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FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Whipper Snapper' from Fishbone's latest 'Intrinsically Intertwined' EP. #SoundCheck

It looks like Angelo Moore's creative resurgence on last year's Brand New Step has carried over to his main drag Fishbone. But the credit isn't Moore's alone, the whole band sounds focused and energized in a way they haven't in years. Norwood Fisher handles the majority of the songwriting duties on Intrinsically Intertwined, and the chemistry between the band members is as strong as ever.



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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Low Leaf's Wonderfully Weird Single 'Set Me Free'

Los Angeles-based artist Low Leaf revealed an experimental, twisted and wonderfully weird single off her upcoming album AKASHAALAY (to be released April 29th).

Stream the genre-bending 'Set Me Free' below.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Ban on affirmative action in Michigan Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decided 6-2 to support a ban on affirmative action in college admissions in Michigan. What's the deal Michigan? Is institutional racism suddenly over? Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Latina judge on the Court, was one of only two votes (out of 6) in support of affirmative action. She said: "As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the…

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch Group In Pennsylvania"

Well well well... The Ku Klux Klan formed a neighborhood watch group in Pennsylvania but says "it’s not targeting any specific ethnicity"... ... ...

The Huffington Post reports: "In response to a string of recent break-ins, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has given a local Pennsylvania chapter the go-ahead to form a neighborhood watch…

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Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2014 at 1:02pm — 7 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: MNEK Has Us Hooked On “Every Little Word”

Lewisham native MNEK’s name might not initially set off alarms for you, but if you’re into the UK pop/dance scene then you’ve surely two-stepped to a track or two of his making. MNEK (pronounced Em-En-Ee-Kay) has spun some of his plenteous magic and whipped up hit singles for UK rapper Tinie Tempah, Roc Nation’s Kylie Minogue, singer/songwriter Misha B and hit the top spot twice with both X-Factor girl group Little Mix and Future Records signee A*M*E. He also received a Grammy…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2014 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

REVIEW: Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' Documentary, A Signature Moment In Hip-Hop History

Today, the seminal hip-hop album Nas’ Illmatic is being re-released with bonus tracks. This is a significant moment for hip-hop as a culture. April 19th marked the 20th anniversary of the album and on that day the documentary Time Is Illmatic headed the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film doesn’t gloss over the social conditions that influenced the creation of this landmark album. It is an…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 22, 2014 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'March Of The Gods - Botswana Metalheads' NY Premiere At The People's Film Festival

March Of The Gods - Botswana Metalheads is a documentary about the metal scene in Botswana, including long-time AFROPUNK Fave Wrust! The film will make its New York premiere on May 29th at The People's Film Festival (see info and flyer below).…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 21, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Prince Gets Emotional On New Single 'The Breakdown'

Just after announcing that he worked out a deal with Warner Bros. to release new material and regain ownership of the masters for the music he previously released on the label (he had had an infamous beef with Warner Bros. for decades), Prince revealed 'The Breakdown', a new single which should be on his upcoming album.

Stream it/download it below, it's one of his most emotional ballads in recent memory! …

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

GIVEAWAY: Get A Special Package From Kelis To Celebrate The Release of her New Album

Kelis' new album Food will be released tomorrow on Ninja Tune. It is produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio! To celebrate the release, she's giving away a special package to one of our readers. It includes Food on CD, a t-shirt, and an apron!

To enter, leave a comment below to tell us what your favorite Kelis song is. Deadline to enter is April 22, 12pm EST. Winner will be contacted on April 22.

You can order Food…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 49 Comments

AP Fashion: Meet Designer Sewra Kidane and her Waist Beads Collection

Growing up, I always admired the beautiful waist beads clumped together in my mother's jewelry box. The adornment, from my perspective, seemed to be a symbol of sensuality juxtaposed to the beauty of private intimacy—loving and adorning the self. I loved the way the beads hugged her waist and hips-- the colors outlining her beautiful brown skin-- and I thought, “I can't wait to get my own pair of waist beads.”



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Added by Safety Pins on April 21, 2014 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Jesse Boykins III is back with the ultra-smooth 'Love Apparatus.' #SoundCheck

It's been 6 years since Jesse Boykins III's last full length album, but the singer hasn't been laying low. In the years since The Beauty Created, Boykins has released a few stellar EPs and collaborated with Theophilus London and MeLo-X. But now the modern Romantic is back in full form with the effortlessly sexy Machinedrum produced Love Apparatus.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Documentary 'Taboo...Yardies' Tackles Homophobia in Jamaica

AFROPUNK Fam, check out the documentary Taboo...Yardies, tackling homophobia in Jamaica. Director Selena Blake investigated and interviewed people from the LGBTQI communities in Jamaica, homophobic people, officials and more.

IMDB Info: "Taboo... Yardies, is a film that captures the violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender in Jamaica West Indies and the violation of ones…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 21, 2014 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Maya Rudolph Show ft. Raphael Saadiq & Janelle Monae Coming Soon!

Have you heard the news? The Maya Rudolph Show is coming soon with Raphael Saadiq as band leader and Janelle Monae as the first musical guest! NBC announced that the show will air on May 19th at 10pm (it's a one-off for now). Other guests include Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg.

- L.…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blitz The Ambassador Inspires With “Love On The Run” ft. Nneka

Ghananian rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador delivers the last gem, “Love On The Run” off his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams. The track begins with bold, blaring horns and dainty almost harp sounding strings. You’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of retro vinyl sample is at play here but Blitz has recorded with a live band. The tracks then leads into the sugar sweet vocals of Nneka and the pair embark upon a melodious back and forth of sweeping falsettos and…

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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

OP-ED: 5 Things I’ve Learnt From My Family’s Mistakes

For most people, living away from home awakens a new appreciation for family and the efforts of our parent(s) when it comes to our upbringing. While I can write up a list as long as my arm of the ways that my family have fought to protect and nourish me while putting up with my crap at the same time, I couldn’t help but try and uncover what it was that made me so resentful and why these reasons took so long to manifest. As a 21-year-old adult looking back at my younger self and…

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Added by Robust on April 18, 2014 at 11:08am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Seattle's Best: Meet Raz Simone

After releasing his highly anticipated album Cognitive Dissonance, and making headlines about his one of a kind partnership with moguls Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles’ label 300, rapper Raz Simone still remains the independent, outspoken and creative artist his fans fell in love with as the head of his own creative collective, Black Umbrella.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…

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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'String Theory Acoustic', the latest EP from James Fauntleroy. #SoundCheck

Depending on how your tastes, you either know James Fauntleroy as the singer of boundary pushing collective Cocaine 80s or as one of Justin Timberlake's primary writing collaborators on the contract fulfilling The 20/20 Experience. But the singer and producer known more for larger than life productions (be they relentlessly indie or as mainstream as it gets) strips it way back on his latest String Theory Acoustic.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Punk Rock Cartoon 'pOny' will rock your socks off!

The punk rock reincarnation of 'Josie and the Pussycats', 'pOny' (people of NY) is a 90s based animation centered around four female bandmates. Odette Cruz (lead vocals), Pauline Tharpe (lead guitarist), Nina Lee (bass), and Yoshiko Yomano (drums) are coming together to steal a spaceship called T.W.A.T (Trans-dimensional, Wormhole, Amplifying, Transport) from their future selves. With their fans, affectionately called the Ponytails, their trusty robot companion K.E.V.I.N and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 16, 2014 at 12:31pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Renee Dion’s Whimsical 'Moonlight' Album

You’d be surprised at the volume of great music that goes unnoticed every day. Well, here’s one awesome project you won’t have to miss out on. Columbus, Ohio native Renee Dion is one of those artists you’ll be thankful you’ve come across. The singer/songwriter (who now resides in New York City), hooked up with splendiferous producer Jon Rogers to release the ultra smooth Moonlight album.



By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow Reveals Epic New Single 'To The Top'

Rocker Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) revealed his epic new single 'To The Top'.

About the track, Lewis wrote: "What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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