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FASHION: 'Piscestail' - the latest from photographer Jason Bassett

Take a look at  'Piscestail', the latest editorial from fashion editorial from Miami based Photographer & Filmmaker Jason Bassett. The retro images feature twin models Alia and Delcia Johnson. Explore below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



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FEATURE: The work of Martinican graffiti artist and illustrator Xän

Take a look at the art of graffiti artist and illustrator Xän aka Nuxuno - a member of Martinique's street art collective NPL (Mada PAINT). Explore his stunning work below.…


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

NEW MUSIC: 'Back In Time' - Judith Hill's new Prince produced album

Listen to 'Back In Time', the new album from LA singer-songwriter Judith Hill - most recognised for being a backing singer to the late Michael Jackson, as documented in the film 'This Is It'. Her new album, full of soul and funk, was produced by the one and only Prince (who also provides backing vocals on the project); and was shared by Prince with the following words: "please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U…


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NEW MUSIC: The London Souls release their new single, 'All Tied Down'

Listen to 'All Tied Down', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums The London Souls (made up of guitarist/lead singer Tash Neal and drummer/singer Chris St. Hilaire). The single is from the New York rockers' upcoming album, 'Here Come The Girls' (released April 7th) - the album that was delayed after Tash Neal was involved in a near fatal car accident in 2012. Get into the new release below!

By Alexander Aplerku,…


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FEATURE: "'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' Will Be Entered Into the Library of Congress"

Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” recordings (at least 10 years old) to enter its archive, and this year Lauryn Hill’s 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' will be included. The Library of Congress released the following statement: "Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of…


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FEATURE: The cultural significance of Kendrick Lamar and Joey BasA$$

I think the world would be surprised by how many writers enjoy rap music. We are expected to sit high up in our ivory towers all day, buried in books and pretentiousness. But, writing and rapping are oddly similar disciplines. Both rely on clever wordplay, storytelling, and vivid imagery. Thus, I am equally excited about the release of a new album as a new book. On the night of Sunday, March 16, 2015, while I slept peacefully, wrapped in blankets like a fat baby,…


Added by Sound Check on March 30, 2015 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Why Not' - the new single from UK rapper Mikel Ameen (feat. Aina More) + photo series from Sanaa Abstrakt

Today we're premiering the new single release from UK rapper Mikel Ameen - 'Why Not'. The single features fellow Brit Aina More and has been released with a series of nude art images, taken on the London Underground and shot by photographer …


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FASHION: From Ghana To D.C. - By Heytobs Photography

Check out the photography of Hey Tobs Photography. The series of images are for a new editorial titled 'From Ghana to D.C.' - featuring models Elaine Afrika and Team Yaga, with tops from Lavie by Claude Kameni and pants from Nikki Billie Jean. Explore the images below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on March 27, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: A conversation on travel and wellness with DJ Adora Tokyo

Earlier this month, I chatted with one of my sisterfriends Adora. Adora and I recently reunited when I guided a yoga class for women of color in Minneapolis. She arrived a little late (love you, boo!) and completely knocked me off my yoga game when she entered the room. We hadn't seen each other in two years largely due to my moving to Chicago and…


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FEATURE: The Almighty Street Team - How we created our own comic book/video game studio

Hello everyone! First off, I would like to say simply, “Thank You!” Since we first announced this concept of “The Street Team” years ago, the support from everyone has been explosive and humbling. Street Team Studio is the umbrella company that unites four production studios and affiliate “members”. It is a multi-media…


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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Death By Icon release new single 'Namesake' (feat. Deer Emerson)

Today we're premiering the new track from Hip Hop group Death By Icon (the Chicagoan group consisting of Victor, Anthony, and their producer Dook). The track is titled 'Namesake' and features musician Deer Emerson. Get into it below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



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FEATURE: Grace Jones Documentary gets the green light from BBC Films

A new documentary on the life of iconic Jamaican musician and supermodel Grace Jones has received the green light from the film unit of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company). The documentary (reportedly in the works for seven years) was announced among a number of projects that will be commissioned in celebration of the film division's 25th anniversary. Titled 'Grace jones: The Musical Of My Life' and directed by Sophie Fiennes,…


Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Dionne Farris, The Wildest Flower

Singer and songwriter Dionne Farris was pushed into the spotlight after being featured on Arrested Development’s Grammy award winning single 'Tennessee'. The single off the hip hop group’s 1992 debut album '3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...' jump started her career and would be followed by live performances on the MTV Movie Awards and the Arsenio Hall Show. She toured with the group as a contributor not as an official member and soon parted ways to begin her…


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FEATURE: Toro Y Moi releases new single 'Run Baby Run'

Listen to 'Run Baby Run', the new release from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick). The track is the latest from the musician's upcoming album, 'What For?'. Listen below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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FEATURE: The Runaway Jamaica - "Not your Average Bed & Breakfast"

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for The Runaway, a proposed bed and breakfast on the North shore of Jamaica - the brainchild of Chef Kalisa Martin and digital marketer Jeff Belizaire (former Brooklynites, both of whom have Caribbean roots). The duo's desire was sparked off by a vacation in Jamaica during a cold New York winter and they have now taken the courageous steps to realise their dream by uprooting to Jamaica. With funding, their aim is that The Runaway…


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AFROPUNK PARIS: May 23-24 at Le Trianon Featuring Lianne La Havas, Willow Smith & many more

We're taking the AFROPUNK festival to Paris, France! The event will take place May 23rd & 24th at the renowned and beautiful Le Trianon located in the heart of Paris with performances by Lianne La Havas, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Leon Bridges, Youth Man, Keziah Jones, Patrice, The Bots, Young Paris and more to be announced soon. In true AFROPUNK form the festival will also serve as a cultural experience with food, live painting by local artists, an acoustic stage and more.…


Added by AFROPUNK on March 25, 2015 at 5:00am — 9 Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - musician Greg Banks

Meet musician Greg Banks. With his ​70s/​Lenny Kravitz/Jimmy Hendrix vibe; he's a whimsical character that had to be captured on paper - Fort Greene, Brooklyn

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK…


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FEATURE: 'Rad American Women' feminist children’s book

Check out new children's book 'Rad American Women'. Inclusive of all colors, gender expressions and sexualities, the book celebrates the "Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History and our future". Author Kate Schatz created the book after failing to find the right books for her daughter. However the feminist book, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, is not solely for girls. Schatz says: "I definitely want young girls to be…


Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Inspired by music - the work of visual artist Alim Smith

Explore the work of Delaware based artist Alim Smith, an artist who finds his inspiration in music. Smith states that his artwork is "heavily inspired by music" and names Andre 3000, Jay Electronica, Pac, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder as some of his favorite musicians/rappers. Check out his portraits below. Also, if you're in Philadelphia on April 11th, look out for Alim Smith's '…


Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mykki Blanco leaving music to become investigative journalist

Rapper Mykki Blanco has announced his indefinite departure from music. Blanco made the announcement via a Facebook note and revealed his plans to enroll in a sociology and gender studies program, as well as his ambitions to document and write about "homosexuality and gay culture in…


Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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