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FILM: The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) gets US premiere date

The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) – a film about an afro-Venezuelan boy obsessed with straightening his hair - is set to have its stateside premiere on November 19th at NYC’s Film Forum theatre. Prior to its premier on the 19th, the film will is…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FILM: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Over two years ago, we mentioned Thomas Allen Harris' documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; and now the documentary has its US premier next month at the Film Forum in New York on August 27th.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Introducing Blood Sugar front man Xavier's new project "Fantastic Negrito"

Check out Fantastic Negrito, the new project from Blood Sugar frontman Xavier. The musician has had a tumultuous few years - going from a million dollar Interscope deal to a near fatal car crash that almost…

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Added by Sound Check on July 30, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: On Male Intimacy, Art… and Healing!

Badaboum… Here starts this piece of a story; a tiny testimony on how you can heal the wounds of being a Man and on top of that be sensitive with an Artiste’s gifts. On how life sometimes brings you opportunities disguised in a casual joke outfit, and how you can surprise yourself way beyond anything you would imagine!

What happens when we, men, are alone with ourselves? What do we feel? How do we act? What about our routines, our rituals? Why do we feel the urge…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Oddflower: A New Story Project for the Misfits

I was a 13-year-old black girl in Baltimore listening the German industrial metal band, Rammstein. My older brother slipped me their CD, and I replayed songs from the album Sehnsucht exclusively through my headphones—careful to keep the grim, clanging, and completely foreign sounds contained to my ears alone—for fear of being judged. I kindled this smoke screen around most of my life, keeping my interests stashed, my personality sheltered, and my daydreams veiled. I…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK AFTER DARK: The Beautiful Noise presents A Sun Ra Tribute

Checkout this upcoming event with the legendary Sun Ra. Get your tickets HERE!!!…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Shanaz Dorsett's Funky 'Four Walls and a Garden"

With the likes of Lianne La Havas, FKA Twigs, and Sampha, all representing a spectrum of music which is in current demand, a British Invasion is being much sought both in the US and around the world. New electro-soul artist Shanaz Dorsett looks set to continue the takeover - already garnering attention in Europe and working with producers such as DJ Premier, EOM, and Electronic Youth - and AFROPUNK have the exclusive first listen of her single "Four Walls and a…

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Added by Sound Check on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith puts out new single "8"

After Willow Smith’s performance with SZA at the Afropunk curated Redbull Sound Select, there's been much excitement about the thirteen year old singer, and what her music career has to offer. If new single “8” is anything to go by, then things look very promising for the…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks returns with "Heavy Metal and Reflective"

Azealia Banks has a new single!!! Titled “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, the track is set to be released on July 29th, and is the singer’s first song since leaving former label Interscope. Get into it!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Atlanta takeover with musician Bosco and producer Treasure Fingers

“…channeling neon Deee-Lite pop and hip-house swagger for a vogue-ready summer jam.” That’s the description of new song “Names" found on its soundcloud page. The song has been in heavy circulation since it surfaced last week. It is officially released via Fools Gold Records this week and sees the pairing of multi-disciplinary artist/musician Bosco and her fellow Atlanta native, producer Treasure Fingers. 

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream '20th Century Fix (Warm Weather)', the latest from electro-soul artist Mirror Signal #SoundCheck

19-year-old singer/producer Steven Barker AKA Mirror Signal popped up on our radar back in January and we were all blown away by his deft use of ambiance and open space. He's back with his latest track, '20th Century Fix (Warm Weather)'.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: FKA Twigs Reflects On Her 'Video Girl' Past

FKA Twigs used to be a video girl. She recently told Pitchfork: "I'm in so many videos. There was a period of about two years where I danced for everyone: Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Taio Cruz. (...) When I got signed, I stopped dancing—I'd given up that part of my life. I would go out, and somebody would be like, "Oh, I recognize you!" I'd hope it was because they’d heard my music,…

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Added by Sound Check on July 28, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: South African Illustrators Redefining the Afro-Aesthetic

The Afrocentric aesthetic has become a cliché within itself. It’s been muffled with defunct and ill-informed iconography and filled to brim with afros, fists and animal prints referenced from overly exhausted templates that expired lifetimes ago. For countless centuries the creative products of Africans have been ornamental to the lives of middle classed Europeans with postcard knowledge of their origins. With our cultural symbols being diluted and simplified to match the drapes…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Internet's "Summer" mix for HYPETRAK mix series

Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians of Odd Future’s The Internet have joined up with HYPETRAK to release an ecclectic summer mix aptly titled "Summer" for HYPETRAK’s Mix series; and as though the mix coudn't get any better, it's totally free to download.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Danny Brown teams up with british producer Rustie

Following their partnership earlier in the year on “Dope Song”, Scottish producer Rustie teams up with rapper Danny Brown once again for another collaborative effort. "Attak" has all the hardhitting beats, choppy synths, and trap swag we’ve come to expect from the partnership.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: MIA goes "Gold" for The Partysquad's 2014 Summer Mixtape

“Show me your gold, do what you’re told!!!” MIA joins Dutch DJ duo The Partysquad on their annual summer mixtape with the banger “Gold” which has been circulating the internet since yesterday. The mixtape is too good not to listen to in its entirety; but if you only clicked for Matangi then just skip to the 45:20 mark.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Smooth and melodic songstress Brenda Nicole Moorer blossoms with her EP ‘For Lovers & Believers’

Brenda Nicole Moorer captivated me with her melodic flow and whimsical vibrations. Her EP 'For Lovers & Believers' (released March 2014) showcases her natural talents; accompanied often by a live band, her vocals lead her listeners on a carefree yet insightful journey of emotions. Self taught pianist and guitarist, Moorer tells stories through her music. Complete with airy arias and refreshing jazz influences, she brings something new to the table with her artistry. Her…

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Added by Sound Check on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: KELE OKEREKE SET TO MAKE RETURN WITH NEW LP "TRICK"

The Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is set to return to the music forefront, announcing plans to release a sophomore LP "Trick" in the next coming months.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

The official…

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Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago's west side, Union Park, was once again home to Pitchfork Music Festival known for its mix of musical acts ranging from indie rock to New York rap. The festival continues to draw crowds of music lovers from genre to genre and that continues to be the greatest joy of this…

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Added by Sound Check on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in Minneapolis

'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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