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INTERVIEW: Amp Fiddler on Bringing The Funk Back & Upcoming Tour

Singer-songwriter, keyboardist, bandleader, producer, and sound designer Amp Fiddler has spent a 30 year career working with some of the biggest names in music. Starting as a member of Parliament / Funkadelic, and then as a collaborator with Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Maxwell, and a mentor to the late J Dilla, Amp Fiddler kicked off his solo career with the acclaimed album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly in 2006. After a break from music following the 2009 death of his son, Amp…


Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jenny Bapst - 'Yes You Are'

Today we're premiering the visuals for electro-pop artist Jenny Bapst's song 'Yes You Are', a tale of disillusionment turned into a groovy and catchy tune.

In Jenny's words: “Yes You Are” is about falling in love with someone, discovering that someone is not quite who you thought they were and discovering on your own who that person really is. (...) So you wake up and learn from it and move on. And it is not until you are gone that the other person realizes what they’ve lost,…

Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

FILM: Black Panther coming to the big screen, with Chadwick Boseman as the leading man

For a long while now, the comic book industry has been criticised for its lack of diversity; even more so in relation to film. With the film industry now heavily invested in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life, many have been left disappointed by the shelving of our favorite superheros of color; never seeing the translation to the silver screen like their white counterparts. However, with news that Marvel Studios have signed Chadwick…


Added by Eye Candy on October 29, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

STREAMING: Theophilus London shares his upcoming album, 'Vibes'

Theophilus London has shared his upcoming album, 'Vibes', with fans via soundcloud. The Kanye West executively produced project will be released next week; but in the meantime, you can stream it below. As well as Kanye, the album includes features from Jesse Boykins and Blood Orange's Devconté Hynes. And For those who are critical of the rapper moving away from the sound he debuted with in 2011, this album may not be for you. But I'm all for artists evolving, and I hope…


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NEW MUSIC: Hip-Hop rockers RDGLDGRN release new single, 'Elevators'

Check out the new release from Virginia's hip-hop rockers, RDGLDGRN. The new single, 'Elevators' is the lead and title track of the trios upcoming EP. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur reveals new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’

Southern soulstress Jade de Lafleur has revealed her new single, ‘You Know I’m Down’. If you've heard the singer-songwriter's EP, 'Jaded', you'll quickly understand why the Louisiana native has become one to watch. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Neneh Cherry's new single 'Spit Three Times' + Tour Dates

Neneh Cherry just released the new single from her album Blank Project. It's the song 'Spit Three Times' (with a remix by Lee Bannon), available here.

Ms. Cherry also has some shows coming up, including on in New York at Highline Ballroom! Check out the tour dates and ticket link below!…


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

OP-ED: “Things I Wish I’d Known Growing up as a Black Girl Nerd”

Growing up is always tough. But there’s something unique about the black girl nerd experience. There’s no prototype for the black girl nerd; no famous fictional adolescents whose path we could mirror and cling to. I think many of us had to go our own way, figuring everything out as we went along because it felt like we were the only ones. For me, it felt like isolation heaped atop a pile of loneliness. Who can forget those feelings of euphoria upon actually meeting a fellow…


Added by The Establishment on October 28, 2014 at 11:39am — No Comments

FEATURE: A raw review of 'Dear White People' by an AFROPUNK community member

I got to see the much talked about Dear White People movie. To me, the most telling part of it has less to do with what is inside of the movie. It has to do with what is out. As I went to the indie movie theater, I found that there were a large plethora of white people young and old who went to see the movie, which wonderfully contradicts the comments section filled with "victims" on YouTube. The reason I had to point this out was because the movie may be called…


Added by Eye Candy on October 28, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raphael Saadiq collaborates with Big K.R.I.T. on ‘Soul Food’

Always good to hear from Raphael Saadiq. Check out new track 'Soul Food', which is Big K.R.I.T.'s latest single featuring and produced by Saadiq. Funky!

Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming album 'Cadillactica' (out November 11) is available for pre-order here (includes instant download of 'Soul Food').…


Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Bibi Bellatrixx's 'B-Side Part I' EP

You may remember Bibi Bellatrixx as the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba. She's now releasing solo material for your listening pleasure. Her B-Side Part I EP is DIY/self-produced, we were expecting it to rock hard but it's more on the acoustic/melodic side of things.

Check it out below!…


Added by Sound Check on October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist Komi Olaf: Art of Purpose

There is a magnetic power that lies beyond art’s surface and elevates the minds of those who are unafraid to experience its field. Every color, shape, line, and symbol an Artist joins together tell of a story— their personal odyssey, whether in parables or a masterpiece with details equated to that of a novel’s. Understanding art at this capacity sets apart the drawers from Creators, using their divine capability to mirror their anguish, love, guilt, and joy. Painter…


Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Creating new narratives, Folasade Adeoso's digital collages

This summer we wrote on Nigerian/Canadian model/artist Folasade Adeoso and her headwrap collection, '1953'. We now turn the spotlight on to the art of this New York based digital designer. With her signature digital collages, Adesoso is gradually making a name for herself. Normally using ethnographic photgraphy, Adeoso takes photographs and attempts to give these base images new narratives; often obscuring the faces of her subjects with flowers. At times, she also uses…


Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Afropunk Fest 2013 Vet Mykki Blanco Talks 'Gay Dog Food' #SoundCheck

At this point, Mykki Blanco needs little introduction. The rapper and performance artist has emerged as a major force in the underground, merging queercore, riot grrrl, industrial, and hip-hop. Mykki's latest record is titled Gay Dog Food, and drops October 28th. It features guest spots by Cities Aviv, Cakes Da Killa, and the immortal Kathleen Hanna. I recently talked to Mykki about the new record, and what it's like to work with your idols.…


Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Villz - 'Appreciation'

Today we're premiering the new video from artist Villz.

About the song, Villz tells us: "Beautiful women of the past, present and future. I feel as if women are being perceived negatively in modern media when there's a different way to express beauty rather than titties and ass. Also it stands as a cultural message of expectance." "Beauty by our standards."

About the video: "The inspiration sprouted from me just loving where I'm from and being comfortable with who I…


Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Tribeca Film Institute's documentary filmmaker fund

If you've come across our current REELS 13 competition, you'll be fully aware that AFROPUNK are fully dedicated to supporting filmmakers from our community; so if you're an established or budding filmmaker, the following information is just for you: the Tribeca Film Institute is currently accepting applications for its documentary filmmaker fund. The…


Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

VIDEO: Willow Smith Shines at The Fader Fort, and performs with SZA and brother Jaden

The end of last week saw NYC hold Fader's The Fader Fort, and one of the standouts of the three-day music event was Willow Smith. The singer took to the stage on Friday night and sang songs from her upcoming EP '3', and brought brought out SZA and brother Jaden to share the stage with her. The singer even threw it way back with a performance of her debut hit, 'Whip My Hair'. Watch the performance, below.…


Added by Sound Check on October 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The Craig muMs Grant Story

Hip-hop: is an organism made of elements all of its own. Giving voice to artist is one of the most essential components to sustaining hip-hop’s authenticity. Craig muMs Grant is a New York based Poet, Actor and Playwright. His story, Sucker Free Emcee is a lyrical journey of spoken word. The show is underpinned by the beats of Legendary DJ/Producer/Poet Rich Medina harkening back to the birth of hip-hop. He spit, he sweat, he gave us the truth of growing up in the Bronx to…


Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: Glasslands closing - Has Vice officially declared that they are not a part of the community they cover?

Over the last few years, every time I've been to a show at Death By Audio or Glasslands, the last great outposts of DIY culture in Williamsburg's ocean of trust funders and trend chasers, I've been struck by the same terrified thought: “How long can this possibly keep going?” Well, now we know the answer: as long as Vice Media says so.

Since 2006, one block on South 2nd St. in Williamsburg has been the home to DIY venues, an underground film house, and art spaces. One by one,…

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: South African artist OHYESLORD's vibrant illustrations

I've been a fan of OHYESLORD's work for a while, and when I thought of the idea to start an online mag/blog he was one of the first people to come to mind that I could possibly feature, so I was very excited when he agreed. Born in Pretoria and now based in Jahannesburg, OHYESLORD is self-taught, which I would have never guessed had he not mentioned it. His style of illustration is very unique and on a high standard when it comes to digital illustration. His ability proves that…


Added by Eye Candy on October 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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