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NEW MUSIC: LOLAWOLF releases their debut album, 'Calm Down'

AFROPUNK Fest alums LOLAWOLF released their debut album today, and the 12 track record is available to stream. The album has been long awaited since the New York trio, fronted by Zoë Kravitz, released their eponymous EP earlier this year. The album is feel good, it's tribal, and it's electronic pop at its finest. Get into it, below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Oh crap! A black girl gamer!

I have been playing video games off and on since I was a little kid. I didn’t have a system at home, so I made sure to make friends with the kids who did. That said, why is it my experience is somehow less than in some gamers’ eyes, despite at least twenty years of interest? Oh, right. Because I’m a black girl queer gamer. The issue is that the “cool girl” doesn’t want to play; she just wants to watch. This unholy desire to actually play games instead of serving as…


Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2014 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Young Jimmy shares unreleased album, 'To My Chagrin'

Young Jimmy has shared his unreleased album, 'To My Chagrin'. Also a producer and guitarist, the New York native recorded the album in 2007; but the album was never released, till now. On his Soundcloud page, he writes: "When I was 19 I sold a lot of music equipment to record this Album "To my Chagrin" with four other men I call my big brothers now. We worked really hard on something that never saw the light of day and worked along side a Grammy award winning engineer Paul…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Queer artists in Kenya - Jim Chuchu & Jarel

Finding his own way to tenderly picked melodies and intricate sounds that make up his solo music, Jarel, known to some as Nderitu Nduba, is a poet, songwriter and “child of the bloom” from Mombasa Kenya. As frontman of The Black Progression Band, Jarel takes pride in his sense of self-reliance and his creative approach to…


Added by Gender Bent on October 21, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Alsarah & The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou' Gets Bouncy Remix by DJeff

Today we're premiering a remix of Sudanese American singer Alsarah & her band The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou', off their new release Silt Remixed (available here).

Their camp tells us: "After the major success of their debut "Silt" album, Wonderwheel Recordings have enlisted the help of some of our favorite producers from across the electronic spectrum to take a crack at the unique…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen Releases New Album (feat. Damon Albarn, Adunni, Nefretitti) #SoundCheck

Fela Kuti once said of his longtime drummer and bandleader Tony Allen “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” So when he has a new album out, it's a major event. On his latest, Film of Life, the 74 year old percussionist and composer proves why.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Where are they now? The 39 black models of Yale Joel's iconic Life Magazine editorial

On October 17th 1969, the iconic issue of Life Magazine with Naomi Sims as its cover model was published. In this issue was an editorial featuring 39 black models, shot by Yale Joel who also shot the cover. That editorial shot is pictured blow, and the text in the image reads as followed: “You see before you what may well be the most persuasive demonstration of successful black power ever assembled. If these 39 models, employed by a new agency called Black Beauty, were all…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist AiRich Talks About Her Afrofuturistic and Raw Style

My name is AiRich. According to the people who surround me, my photography can work safely in the category of "afrofuturism". This has mainly to do with the style, the spiritual aspects that others link to my work. I see this as a great compliment, because my style was first developed by an optimistic philosophy that whatever is inside of me can come out. I welcome it, as it is an expression and reflection of my lifestyle, taste, who I am and how I see the world. One of the most…


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ART: Inspired by Hip Hop - the work of visual artist Derrock Burnett

Meet mixed-media visual artist Derrock Burnett. The Indiana native studied his craft at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Indiana State University - receiving a masters in fine art at the latter. The experimental artist, known primarily for mixed media and collages, is a self confessed 'Hip Hop Baby' and uses the genre as one of his main influences; the music feeding an artistic, visual, response. Explore Burnett's creations,…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro musician Sandflower's 'Do Whatchu Wanna (Boeng Tranga)'

Check out 'Do Whatchu Wanna (Boeng Tranga)', the latest release from electro musician Sandflower. The New York based singer-songwriter has been off the radar for a while, but looks set to make a return with new material on the way. If you're a fan of M.I.A. or Santigold, you're in the right place. Get into Sandflower's sound, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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FEATURE: Be a part of director Cecile Emeke's upcoming projects

UK director Cecile Emeke is currently raising funds for her upcoming projects. Check out what she has to say + more info below. Support indie Black voices!

Ms. Emeke told us: "We are currently launching a crowd funding campaign to support two projects that you may have already seen featured on Afropunk: "Ackee & Saltfish" and "Strolling". Ackee and Saltfish is a short film about two hilarious best friends Olivia and Rachel, which we are turning into a web series. And…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

FEATURE: Voter Suppression Is Very American

Democracy is a word in the United states used very freely and undoubtedly something everyone within this country believes is actively practiced within the confines of the 50 states that come together to make this great union. By definition democracy means, a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representative. Plainly speaking a nation governed by it’s citizens, whom may be elected to lead and…


Added by The Establishment on October 20, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Tattoo Of The Week: Krystal

Krystal proudly says: "When you're this badass you can still have a forearm tattoo AND a job that pays taxes"! She's our Tattoo of the Week. To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to



Added by Safety Pins on October 20, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: British duo AlunaGeorge team up with Baauer for 'One Touch'

British duo AlunaGeorge have teamed up with American Trap and Bass producer Baauer for new single, 'One Touch'. The producer - known mostly for his mega hit, 'Harlem Shake' - shared the collaboration after he posted a list of unreleased tracks via Facebook and asked his fans to pick the track that they wanted him to hear most. Listen to his fans' perfect choice below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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OP-ED: "My Black Is Not Your Black, And That’s Okay"

As a 30-something year old black woman, I pride myself on having embraced my differences. This was not so much the case back in my mid-20s when I was struggling with my so-called “otherness” during a time when most people were trying to figure out who they are. I don’t eat fried chicken (anymore, at least). I do yoga. I obsess over Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I can express at length the differences between Aerosmith and Guns ‘N Roses. Kayaking and wine tasting are two of my…


Added by The Race Card on October 17, 2014 at 9:36am — 8 Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist, Imani Shanklin Roberts: The Portrayal of Afro Women

The perception and portrayal of Afro women in the media has always had an uneven, positive and negative balance being that, the latter has been the interest of popular culture. Good thing these misinterpretations of are beginning to come to an end with the contribution of a plethora of artists, including Imani Shanklin Roberts. Her powerful depictions of Afro people show the truth-- that we are indeed beautiful!

Imani’s sense of detail and beauty exudes perfectly…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: The subtlety of Nigerian photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo

With work that has been featured in the Times New York, ID online, British GQ, Lakin Ogunbanwo is fast becoming one of Nigeria's most promising photographic talents. Refusing to stay in a lane of fashion photography, the artist - known for his classic portraiture and erotic subtleties - has now exhibited in exhibitions such as the Lagos Photo Festival and Art 14 in London. In fact, the photographer's work is currently being shown at the What If The World Gallery in Cape…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC + INTERVIEW: Abdu Ali & His Banging Baltimore Club music EP #SoundCheck

Abdu Ali's last mixtape Push + Slay was a glorious mess of noise, industrial, punk, pop, and hip-hop. The forward-thinking queer MC and longtime collaborator / producer Schwartz have earned a reputation on their dizzying deconstructed beats and aggressive vocals that tread the line between industrial and hip-hop. On Abdu Ali's latest Already EP, the Baltimore-bred and Brooklyn-based duo go back to their roots in Baltimore Club music, but with tinges of the…


Added by Sound Check on October 17, 2014 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

COMEDY: South African comedian Trevor Noah will join 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'

Named one of "Thirteen African Celebrities To Watch In 2013" by Forbes, comedian Trevor Noah is set to join Emmy award- winning 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'; and in doing so, the comedian continues to give South African comedy a global face and proves that he is indeed one to watch. The comedian confirmed the news via Twitter: tweeting, “thank you so much for all your love and support. Being a part of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is such an honour. I can’t…


Added by Eye Candy on October 17, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

EVENT: British Rocker Greighwolfe kicks off NY tour next week, 'Last Night In The City Tour'

British rocker Greighwolfe kicks off his three-date NY tour next week, 'Last Night In The City Tour'. The musician recently released his 'Black' EP, listen HERE or get into the singer-songwriter's experimental R&B in the video below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on October 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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