Take a look at the photography of #StudioLovn aka Virginia based freelance photographer Niqko Charles, and the breathtaking and bold women that feature in his work - proudly showcasing their skin, hair, and bodies (unapologetically). Explore the images below!
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
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Take a listen to any of Atlanta’s own Baby Baby’s songs and you’ll learn that they love to party. However, even party people know how to hustle. Between being immortalized as street art in Atlanta, getting placements in Journey’s stores in malls across the country, and rocking out at this year’s Vans Warped Tour, Baby Baby’s hustle makes them the ones you need to watch out for. Turn up. Check out AFROPUNK’s interview with Baby Baby vocalist Fontez Brooks…Continue
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Check out the badass art of Afro-urban Montreal based visual artist Ma'liCiouZ - a multi-disciplinary artist, of Haitian origin, known for her paintings and large scale murals. Her camp tells us: "Ma'liCiouZ affirms in her art her identity, which she builds positively by showing the strengths of her people rather than contestation and the wounds of history. Her works are tinged with tribal aesthetics and various references to Black myths, that she adapts to the…Continue
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Take a look at the must-see 'Sibahle' poster series, the latest illustration work from Zimbabwe-born visual artist Ruramai ‘Rudo’ Musekiwa. The Johannesburg based creative activist created the on-going series in celebration of this year's upcoming National Women’s Day in South Africa (9th August), and describes the posters as a "tribute to phenomenal African women". She adds: "The statement it seeks to make, is that our young girls can and should find inspiration…Continue
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Stacy Barthe can sing, and she most definitely has a way with words. The dynamic singer-songwriter has written hit tracks for a myriad of pop’s elite. She’s collaborated with music veterans like John Legend, Common, and Frank Ocean, most recently teaming with the former stars on her latest album “BEcoming.” On “BEcoming,” an organic collection of tracks, we get a first-hand look into the singer’s most inner workings, where listeners weave through a complicated maze of…Continue
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It's the rare instrumental beat tape that stands on its own. But with its mix of hip-hop, highlife, and Afrobeat, Montreal-based Gabonese producer Engone Endong creates an engaging and unique sonic universe. Most tracks run under 2 minutes, with mvett loops and 70's breaks doing battle with ultra-deep synth basslines and beats. The jagged cut loops and soundscapes keep his futurist-leanings grounded. “Atarega,” “Mvõn,” and “Aton Oyane” especially make killer use of…Continue
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When you refer to Caribbean music, on the one hand you have the guardians of the temple who perpetuate the tradition by remaining faithful to the eldests’ heritage, and on the other hand there are the explorers. They feel a great desire to mix the musical sounds they produce with new trends. Sébastien Drumeaux belongs to the second category of musicians. Indeed, he often uses the expression "cross over"to qualify his music. On his first EP, 'Fòs é Lanmou' (“Strengh…Continue
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Meet Derrick "DJ" Townsel, the "RastaYogi" who (with his amazing photos and videos) has become one of the most popular yoga practitioners on Instagram - inspiring many, particularly men and people of color, to take up yoga and embrace healthier lifestyles. Townsel, a former professional footballer who played for the Houston Texans, began yoga as a way to make stretching a part of his workout regimen and is now a yoga teacher helping others to improve their physical…Continue
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Check out the soulful new mix from Ms. Erykah Badu, entitled 'Feel Better World!.... Love, Ms. Badu'. The singer aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown shared the mix via her Mixcloud page, with the following words: "All over the globe...keep walking tall brothers and sisters. Someday we will all be free. The world is in need of healing. I carefully and lovingly selected high frequency tones for the soul.... Please listen from top to bottom. Love, Ms. Badu". The mix features…Continue
We try to cover the absolute latest in music, but sometimes something comes your way that you just can't believe you missed when it came out in the first place. I cannot in good conscience sit on The Anti-Job's 2013 release You're Not Real.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor
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Listen to 'Stars', the new single from London soulstress Connie Constance. The experimental release was produced by her mentor and on-going collaborator electro-musician Blue Daisy; and it features on her forthcoming EP, 'In The Grass'. Her camp state that the 20-year-old wants to create "music for her generation that breathes escapism from the cuts and bruises of young British life, penning lyrics on buses and trains." They add: "Her poetic words capture snapshots of…Continue
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Drawing her inspiration from the visual intensity of Haiti, Christina Clodomir-Makeda instills within her paintings the abstractness of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her work captures the vibrancy of life, as well as the feelings and emotions of the brilliant wonder that nature is.
By Debbie Jonas, Afropunk Contributor…Continue
Soul Understated is far from understated on their On The Shoulders of Giants EP. From the deep pocket grooves of “Honey Glaze” to the neo-soul jam “Follow Your Mind” to that stunning go go riff of “Go Go Party,” singer / songwriter Mavis 'SWAN' Poole and drummer / bandleader Jeremy 'BEAN' Clemons pay tribute to the eras and permutations of funk and soul music. The band delivers with a steaming horn section, always quick with a stab and accent. Their…Continue
Prince has announced that he'll be releasing his 34th album by the end of the year - 'The Hit & Run Album'. The new album will feature the track 'Hardrocklover', which he shared earlier this month, and will follow his 2014 albums 'Art Official Age' and 'Plectrumelectrum'…Continue
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My name's Debbi Paul, aka “D. Mathieu” (my artist name). I'm a Montreal based visual artist, specializing in comics. I started doing art on a professional level in 2011: I was selling acrylic and aquarelle paintings in addition to starting an online blog about comics. Between that time and today, I've tried three times to go back to college to be either a 2D animator or a fashion designer. For some reason, I didn't think being a cartoonist would've…Continue
Today we're premiering the soulful debut EP from London based singer and guitarist Sample Answer. The Irish musician tells us: "Today is the release of my debut EP. I remember first walkin into The Diary Studios, Brixton...I had a broken guitar and holes in me pockets. I said "I'd like 2 record here". I never knew that from doing that, I'd end up creating something I feel so proud about, something 4 the world. My representation." Get into it…Continue
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If any year needed some new Public Enemy, it was 2015. The band's legendary mix of socio-political commentary, wry humor, and hyper-layered production has made them the rare hip-hop group that's been able to transcend and lead every era of the movement. Public Enemy has always stood alone, but increasingly every major hip-hop record has some Public Enemy DNA. So in a year where their radical call to arms and bombastic sound is suddenly dominating the…Continue
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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Listen to 'Love The Absue' the new single from Philadelphia based rockers Johnny Popcorn - the rock group made up of Hezekiah (emcee/producer/singer), Tone Whitfield (producer/bassist ), and singer Jani Coral. With their soulful new release, the group - who collectively have worked with the likes of Bilal, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and Zap Mama - touch on abusive and toxic relationships. Check it out below.
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A few months ago we wrote about upcoming feature length documentary, 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution', and today we're premiering the first official poster for its long-awaited theatrical release (designed by Sawyer Studios). The film, by acclaimed documentarian Stanley Nelson, chronicles the rise and fall of The Black Panther Party through the use of rare archival footage - with the voices of the people who were there (police, FBI informants,…Continue
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