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FEATURE: 'Ori' - the art of Nigerian-born artist Oluseye

Explore the work of Toronto based artist Oluseye aka Seye Ogunlesi.The Nigerian-born artist - whose work centers on the use of geometry and his Yoruba heritage - recently debuted his first body of work, 'Ori'  - an exploration of sexuality, spirituality and identity. Check it out below. Oluseye tells AFROPUNK, "With this body of work, I wanted to challenge the notion that sexuality and spirituality are dichotomous and instead present both as fluid and essential…


Added by Eye Candy on May 6, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Upcoming movie 'Fried IceCream'

Check out this teaser trailer for upcoming film 'Fried IceCream'. The coming of age story follows mavericks Akeebah and Sloan, "two mix-matched peas in a pod living and finding self in the summer solstice of inner-city Atlanta", forced to become ice-cream truck drivers for the summer to afford their last semester in college. Watch the trailer below and support the production of the film …


Added by Eye Candy on May 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The drawings of Haitian illustrator Joseph Kendy

Take a look at the illustrations of Haitian artist Joseph Kendy, a member of the Haitian art studio Chevelin Illustration. Check out his vivid storytelling below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Eye Candy on May 6, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Eunika, Designer

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration. Meet designer Eunika, she aced the styling on this one.

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor

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COMIC: Storm with an AFROPUNK twist - created by Shawn Alleyne and inspired by hip-hop and the #BlackLivesMatter movement

Take a look at this badass Storm, depicted by Philadelphia based artist Shawn Alleyne (one of the artists from the Street Team comic). Inspired by hip-hop, black culture, and police brutality, Alleyne's version of the comic icon is a direct response to the current civil rights issues…


Added by Eye Candy on May 5, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Reggie Watts on James Corden gig, Bonnaroo Festival + The Television Show He Can't Get Enough Of

Internationally acclaimed comic and musician, Reggie Watts, is known for his wickedly entertaining shows. The artist consistently takes his audience on a rollercoaster ride that’s riddled with funny accents and astute quips that sometimes leave those on the receiving end in deep thought. Then there are his beat boxing and looping skills—it’s, well, pure genius. The performer is set to take the stage at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in June,…


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PHOTO ESSAY: NYC protest last week - by photographer Janet Woo

Check out these images from last week's protest in New York City (April 29), lensed by Janet Woo (Photos From the Underground). The protest, which began in Union Square, was a response to the death of Freddie Gray - who died while in police custody - and the subsequent riots in Baltimore. From #NYC2Baltimore was a hashtag many started using for that day's protest.



Added by The Establishment on May 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: The new wave sound of British R&B singer/producer Nao

Listen to the sound of singer/producer Nao. The London based musician - known for her new wave R&B sound - has now released her long awaited EP 'February 15th' (includes new single, 'Inhale Exhale'). Check it out below.


By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Interview: Biracial Rapper KYLE Doesn’t Give A Fuck About Rapper Stereotypes

The line in front of SOBs is growing longer and the chatter amongst the concert goers is getting increasingly louder as I head towards the front door of the venue. As I walk inside, 21-year old rapper KYLE is standing in front of a line of lucky VIP fans who are waiting anxiously for their meet-and-greet with the California born and bred emcee. It’s a scene that I’m actually familiar with, having seen it a week before at KYLE’s show in Philly - the kick-off show for his first…


Added by Sound Check on May 5, 2015 at 11:19am — No Comments

AFROPUNK Premiere: 'Grown Child' by B Forrest and Sam Trump #SoundCheck

Singer/songwriter B Forrest and soul singer extraordinaire Sam Trump bring you their latest collaboration: the silky smooth “Grown Child.” With a full string and horn section, the song harkens back to the golden age of soul with contemporary nods. Sam Trump's voice glides over the proceedings with Al Greenesque effortlessness. It's just the right amount of timelessness with the right amount of freshness.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


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NEW MUSIC: Lonely Horse release new single, 'Black People'

Listen to 'Black People', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums Lonely Horse - a release from the Texan rockers new LP, 'My Desert Son'. Check it out below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on May 5, 2015 at 6:23pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Haitian artists recreate The Tarot with photographer Alice Smeets

Check out these Haitian Tarot cards, a collaborative photo project between Haitian art collective Atis Rezistans and acclaimed documentary photographer Alice Smeets. Each image - shot in underprivileged communities in Haiti - transforms a tarot card into a real life scene. Explore the "Ghetto Tarot" series below.

By Alexander Aplerku…


Added by Eye Candy on May 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The narratives of Haitian comic book creator Chevelin Pierre

Take a look at the work of Haitian illustrator and comic book creator Chevelin Pierre (president of Chevelin Illustration, based in Pétion-Ville, Haiti), an artist whose work - oftentimes wordless - explores the complex relationships between men and women. Check out his stunning images below.

By Alexander…


Added by Eye Candy on May 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK Mixtape #006: Town Square

AFROPUNK's mixtape #006 is here! It's called 'Town Square' and features thought-provoking music and words by Rough Francis, Malcolm X, Alabama Shakes, Saul Williams, Judith Hill and more.

Pump up the volume and get organizing!…


Added by Sound Check on May 4, 2015 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Alter Ego

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'Alter ego'. Nadya tells us: "this figure is a representation of that portion of ourselves that deals with the harder things in life. I believe that when certain traumas or bad things occur most of us want to forget. Though there's one part of us that can't forget and that event can stay with us. In the back of your head. This figure is that part of us,…


Added by Eye Candy on May 4, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2015

AFROPUNK has announced this years Battle of the Bands. In just its third year The Battle of the Bands gives up and coming artists a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, a festival that saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La…


Added by Sound Check on May 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Ignorance Ain't So Bliss, Part 2: The Necessary Conversation on the Black Cops Charged in Freddie Gray's Murder

Before I even start, I would like to point out, yes, I am ecstatic charges have been filed in Freddie Gray's murder but: LA Riots in 1992 were not the first nor last. Ferguson Unrest in 2014 was not the first nor last. Baltimore Uprising in 2015 was not the first nor last. We can celebrate the warrants issued for the 6 officers responsible for Freddie Gray's murder this morning but be aware these are not synonymous with 6 convictions. Be aware. This system. Is.…


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GIVEAWAY: We have tickets to Adia Victoria's upcoming show in Brooklyn at Rough Trade on May 7th

Adia Victoria has already made a huge impact on the music scene. Her unique southern-fried marriage of blues, folk, and alt-rock has taken her on a national tour opening for Hurray for the Riff Raff. She’s preparing a wider release of the tour-only EP she’s been selling on the road, as well as an upcoming book of poetry, and we have tickets to her upcoming performance - taking place at Rough Trade on May 7th. For a chance to win a ticket, comment below telling us…


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FEATURE: 900 migrants, mostly African, died last week on their way to Europe

900 migrants, mostly from Africa, died last week on their way to Europe after the ship carrying them (a smuggler boat) capsized. This tragedy has shone a much-needed spotlight on Europe's mishandling of immigration and the need for its countries to be more open to African migration. The fact that Europe has both greatly contributed to and profited from the current situation in Africa through colonisation and paternalist post-colonial policies,…


Added by The Establishment on May 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: The Black Witch Chronicles Group

Check out this striking photo essay from photographer Fabiola Jean-Louis (responsible for the featured costume design and construction). The essay features the Black Witch Chronicles group, hosts of the eponymous web series. Made up of  Zoe Flowers, Lakeesha Harris, and Geryll “Dr. G. Love” Robinson, the group (and their series) focus on the "growth and well-being of the global movement of healers, artists, changemakers, and visionaries who resonate with their…


Added by Eye Candy on May 1, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

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