Check out the new unisex capsule collection from 'MOSAERT' - the clothing line from Belgian musician Stromae. The musician, known for his vibrant colors and striking look, has collaborated with Brussels studio Boldatwork to create the African influenced and College-style fashion brand; naming the clothing line after an acronym of his name. Explore some images of the capsule collection, below.…Continue
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In this current climate of protest and call for action, many are calling on President Barack Obama to do what others before him have refused by pardoning political activist Assata Shakur - currently living in Cuba under political asylum. In 1973, the member of both the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike, for which she was was accused of…Continue
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Hailing from Martinique by way of Paris, Blake Diamond and The Pearls make the kind of fist raising alt rock that's in short supply these days. Like The Smashing Pumpkins without sinus problems, their anthemic hooks are destined for large stages and light shows. But seeing as they only have one song out, the rager “Black Is Beautiful,” we'll have to settle for laptop speakers.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…Continue
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In 1944, at the age of 14, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century - charged with the murder of two young white girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. The young boy claimed he was innocent; and many years later, Civil rights advocates tried tirelessly to get his case reopened - arguing that police coerced a confession out of the frightened teenager. Now, seventy years later, Stinney Jr. has…Continue
To mark the retirement of legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr, AFROPUNK would like to celebrate both the photographer and his work - a photographer known for his iconic photographs, such as the one above of Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schomberg Center (dancing over the ashes of Langston Hughes). Check out some more of his most notable images, below; and read his own words …Continue
Added by Eye Candy on December 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Rapper Amenan Ball, bassist Jon Jernigan, and vocalist Michael Bevill have taken socially conscious lyrics and put them together with rock and other genres to form the awesomeness that is Interracial Mannequin.
By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor…Continue
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Cakes Da Killa has announced that he'll be releasing a deluxe edition of his hit EP, 'Hunger Pangs'. The remastered edition will come ahead of his upcoming North American tour, and feature 13 new remixes and 2 unreleased songs (available …Continue
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Hometown: Connecticut (moved to Harlem, NY, last year)…Continue
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Girl of the moment FKA Twigs has landed herself a spot in the upcoming January issue of fashion bible Vogue US. Check out some images from the 'Wild Child' editorial, below - lensed by the legendary French fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
Listen to this haunting new track from South African native Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga). Entitled 'Till We Ghosts', the track features none other than Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Get into it, below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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Listen to the latest release from British vocalist Kyan, 'Wire on the Fence'. The singer came on to the scene a while back with his song, 'Days in a Triangle' - and now after working closely with French producer, Madeon, Kyan has steadily become one to watch for the year ahead. Get into the track, below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…Continue
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“This country is as much ours as it the whites, whether they will admit it now or not, they will see and believe it by and by.” "America is more our country than it is the whites—we have enriched it with our blood, sweat and tears.” "The bare name of educating the coloured people scares our cruel oppressors almost to death.” These quotes are from a man who informed the thinking of the likes of Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Yet…Continue
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Looking across social media timelines, one would be mistaken that yesterday was unofficially "D’Angelo Day"; and with the record sales now in, December 15th ought to become "Black Messiah" Day (officially). The album has reportedly topped all major charts, reaching #1 on iTunes in 20 markets already: including Australia, Japan and South Africa. If you've been living under a rock and have yet to hear the record, click …Continue
Check out this interview with Angela Davis, published yesterday by The Guardian. The interview took place in London before a memorial service for black British cultural studies theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, and sees political activist Angela Davis discussing an array of topics - most relevant, the current state of the United States policing and prison system and history behind it. Explore some excerpts from the interview below, and check it out…Continue
Check out 'Melting Pot', the new release from Swedish singer-songwriter/producer, Kissey. You should recognise this track if you recently watched the Sundance prize winning 'Dear White People' - the singles features on the film's soundtrack. Listen to Kissey's offering of electronica, below - plus, a remix by AFROPUNK Fest alum Denitia (denitia and sene).
By Alexander Aplerku,…Continue
Added by Sound Check on December 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Once the end of the semester swings around I always tell myself, Oh, you have worked so hard on finals and everything… treat yourself… and I yes, I think I have done that… a bit treating more than my measly college bank account may have permitted, however, I always love coming across fabulous accessories and one more necklace couldn’t hurt, right? I am really in love with the imaginative and innovative jewelry…Continue
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Since the release of D'Angelo's landmark Voodoo 14 years ago, the questions have circled about a follow-up. Rumors have floated out, often squashed by D'Angelo and his collaborators, most notably Questlove. His unwanted status as sex symbol overshadowing his music, D'Angelo has been increasingly hesitant to step back into the ring. But as anyone who saw his electrifying set this summer at Afropunk Fest can attest, D'Angelo is back. Enjoy 'Black Messiah' in all its glory,…Continue
Lately, the City of Cape Town has seen a wave of discourse around race, belonging, legacy and they way we see ourselves and each other 20 years after democracy. While Ferguson burns and so does the need to find solace from the harsh times we face, we as South Africa have our own issues to deal with, and somehow managed to find our own ways of expressing how our daily experiences make us. Designer Cherize Ross finds her comfort in K-Word, her recently released…Continue
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With a voice and confidence of someone twice her age, teenage Jendayi Bonds leads her younger brother, Gyasi Bonds, and friend Zoe Czarnecki in the sublime Charlie Belle. The band has a 90's alt rock vibe with frank and sometimes charmingly absurd lyrics (I refuse to use the word quirky. I refuse. I refuse. I refuse!) On their debut EP, Get To Know, the trio shows a depth and sense of style and self rare for any age.…Continue
Nana Mensah of 'An African City' fame - the hit youtube series - is set to direct and star in new film, 'Queen of Glory. Apart of the 'Black Girl Quirk' genre (pioneered by works such as Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl'), Mensah's film will continue the dialogue that black women can play outside those stereotypical roles usually given to them. The synopsis of the film is as followed: “a dark comedy about a Christian bookstore,” the film follows Sarah Obeng, a PhD candidate…Continue
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