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FEATURE: Willow Smith poses for Bruce Weber in electric CR Fashion Book editorial

Armed with her trademark effortless cool, the Chanel brand ambassadress Willow Smith posed for an edgy editorial for CR Fashion Book shot by their legendary Bruce Weber. NBD. Also true to form, Willow’s unique brand of eccentricity and Weber’s warm, theatricality shine through in this dynamic collaboration. Check it out below!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

The life and times of writer/public intellectual James Baldwin gets docu treatment in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

The life and times of novelist, activist, and public intellectual James Baldwin is getting the documentary treatment in filmmaker Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. Based on the notes from a book Baldwin was never able to finish, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ was to center around three critical black leaders whom were each assassinated: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. As …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Metal In Madagascar! Stream the First Two Tracks From Toamasina Band Behind The Mask

With lead guitar runs that would make Paganini jealous and a barrage of earth shaking beats, Behind The Mask marries metalcore feel with an almost neo-classical sense of melody. Their first two singles “The Message” and “Who's The Evil One” are laden with political and social commentary. “The Message” deals with corruption and starvation in Madagascar, while “Who's The Evil One” asks whether the band's image and sound make them more evil than the people they're…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2016 at 1:47pm — No Comments

FEATURE 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at(AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."

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FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Florisval Neto beautifully emphasizes the necessity of nature in latest series 'Ohun Adayeba'

In times of cultural strife, it is wise and rejuvenating to ground oneself; to return to the earth and reflect. In the illuminated social climate of Brazil, its nesting creatives are heeding the call for release and grounding- creating works of art that not only inspire hope and pride, but recognize the cruciality of nature.

In photographer …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 5:34pm — No Comments

NYC-based rock/reggae musician JAFÉ discusses multi-cultural musical influences and transcended sound in Higher Conversations: Part 1

We explore the mind, creative process, and the gritty burrough of the Bronx with conscious, multifaceted musician Jafe. Part 1 of Higher Conversations takes you into his home where he shares a bit of his Dominican roots and the purpose behind his music. "Jafé was raised performing the afro-carribbean music and philosophies from the Dominican Republic. With exposure to Yoruba and its many spiritual sects, Rastafari, and the contradictions of modern society, he began…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Frank Ocean is a black, sexually liberated, genre fluid artist creating in an industry that desires sameness



Frank Ocean Is An Iconoclast

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If the Grammy-award winning “Channel…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

BOOK: QTPOC org bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology ‘Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity‘ available for pre-sale

It’s here! bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity is now available for pre-sale.



bklyn boihood launched in 2009 and has been a strong pillar of the queer people of color community…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Evelyn Luna captures the boundless freedom of the new generation in beautiful new series 'Afro Carioca'

This latest series from Brazil-based photographer Evelyn Luna provides a thrilling glimpse into the revolution that is the youth- the new millennials. In this explosive era of self-actualization and gender fluidity, the younger generations are reclaiming their power and making themselves known, and Luna's series- 'Afro Carioca'- is a beautifully…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro-R&B bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat returns with enticingly melodic ode to technology in new track 'Bus in These Streets'

'It's OK to disconnect sometimes...'

Thundercat is back and better than ever with the latest release of his new track 'Bus in These Streets'. The R&B/funk bassist and singer-songwriter has previously joined the Brainfeeder creative alongside Flying Lotus, George Clinton…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 4:25pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Canadian, Black-owned Shea Butter brand ANU is ready to answer all your moisturizing prayers with affordable, premium products

Every black girl ever will tell you: Moisturization is key.

Unfortunately, good moisturizers are often way expensive, and offered in small amounts-lasting the driest of skin usually around 2 weeks. Thanks to the creators at …

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Added by Safety Pins on August 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Mixtape #021: Speak Truth To Power

AFROPUNK Brooklyn is just a few days away and to get everybody pumped we’ve released a pre-festival mixtape packed with some of our favorite politically charged empowerment tracks inspiring us to take back control by means of voting. Mixtape #021: Speak Truth to Power features tracks from AFROPUNK Fest alums and performers Gallant, Ho99o9, Trash Talk, Saul Williams, The Internet, TV On The Radio—and more. Check it out down below.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Unlabelled x AFROPUNK: Post-apartheid Youth Subcultures in South Africa

From Unlabelled Magazine: "In the last two decades, South Africa has seen the documentation of various subcultures; many of which have existed before they were documented. Many of these subcultures, unable to conform to or identify with dominant and commercial culture, create and represent minority or divergent ideologies and identities most observable through music, fashion and language."

"One of the newest and most controversial…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: I'm creating My Own African Superhero Comic Book Universe

The YouNeek YouNiverse: A comic book universe packed with diverse superheroes

The comic book industry has been in existence for over 75 years! And while it has had it’s ups and downs, there’s no denying the lasting impact it has made on global pop culture. Comic books are at their finest when it comes to superheroes. In fact, it can be argued that no single genre/industry has contributed more…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Rock Out To The Raw And Urgent “American Eyes” From AFROPUNK Brooklyn Band In The Whale #SoundCheck

It takes a special sort of alchemy to kill it as a two-piece, but In The Whale has it down. On their latest single, the heavy “American Eyes,” the duo of Nate Valdez and Eric Riley call up a sort of Jawbox-meets-Local H flavor for something raw and urgent. The song plays off of and tears down the rah-rah jingoism and nationalism that's all the rage these days, sneering the chorus “American eyes / star-spangled and full of pride.” The track comes from In The Whale's forthcoming…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 11:32am — No Comments

OP-ED: My Afro Isn't Superficial- It's Political

Not since the civil rights movement has the afro been so visible, but now its purpose isn’t just political — it’s aesthetic. Designers now use “natural” models regularly, countless black-owned online stores and care sites have sprouted up, and even mainstream cosmetic brands have developed product ranges catered to kinks and coils. For me, however, the journey to my afro definitely was political. It was also deeply personal and a way to solidify and explore my…

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Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Funk Icon George Clinton joins Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder exciting audiences with impending album

Just when you thought he couldn't get more cool, George Clinton exceeds your expectation. Adding to his incomparable resume and overflowing pool of contribution and influence, the punk icon is teaming up with the freshest sounds of today to produce yet another masterpiece. The former Parliament Funkadelic frontman has recently announced plans to release a new…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK-based electro-soul singer Alxndr London blends space and time in concoctive new single 'XXX'

The latest track from electro-soul artist Alxndr London is just the roller-coaster of genres you've been waiting for. It's ineffably important to have access to music that excites and keeps us on our toes- and thanks to this East London-based creative's new track 'XXX', audiences are yet again allowed a pleasant surprise from their listening…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 2:57pm — No Comments

FEATURE: LA-based writer/filmmaker Darnell Lamont Walker recognizes the impact of police brutality on Black youth in new children's book 'I Hate That I Have to Tell You'

Writer and filmmakerDarnell Lamont Walker has brought a powerful, touching narrative to that which no one ever wants to have to address. In this societal climate of splattering Black lives, the roars for Black Lives Mattering has grown to an all-time high. Among the protests and movements- though we preach for the futures of then youth, do we…

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Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016 Attendees - What You Need To Know

Greetings!!!

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2016 is drawing near and we are excited to share the festive weekend with you. Below are useful housekeeping notes to help you have a seamless experience. Please read over the contents prior to your…

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Added by AFROPUNK on August 23, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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