We love to hear from the LGBT voices of the community, and boy did we hear from them when artist collective The Artchitects released the first episodes of their new monthly web series 'The Peculiar Kind'. Candidness and humor are on the program, but the issues highlighted are sometimes serious (hate crimes, safety, relationships, substance/alcohol abuse, lifestyle). "[Alexis Casson] wanted to create a…Continue
Here is a story about Andrea Kabwasa, a BLACK SURFER CHICK whose surfing journey became a remedy to help her overcoming abuse. I noticed her while watching the documentary Whitewash. Andrea, a teacher and artist, started surfing at the age of 32. In an interview with Liquid Magazine , Andrea expresses how surfing changed her life. She recollects her…Continue
If there’s one role that every struggling black actress has had to rely on at some point in her career, it’s the Sassy Black Friend. You know the one. She’s the character who seems to perpetually exist outside of the plot, a sort of one woman Chorus whose main purpose is to cast her eyes to the heavens in the most exaggerated of eye rolls, click her tongue, and make smarmy comments about what’s going on – while never actually being allowed to take part in what’s going on. There…Continue
Alexis Brown and her bandmates of Straight Line Stitch have been touring consistently and we hope to see them play the Afro-punk Festival soon! AP contributor Olivia Haynes caught up with the metal band when they rocked Towson, MD on March 10. Below you'll find her review of the show, a few phone pics, and an interview with the artists. Here we go!…
Parkour and freerunning trains one's mind and body to overcome obstacles in the built environment through running, jumping, climbing and vaulting over objects. Parkour also builds one's agility,strength and concentration. It is an extreme sport that i've always wanted to try. All one needs is their body, a good pair of running shoes, confidence and motivation (completely environmentally friendly). A few days ago, I read an article in Parkulture about five leading female athletes…Continue
Since I can be very forgetful, my Tumblr page is the perfect way to keep track all of the many DIY inspiration pics I come across. When I found this pictureon Tumblr, I knew I had to recreate it!
Tutorial By Candy Fraser
Underground artist Zebra Katz just rose to "stardom" in the fashion world when designer Rick Owens used his track 'Ima Read' for his Fall Winter 2012-2013 show, during Paris Fashion Week. The cunty song talks about "reading a bitch", aka telling someone to get lost, in club kid lingo. “For me, it was the perfect culmination of where that song could go,” Katz told The New York Times. 'Ima Read', featuring rapper Njena Reddd Foxxx was released on Diplo's Mad Decent's Jeffree's…Continue
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The Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project projects nothing of a simplistic local business idea that’s mingling being tossed around but rather a dream that truly blossomed into something that classifies modern , successful partnerships. There’s a specific reason why the members of the Community choose to highlight this organization with great purpose. Maybe it’s the way Afro-punk has vibrant contributors from all over the world choosing to engage in one big circle of life together…Continue
Hey! Black Witch: Life from the Black Pagan Perspective, vol. 1is out now! It's for sale in both hardbound book (which I made by hand thanks to doing bookbinding as a teen) and e-book form in the Black Witch Etsy shop! More details below! Onward with the column! Not really any questions to answer, it’s been a slow month for Black Witch. But that’s kinda a good thing as the book version of this…Continue
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So rock is still considered a white thing, huh? What a surprise! British tabloid The Daily Mail asks "Does listening to rock make you racist?", referring to a study that states that "just a few minutes of listening to mainstream rock music such as Bruce Springsteen and the…Continue
Hi guys, today we'd like to address an issue that many civil rights leaders see as a way to suppress black and latino votes. This is not the first attack of its kind, but things are getting worse! What are we prepared to do about this not-so-subtle way to silence the voices of countless citizens? An article published in Sociological Images explains what's…Continue
Are most Black girls with colored hair considered "ghetto" (in a negative way) while their white counterparts are considered edgy and cute? While it is true a lot of "ghetto" black females do like to color their hair is it such a pronounced thing that any other black woman who dyes their hair is grouped in with them.
Even if they are ghetto why should they be brought down for having dyed hair when so many people of other races are deemed so many positive things when they…
Surfing is the grandfather of snowboarding and skateboarding. I recently watched Nike's newly released inspirational documentary 12 Miles North: The Nick Gabaldon Story, the legacy of a surfer who died doing what he loved. Nick Gabaldon, born Nicolás Rolando Gabaldón, is recognized as the first documented African-American surfer. Gabaldon, also of Mexican descent, grew up in Santa Monica, California during the 1930's and 40's. At that time, to avoid racial…Continue
Every time a new Tyler Perry film is released, I find myself thinking back to a now infamous 2009 interview in which director Spike Lee, when asked about the state of black cinema, said: “A lot of stuff that’s on today is coonery and buffoonery, and I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better.” This was, of course, a thinly veiled attack on Tyler Perry, who for the past decade has been churning out his own special brand of comedy-melodrama…Continue