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FEATURE: British rocker Greighwolfe gets lensed by photographer Toni Smailagic

Check out these amazing shots of British rocker, Greighwolfe; shot by New York based photographer Toni Smailagic. The singer-songwriter has been over in New York for a bit touring and will play his farewell show on on November 10th at Glasslands.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…







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NEW MUSIC: Happy Halloween! Stream the Latest EP From Metal Singer Militia Vox #SoundCheck

Some of you may know Militia Vox as the frontwoman for the all-female Judas Priest tribute act Judas Priestess, others as the MC for the 2012 Afropunk Festival. The singer and multi-hyphenate has been a mainstay of the metal scene, working with everyone from Living Colour to Dee Snyder. Her latest BAIT EP is the first part of a multi-part series called The Villainess.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor …



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Added by Sound Check on October 31, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: All female feminist punk band Big Joanie release album ’Sistah Punk’

Straight from London, UK, come punk rock trio Big Joanie. The feminist punk band formed late last year and have been gigging ever since; describing themselves as 'The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY'. The band say that they want to "create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and telling black kids about black punks who came before us." With Chardine on drums & vocals, Kiera on bass & vocals, and Steph on…

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NEW MUSIC: Public Enemy are set to share rare recordings as part of two album re-releases.

Iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy will release deluxe editions of their 1988 album 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and their 1990 offering, 'Fear of a Black Planet'. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, Chuck D,Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff became a collective voice for the African American community, never one to shy away from their criticism of the American establishment. It was this politically charged nature that…

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Added by Sound Check on October 31, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

ENVIROMENT: AFROPUNK and The Friends of Commodore Barry Park's 'It's My Park Day"

Last weekend, AFROPUNK teamed up with The Friends of Commodore Barry Park for 'It's My Park Day' to plant and clean in the park we call home year after year for AFROPUNK FEST. Check out some of the photos here, and make sure you "Like" The Friends of Commodore Barry Park page to hear more about other volunteer…

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Added by The Establishment on October 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Amp Fiddler on Bringing The Funk Back & Upcoming Tour

Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bandleader, producer, and sound designer Amp Fiddler has spent a 30 year career working with some of the biggest names in music. Starting as a member of Parliament / Funkadelic, and then as a collaborator with Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Maxwell, and a mentor to the late J Dilla, Amp Fiddler kicked off his solo career with the acclaimed album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly in 2006. After a break from music following the 2009 death of his son, Amp…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur reveals new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’

Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur has revealed her new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’. If you've heard the singer-songwriter's EP, 'Jaded', you'll quickly understand why the Louisiana native has become one to watch. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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NEW MUSIC: Hip-Hop rockers RDGLDGRN release new single, 'Elevators'

Check out the new release from Virginia's hip-hop rockers, RDGLDGRN. The new single, 'Elevators' is the lead and title track of the trios upcoming EP. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jenny Bapst - 'Yes You Are'

Today we're premiering the visuals for electro-pop artist Jenny Bapst's song 'Yes You Are', a tale of disillusionment turned into a groovy and catchy tune.

In Jenny's words: “Yes You Are” is about falling in love with someone, discovering that someone is not quite who you thought they were and discovering on your own who that person really is. (...) So you wake up and learn from it and move on. And it is not until you are gone that the other person realizes what they’ve lost,…
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STREAMING: Theophilus London shares his upcoming album, 'Vibes'

Theophilus London has shared his upcoming album, 'Vibes', with fans via soundcloud. The Kanye West executively produced project will be released next week; but in the meantime, you can stream it below. As well as Kanye, the album includes features from Jesse Boykins and Blood Orange's Devconté Hynes. And For those who are critical of the rapper moving away from the sound he debuted with in 2011, this album may not be for you. But I'm all for artists evolving, and I hope…

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FILM: Black Panther coming to the big screen, with Chadwick Boseman as the leading man

For a long while now, the comic book industry has been criticised for its lack of diversity; even more so in relation to film. With the film industry now heavily invested in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life, many have been left disappointed by the shelving of our favorite superheros of color; never seeing the translation to the silver screen like their white counterparts. However, with news that Marvel Studios have signed Chadwick…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 29, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raphael Saadiq collaborates with Big K.R.I.T. on ‘Soul Food’

Always good to hear from Raphael Saadiq. Check out new track 'Soul Food', which is Big K.R.I.T.'s latest single featuring and produced by Saadiq. Funky!

Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming album 'Cadillactica' (out November 11) is available for pre-order here (includes instant download of 'Soul Food').…




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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Bibi Bellatrixx's 'B-Side Part I' EP

You may remember Bibi Bellatrixx as the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba. She's now releasing solo material for your listening pleasure. Her B-Side Part I EP is DIY/self-produced, we were expecting it to rock hard but it's more on the acoustic/melodic side of things.

Check it out below!…




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FEATURE: A raw review of 'Dear White People' by an AFROPUNK community member

I got to see the much talked about Dear White People movie. To me, the most telling part of it has less to do with what is inside of the movie. It has to do with what is out. As I went to the indie movie theater, I found that there were a large plethora of white people young and old who went to see the movie, which wonderfully contradicts the comments section filled with "victims" on YouTube. The reason I had to point this out was because the movie may be called…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 28, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

OP-ED: “Things I Wish I’d Known Growing up as a Black Girl Nerd”

Growing up is always tough. But there’s something unique about the black girl nerd experience. There’s no prototype for the black girl nerd; no famous fictional adolescents whose path we could mirror and cling to. I think many of us had to go our own way, figuring everything out as we went along because it felt like we were the only ones. For me, it felt like isolation heaped atop a pile of loneliness. Who can forget those feelings of euphoria upon actually meeting a fellow…

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Added by The Establishment on October 28, 2014 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Neneh Cherry's new single 'Spit Three Times' + Tour Dates

Neneh Cherry just released the new single from her album Blank Project. It's the song 'Spit Three Times' (with a remix by Lee Bannon), available here.

Ms. Cherry also has some shows coming up, including on in New York at Highline Ballroom! Check out the tour dates and ticket link below!…




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Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

I'm Almost 26, and I've Truly Lived Life!

So, in a matter of weeks, I will be turning 26, which will mostly end my era as a closet indigo child. (I know that has become quite a fad, but that wasn't the reason for my discovery at all.) Anyway, I had went through this moment where I started thinking that just because I haven't been on TV or that I haven't made a bunch of dollars or visited Canada, I haven't really done anything with my life. In fact, I've been at my mom's house doing nothing. You know, those quarterlife crises? Then…

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Added by Lightning Pill on October 27, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Afropunk Fest 2013 Vet Mykki Blanco Talks 'Gay Dog Food' #SoundCheck

At this point, Mykki Blanco needs little introduction. The rapper and performance artist has emerged as a major force in the underground, merging queercore, riot grrrl, industrial, and hip-hop. Mykki's latest record is titled Gay Dog Food, and drops October 28th. It features guest spots by Cities Aviv, Cakes Da Killa, and the immortal Kathleen Hanna. I recently talked to Mykki about the new record, and what it's like to work with your idols.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Villz - 'Appreciation'

Today we're premiering the new video from artist Villz.

About the song, Villz tells us: "Beautiful women of the past, present and future. I feel as if women are being perceived negatively in modern media when there's a different way to express beauty rather than titties and ass. Also it stands as a cultural message of expectance." "Beauty by our standards."

About the video: "The inspiration sprouted from me just loving where I'm from and being comfortable with who I…

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