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NEW MUSIC: Prince funks it up in latest single ’Stare’

While you wait for Prince's upcoming album (who knows when it's coming out? It will probably be a surprise), here's a new funky song to keep you dancing. It has that classic back-breaking Prince sound that's sure to please his supporters. It even features a short sample from his seminal hit 'Kiss'.

Check it out below and let us know what you think!…


Added by Sound Check on August 3, 2015 at 7:48pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” Becomes A Battle Cry For Protesters

Kendrick Lamar’s latest single “Alright” has become a source of hope and power for black people and protesters all around. In the face of police harassment, protesters cross arms and start to chant the lyrics.

By Devyn Springer, AFROPUNK Contributor

In a…


Added by Sound Check on August 3, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Extra

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'Extra'.

Check it out below!

* Nadya Nickels' website:…


Added by Eye Candy on August 3, 2015 at 5:40pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: FKA twigs Reveals Tortured Single 'Figure 8'

'Figure 8', a track from FKA twigs' upcoming EP, was premiered today by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio. In a phone interview with the radio host, the artist explained that the number 8 is a reference to eternity hand movements in vogueing, "every single move has to flow into the other". FKA twigs also talked about the hardship of tour life and why the lyrics of the songs include "It's a miracle if we're still alive".

Check it out below.…


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FEATURE: Noire 3000 Studios' Photo Series 'African Kings' by James C. Lewis

Atlanta-based photographer James C. Lewis changes the narrative about Black men, one king at a time. Tired of biased representations from mainstream media, Lewis decided to take things into his own hands. With his studios Noire 3000, he released 'African Kings', a photo series celebrating African historical figures including pharaohs, Kings of the Songhai Empire, of the Kingdom of Ashanti and many more.



Added by Eye Candy on August 3, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Rock out to Brazilian metal band Project Black Pantera’s single 'Ratatatá'

Fasten your seat belts and blast 'Ratatatá', the new single from Brazilian metal/punk band Project Black Pantera. The Uberaba-based trio caught our attention last year with their hard-hitting sound and they never fail to blow our socks off.

'Ratatatá' is no exception, here's the latest from Charles Gama, Chaene da Gama and Rodrigo Augusto…


Added by Sound Check on August 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Illustrator Kevin Palmer's Bold Imagery

Today we're showcasing the creations of badass illustrator Kevin Palmer. The Phoenix-based artist founded an indie studio called KP Studios and uses his talent to create bold images, including tributes to powerful historical figures fighting for civil rights (The Black Panthers, Angela Davis).

He states: "I received my Bachelor's degree in Media Arts in Animation from the Art Institute of Phoenix. I have…


Added by Eye Candy on August 3, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FASHION: 'Firefly: Charmed by Nature' - New Editorial by photographer Jason Bassett

Take a look at 'Firefly: Charmed by Nature', the latest editorial from fashion editorial from Miami based Photographer & Filmmaker Jason Bassett. The mysterious and sensual series features model Renee Bhagwandeen.

Check it out below!…


Added by Safety Pins on August 3, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

So, About That Documentary About Me...

Remember when I told you guys that there will be a documentary made about me?

Well, as I told you, the documentary is about me having Asperger's, and the added hindrance of being a black male with Asperger's. A friend of mine who runs a online zine told me about them, and I thought it would be interesting. After all, what I have wanted to do since day one was not just write songs, but maybe use having Asperger's as a way to tell a story. After all, every musician with…


Added by Lightning Pill on July 31, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Genrehopper Kevin Michael Stakes His Claim as a Pop Writer on "Dirty Little F**k"

The new millennium has seen a renaissance from artists like Andre 3000, Pharrell, Kelis and Cee-Lo Green attempting to take on a range full of music and ideas, while creating hits that are undeniable without losing any bit of their originality as people. Because of these people songs like "Hey Ya!", "Happy", "Crazy" and "Fuck You" have all become unexpected hits.

What's more is that all of their albums are equally solid, proving that no one has the upper hand in selling a…


Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 2 New Songs from AFROPUNK Fest 2015 Artist Gary Clark Jr. #SoundCheck

The great Gary Clark Jr. just popped up with 2 new cuts from his forthcoming record for us to love. Both “The Healing” and “Grinder” feature a rawer sound than his previous Blak and Blu. His guitar work is cutting and ferocious, particularly on the infectious “Grinder” where he twists a single suspended note into a pained requiem for the American dream. “People dying for this money / Might not be around too long / So I'm gone.”

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim…

Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 2:07pm — No Comments

We Are Back

The expected-unexpected return of One Direction as four-piece group is here and the world must be ready for this. Without warning the guys have unveiled their new song called “Drag Me Down“.

Download One Direction Drag Me Down

Added by Adedeji taiwo adeyanju on July 31, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Fashion Rebels' - Young entrepreneurs making moves in Pretoria, South Africa

A fashion crew is bringing some edginess to Pretoria, South Africa, in the form of a "social market" described as a way to bring together "the people of Pretoria involved in growing the capital city in terms of ART // FASHION // FOOD & MUSIC." Fashion Rebels are co-founders Maitele Wawe and Thifhelimbilu Mudau, and their colleague Sizophila Dlezi.

In an interview…


Added by Safety Pins on July 31, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK LIVE STREAM - The Skins, Vintage Trouble, and Wangechi Mutu's Triptych Film at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

AFROPUNK @ Lincoln Center - join us today for a sneak peek of what's to come at the AFROPUNK festival August 22 and 23 in Brooklyn. Performances by The Skins, Vintage Trouble, and Wangechi Mutu's AFROPUNK presents The Triptych film as a part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors! Hosted by Kimberly Nichole. Click below to stream it live, beginning July 31st at 7:30…


Added by Matthew on July 31, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet Groovy Electro-funk Band Rocky

France-based band Rocky blends electro beats with groovy funkiness. They made waves with their self-titled debut EP, which featured bouncy tracks like ‘Chase The Cool’ and ‘Band Against The Wall’ (stream below), produced by their Labelgum labelmate Guillaume Brière ‘The Shoes’. Lead singer Ines Kokou and her bandmates Olivier Bruggeman, Tom Devos and Laurent Paingault are onto something... Let's see what they come up with next.



Added by Sound Check on July 31, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Drake Diss

Over a week after Meek Mill first called out Drake for allegedly having a ghostwriter, the Philly rapper has responded with his own diss record, “Wanna Know“.#

DOWNLOAD Meek Mill Wanna Know

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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."…


Added by Eye Candy on July 31, 2015 at 2:52am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Fall Back/Be With You' - The Mesmerizing New Single From Singer And Occasional Beatmaker Bridget Perez

Listen to the energetic new single from New York singer and producer Bridget Perez - 'Fall Back/Be With You'. The track is the lead single from her forthcoming full length project, 'Excréments: Première Pression'; and the singer states, “This little teaser is dedicated to anyone who has ever managed to keep their #Fallbackgame strong while caught in a fatal attraction.” Check it out below.

By Alexander…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Make no mistake, this is an act of white supremacy” - Sandra Bland Mural Defaced by #AllLivesMatter Protesters

On tuesday it was reported that a Sandra Bland mural in Ottawa, Canada, had been defaced by #AllLivesMatter protesters - with the very same hashtag it has used time and time again to overshadow the epidemic of violence against black people. The mural, a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter activist who was found dead in a Texas jail (after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic stop), was painted by local artists…


Added by The Establishment on July 30, 2015 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: "A Story Of Pain, Lust And Stolen Moments" - British Alt Singer Songwriter Alxndr London Releases Soulful New Track, 'Date X'

Have a listen to the latest offering from British nu-soul musician Alxndr London, 'Date X' - a track which combines disco and funk elements with hard hitting bass lines and the London based singer songwriter's signature soulful melodies. The musician tells us that the track "paints a story of pain, lust and stolen moments", and adds: "Whilst the paint was wet, my soul rocked and rolled back and forth across the canvas with the funky gods of disco." After hearing…


Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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