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NEW MUSIC: Lion Babe release uplifting new track, 'Jump Hi' - feat. Childish Gambino

Since New York duo Lion Babe released their single 'Treat Me Like Fire' almost two years ago, there has been much excitement surrounding Vocalist Jillian Hervey (pictured) and producer Lucas Goodman. So much so, that many have been waiting impatiently for the duo to drop new material. Well prayers have now been answered. The duo have released new single, 'Jump Hi'; and the uplifting track features none other than Mr Childish Gambino. Get into the catchy anthem,…


Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

ART: Blaxploitation in Watercolor - the work of Argentinian artist Tata Monie

Meet Argentinian artist Tata Monie. The fine artist who originally trained in advertising and graphic design, is heavily inspired by the Blaxploitation film era and captures the iconic films of this era using just watercolor techniques, as though capturing movie stills with a camera. In his own words, what draws the artist to this era is 'The Funk, Gangsters, and gender'. Explore Monie's work, below.



Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Debut EP From Metal Band The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. #SoundCheck

Let's just get this out of the way first: the band is called The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. Their EP is called The Monumental Misadventures of Skeeter Jennings LOVE. It concludes with a doom metal setting of the Dayman song that gets stuck in my head every single goddamn day from It's Always Sunny... I don't know how you can do anything but love everything about this. It is perfect.…


Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

ART: Artist Shantell Martin collaborates with Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler

New York based British artst Shantell Martin has teamed up with Los Angeles based Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler for a special collection, launching next week. Martin has used pieces from Wearstler's home collection as a canvas, customizing them with her signature marker drawings which have garnered the artist much acclaim in the art world. The collection includes includes leather jackets, upholstered leather furniture, totes, marble kisses, and…


Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Emoji Express - the online apparel store run by young college entrepreneurs

Check out Emoji Express, the online apparel run by a team of young college entrepreneurs. In addition to working with manufacturers in the United States, the company works in partnership with an African textile company; with an aim to further the African Textile Industry. The team have now set up a Kickstarter to take the company to the next level. Watch the video below to see how you can support.

By Alexander…


Added by Safety Pins on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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 — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Unreleased Sankofa album, 'To My Chagrin' - featuring Young Jimmy

An unreleased Sankofa album is now out for fans to hear, and it features New York producer and guitarist, Young Jimmy.  Darrin Maxwell is the lead singer and writer of the lyrics, and Young Jimmy plays guitar on the record, with Reginald Duvivier on bass and JC on drums. Production credits go to Hassan Spruill. 'To My Chargrin' was recorded in 2007; but the album was never released, till now. Listen…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

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