paris fashion label is known for its bold expression - its signatures being the use of synthetic materials (a lot hand-dyed in Senegal), fake fur, and T-shirts with provocative slogans. Explore the designs of XULY…

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FEATURE: Mokshini - The drawings of fashion illustrator Nadeesha Godamunne

My name is Nadeesha Godamunne, and I’m a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Ever since I could pick up a pencil, I drew. For me, it was the quickest way of communicating. I was privileged enough to have parents that nurtured drawing, and placed equal value in the arts as arithmetic or English. Growing up drawing was my escape; I drew any chance I could. In high school I excelled in the arts, taking every art course imaginable…

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