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Reclaiming the Bicha Preta - Black queer identity in the Brazilian publishing world

Marcelo Ricardo is an Afro-Brazilian poet and short-story writer based in Salvador, Bahia. He began writing at the age of 14 and recently published an anthology of short stories and poems in 2016. Through his work he brings to the forefront the dynamics of the black queer experience in Brazil alongside the movement for reclaiming the “Bicha Preta”



Bicha Preta - formerly perjorative; can be loosely translated as black…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Killer cop Betty Shelby is already back on the job. smh

When Tulsa, Oklahoma cop Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter last Wednesday in the death of Terrence Crutcher, that was bad enough. To make matters worse, a juror later revealed that the group voted not guilty in the case because they were getting hungry and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

UK soul singer Rukhsana Merrise drops an anti-capitalist anthem with her high-energy single "Money"

Born and raised in West London, singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise's folk, hip hop and soul influences are clear, but fused into her own sound that is truly unique. The artist's single "Money" combines her distinctively powerful voice with a textured but stripped back acoustic production for a timely political message. The track opens with the lyrics: "I find we try to figure it out / Even when in doubt / The truth be told in time / Can't save / Earning minimum wage /…

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Added by Sound Check on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

WTF: this teen was called into asst. principal's office because her afro was too "extreme"

After rocking her afro for most of the school year, Seventeen-year-old Jenesis Johnson was confronted by a teacher at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. In front of the class, her teacher asked, "How long are you rocking that hairstyle?“, leading Johnson’s classmates to ask her questions about the maintenance. …

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Afro-Mexican histories and mythologies are explored in artist/musician Ras Levy’s “Mexico Negro” exhibit

Mexican musician, painter and rasta Ras Levy is one of the prolific Afro-Mexican artists who has spent close to two decades promoting the exposure and visual representation of Mexico’s legacy of blackness. Levy’s latest collection, ‘Mexico Negro’, is a series of portraits of acrylic paintings done on wooden canvas and embellished with vinyl featuring Mexican figures, histories, and mythologies that are linked to African heritage, like La Mulata de Cordoba (pictured…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 22, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Solange on asserting Blackness in white spaces: "tear the got damn walls down"

On Thursday, Solange performed two intimate shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The performance, titled "An Ode To", was conceptualized, choreographed, directed and composed by Solange, whose Saint Heron platform will also be curating a stage at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017. "An Ode… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

White terrorism strikes again: 'Alt Reich Nation' member charged with the murder of Black Bowie State student

Orignally reported as a random attack, the FBI is now investigating the fatal stabbing of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski as a racially motivated hate crime. The motivation shift comes after UofM Police Chief David Mitchell became aware of Urbanski’s presence in a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation". "Suffice it to say that [the Facebook group is] despicable. It shows extreme bias against…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Jersey-based alternative hip-hop artist IZM opens up about sexual abuse in moving track "Give Me Strength"

IZM (Anthony Peterson) is an alternative hip-hop and spoken word artist whose mission is to provide healing for the Black LGBTQ community. "Give Me Strength", a stand out track from his third album Rhyme Therapy Vol. 1: DESTROY due later this year, is a bold and stirring take on the pain of sexual abuse the artist endured in his younger years. IZM hopes the song to be a spark that lights the fire to free other Black men from similar demons.



"As a black…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2017 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Saying "we're all Black" to silence intersectionality is the Black version of "all lives matter"

Like White People, Black men (in the most general sense) only differentiate between others when it serves them in a “positive” way. Hypermasculinity/homophobia/and femmephobia, to an extent, all factor into the ways in which the average Black understands his “manhood”. Men will acknowledge the existence of gender roles when it means they get the big piece of chicken or can sleep around without judgment or accountability—anytime where it can be used to assert dominance and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

ABUSE: The question is, does anyone care? -thoughts before I sleep

The pain I feel for my sisters, and for myself, is indescribable. I have never met one woman in my life, with whom I've had any sort of deep converstation, that hasn't admitted to being abused...physically, emotionally, sexually...by a man and they are often not strong enough to protect themselves physically or to simply say something about it-but I'm not picking on you males; females can also be guilty of abuse. I



I want to ask families who raise kids to do so in an non abusive… Continue

Added by TICHINA CHEVANA WINNAAR on May 19, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Chillwave R&B Artist KWAYE Drops Stellar 2nd Single, “Little Ones”

With a classic R&B vibe tinged with The Cure, Kwaye's only released 2 singles so far, but both of them are head turners. His latest is the retro “Little Ones,” a song whose dense production and massive hook foreground a powerfully hopeful song about innocence and the nature of prejudice. Kwaye explains to Pigeons and Planes. "We are not born with prejudice—it is learned. Little Ones encapsulates the binding nature of prejudice, and the boundless freedom expressed in the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Keiynan Lonsdale coming out: "not apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender"

Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Kid Flash (Wally West) on the CW's The Flash, just came out as pansexual in an Instagram post, with a long and moving note explaining his decision to go public:





The post reads:



"I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I…

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Added by Sexual Politics on May 19, 2017 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Malcom X quotes that still ring true - he understood that we can't expect a racist system to dismantle itself

On May 19th, 1925, Malcolm Little, who would later become known as Malcolm X and then el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was born. Shabazz would go on to become one of the most influential Muslim ministers and human rights activists of all time. His indictments of white America and unapologetic rejection of non-violence in the face of racism garnered him many detractors. This, on top of his high profile split from the Nation of Islam, culminated with his assassination in 1965, but…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Stunning Photo Series Pays Tribute To Icon Grace Jones on her 69th Birthday



“AMAZING GRACE“ is Amsterdam based visual artist AiRich and stylist Stefhanie Blokland’s tribute to icon Grace Jones for her 69th birthday. Teaming up with model JNM The Naked MC to bring Jones’ electricity and unflinching confidence to life, it was important to the team stay true to Grace’s person throughout production. ”It was almost scary at times because the looks she gave during the shoot made it feel like she truly dipped into Jones' character. It felt like she,…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2017 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Struggle is not a commodity: on the "woke" social media trend

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, Will not be televised, will not be televised. The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live. -Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised



I’m trying not to be the #wokepolice and pass judgment on people, although I think it’s important that we address a certain issue. Many of us are familiar with the popular poem by Gil Scott-Heron first recorded in 1970 and quoted…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Racist Aunt Actually A Pretty Great Person Once You Get To Know Her

**Note: The following is a fictional piece of satire. Any resemblance to real people or news stories is coincidental.…

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Added by ONERARECREATURE on May 19, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Growing up between worlds

Like most of you (especially the elders) I grew up in a fucked-up reality. I had no interest in being a stereotype. This automatically put me in the position of "Oreo". Unfortunately the white kids still saw a nigger when they looked at me. So i found myself walking this isolated reality.

A few years ago i drew a comic book that described my high school experience. It was recently published by Fantagraphics, and in my opinion, is required Afropunk reading! You can order paperback or… Continue

Added by Casanova Frankenstein on May 18, 2017 at 5:55pm — No Comments

New E-Commerce Store Carrying Black Designers lauches!

   

  Oluwa & Celestin has launched the first department store carrying luxury brands created…

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Added by Given_life on May 18, 2017 at 4:26pm — No Comments

I started saying 'yes' when white people ask if my posts about social justice mean I hate them

“Don’t ask questions you don’t want to know the answer to.” Like most overused aphorisms, this is advice applicable to any number of situations, but none more so than for the question white liberals love most: “Does [insert Black person’s response to anti-Blackness] mean you hate white people?”



The query comes, like clockwork, in reply to the most normal reactions to things. Expressing sadness at the lost life of another child. Explaining that something must be…

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Added by The Race Card on May 18, 2017 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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