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FEATURE: Michael Brown's parents interviewed this morning - "How could your conscience be clear?"

The parents of Michael Brown were interviewed this morning on CBS with Gayle King and Charlie Rose. An interview that acts as a direct response to officer Darren Wilson's ABC interview - interviewed after the grand jury failed to indict him for fatally shooting the Ferguson teenager. Watch, below, as Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden frankly states her disbelief at Wilson's version of events - going on to say, "How could your conscience be clear after…

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Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Why we're pissed off' - Ferguson By The Numbers

I woke up as angry as when I'd gone to sleep. I thought about writing an essay about how the lack of indictment merely shows that racism in America is so ingrained that at least 9 citizens of St. Louis County felt like death was a reasonable punishment for shoplifting. But we all know that. We all know why this feels wrong. I thought about dissecting the irony of a right wing which fetishizes the rioting and violent revolution by “patriots” that founded this country…

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Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Signor Benedick The Moor's 'Opus 3 – A Man Atop the Tower' Is The Most Ambitious Hip-Hop Record Of The Year. #SoundCheck

In classical music, an Opus designates a major published work. For Signor Benedick The Moor to call his third album 'Opus 3 – A Man Atop the Tower' could be a pretentious declaration if it weren't so accurate. This is an album so challenging and massive in scope, comparing it to a classical composition is probably the only way to honestly approach it.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

EVENT: New York, unite for Mike Brown! Planned response at Union Square tonight

In light of last night's Darren Wilson Grand Jury announcement, a number of planned responses will be taking place around the United States. For those in New York, there will be an opportunity to voice your collective response tonight. From 7pm,…

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Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Justice has been denied in Ferguson, what next?

Simply put, Michael Brown was denied justice last night - that single right afforded to each citizen of the "United" States (be you black, brown or white). Simply put - a white man killed an unarmed black man, and was given the right to walk free. How loudly…

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Added by The Establishment on November 25, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: 'Bananas About Bananas' - the work of Ricardo Rivera

Bananas have always been both exoticized and eroticized in our popular culture - think Josephine Baker's 'The Banana Dance'; so it's interesting to see the way that New York based fashion photographer Ricardo Rivera incorporates the phallic fruit into a body of work that deals so beautifully with dark skin and the black body. Explore Rivera's…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Sola's dreamy 'Boudoir'

Today we're premieing 'Boudoir', the latest track from alternative soulful singer Sola. The song was produced by Rodney Delva and is from her upcoming EP About A Boy (to be released in February 2015).

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Andre 3000's custom jumpsuits to be exhibited during this year's Art Basel Miami

This year, Andre 3000 and Big Boi made their long-awaited return for Outkast's 2014 reunion tour. Aside from the stellar performances, all talk was centered on Andre 3000's now famous custom jumpsuits - each designed by the musician and conveying a different printed message. Now it's been announced that during this year's Art Basel Miami, all 47 of Andre 3000's jumpsuits will be exhibited by SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) Museum…

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

FILM: Steve McQueen and Harry Belafonte set to join forces for Paul Robeson biopic

Award winning visual artist Steve McQueen, now noted for his directorial achievements in cinema - '12 Years A Slave', 'Shame' - has now announced that he will collaborate with Harry Belafonte to produce a film about the late American Singer, actor, and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson. During the announcement, McQueen disclosed that he's wanted to make a Robeson biopic for the past six years; but just didn't have the power to do so.…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Prince Harvey releases 'Sometimes'

Check out 'Sometimes', the new single release from New York artist/rapper Prince Harvey. The single is the lead track from his forthcoming album, 'Phatass. Phatass', and was actually recorded on demo computers at an Apple Store. Check it out, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'African-American Debt Is a New Form of Slavery'

Check out this episode of The Root magazine's 'The Root Live: Bring It to the Table'. In this episode, the panel discuss the topic of finance in regards to the African American community, and go on to address guest Rev. DeForest B. Soaries Jr's statement that 'African-American Debt Is a New Form of Slavery'. WATCH…

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Added by The Establishment on November 21, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: 'Before They Were Hip-Hop Stars'

This has got to be one of the ultimate throwbacks. Have a look at this photographic retrospective that The New York Times published this week, showing us some of the biggest stars of Hip Hop before they experienced the fame and glory. There are definitely some notable faces missing from the selection though - Who would you like to have seen? Check out some of the photographs, below; and to see more, CLICK HERE.…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Nikki Jean releases her "Champagne Water' EP

After featuring on rapper Lupe Fiasco's 'Haile Selassie' earlier in the year, Nikki Jean now presents a solo offering 'Champagne Water'. The downtempo six-track EP is the perfect showcase of the singer-songwriter - who broke out in 2011 with her concept album 'Pennies in a Jar'. Enjoy the Minnesota native's EP, below; available to download for free.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: TV On The Radio returns with massive album, 'Seeds' #SoundCheck

The 3 years since TV on the Radio's last record, 2011's Nine Types of Light have seen the band go through a lot of changes. Most notable was the loss of longtime bassist Gerard Smith, who died of cancer shortly after the album's release. The band changed labels, each member has logged serious time in side projects, and keyboard player Dave Sitek emerged as a major producer, his generation's response to Brian Eno. So while these changes are clearly reflected in the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 1:07pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Calling all producers! Azealia Banks has announced a $10,000 remix contest

In partnership with Soundcloud, BitTorrent, and MTV, Azealia Banks has announced a new remix contest which could see a lucky music producer become $10,000 richer. With a deadline of December 15th, Banks wants to hear the best remixes of her new single, 'Chasing Time' - from long-awaited debut album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste'. For more info, CLICK HERE; and…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Flying Lotus and DOOM team up for 'Masquatch'

Check out 'Masquatch', a new collaborative effort from Flying Lotus and DOOM. The track features on the new 'Grand Theft Auto V' edition - which has 162 new songs, played across the game's 17 radio stations. One of those stations being Flying Lotus' FlyLo FM. Listen to the track, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor …

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Claire Reneé x Bagir-Ba - 'Breaking Codes': An EP for Lovers.

Soul/jazz singer-songwriter Claire Reneé pairs up with first-class producer and fellow New Yorker Bagir-Ba for the new, 5 track EP, Breaking Codes.

When listening to Breaking Codes, Claire Renée’s classically trained ear is evident. The EP is a remarkably fluid listen. From the boldly, futuristic sounding intro laced with breathy vocals to the dangerously delightful “Lickable” and eventually rounding off with the drum-led “Telepath”, there is nothing…

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Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Ferguson - Day 103

Winter hit Ferguson hard. “You should have been here last week,” one woman told me. “There were a lot more people out. I guess it's just the cold.” She gave me a pair of gloves. 

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

During the day, journalists walk the streets shooting B roll and lead-ins. The QuikTrip near where Mike Brown was…

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Added by The Establishment on November 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Designer Spotlight: Baruti Libre of Libre Brand - Freedom of Flyness

Meet designer, entrepreneur, and scholar, Baruti Libre (pictured above) of Libre Brand: Freedom of Flyness.  I was fortunate to speak over the phone with the warm spirited, humble, inspiring, and extremely insightful Baruti, discussing not only the vision behind his brand, but the importance of cultural awareness, liberation and much more!  Libre Brand is about instilling this sense of confidence in customers and further, a brand that caters to kings and…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA's Funky and Soulful 'Sobriety'

Otherworldly singer and AFROPUNK Fest alum SZA enlisted five producers (Chris Calor, Cody, Thundercat, LoveDragon and Sounwave) for her new track 'Sobriety'. The song is a hopeful take on the challenges of addiction, set to a funky and soulful beat.…



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Added by Sound Check on November 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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