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FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in Minneapolis

'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: SBTRKT releases new single "New Dorp, New York" and announces sophmore studio album

The masked London dance producer SBTRKT has announced the release of his sophomore album Wonder Where We Land, and we now have the first single "New Dorp, New York". Although the producer released an experimental EP "Transitions" a few months ago, many have been waiting impatiently for his next studio album and follow up to the self titled debut album of 2011. If "New Dorp, New York" is anything to go by, the wait was…

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Georgia Anne Muldrow takes us to space with "Crossroads"

As one fan put it, this single is "outta space fonk", and Georgia Anne Muldrow is indeed back with that batch of intergalacticness and synth treatment which we've come to crave from her. Get into this certified jam.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - How Black Ownership & Public Transit Boycotts Led to Civil Rights Success

The decision of “separate but equal” from the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson reversed the small progress that was made combating racism after the Civil War. The decision would trigger three distinct waves of boycotts by black American against racial discrimination. It also marked a dramatic surge of black entrepreneurship in the transportation field.



By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *…

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Added by The Establishment on July 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sinkane (ex-Yeasayer) Reveals 2 New Tracks From His Forthcoming Solo Record #SoundCheck

For anyone familiar with Yeasayer's retrofuture grooves, new music from former member Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) is always cause for celebration. The new singles from his forthcoming record Mean Love give even more reason to be excited.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 23, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury brings that Southern Soul with new single 'Cigarette Song'

'Cigarette Song' is the new single from Atlanta native Raury. The musician who only recently graduated from high school has been creating a stir with his blend of acoustic Southern soul. If you’ve heard ‘God’s Whisper’, you’ll understand that the praise is definitely warranted.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Shabazz Palaces Gets Trippy With Third Album ' Lese Majesty'.

MC/Producer Ishmael Butler has returned under pseudonym Shabazz Palaces with third album ‘Lese Majesty’ and like his two previous offerings, Butler is still focused on musical exploration as opposed to commercial success previously encountered.…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: BLXPLTN want to start fires with new single

Punk band BLXPLTN who are currently working on their debut album, Black Cop Down have released new single “Start Fires” (and no, its not an anthem for arsonists). 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Positive Revolution from Freetown - Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars

Reuben Koroma, leader of the mighty Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars band, had been performing music in Freetown before the bloody 11 year civil war left an estimated 50,000 dead in the small West African nation. Countless more were mutilated, raped and murdered by ruthless rebel forces, notorious for enlisting child soldiers and securing funds through the trade of blood diamonds. Along with his wife Afua, Reuben fled his homeland to neighboring Guinea, where they began 8 long…

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Added by Sound Check on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: An interview with designer Jesse Frimpong of STREETCHIEF

Meet Ghana born, Toronto based designer, Jesse Frimpong, the young innovator and creative mind behind STREETCHIEF. Jesse has transformed his inspirations—“merging” his Ghanaian roots with the urban flare of the western world, a merging of his past and present locations.

STREETCHIEF was born out of Jesse’s desire to in a sense convey a person…

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Added by Safety Pins on July 22, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Weeknd Takes No Prisoners With New Single 'King of the Fall'

Vocalist Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd returns with new single ‘King of the Fall’, and from the get go, he takes no prisoners with his offering of lecherous ALT R&B.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Boihood: The Little Known World of Brown, Queer Masculinity, and the Book that Can Change that

Masculine of center, queer people of color; now is your time! Collective bklyn boihood will be curating “Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity,“ an anthology highlighting the voices of masculine-of-center and/or trans* men of color, to be released by Magnus Books in print and as an e-book by mid 2015. bklyn boihood is currently accepting submissions of essays, interviews, fiction/non fiction, and literary work of all kinds. No need to be a writer. Simply submit your work by…

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Added by Gender Bent on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Why are people of color underrepresented in Yoga? A mixed yogini’s journey to the practice

I recently came across a post on this fine blog entitled 'Yoga IS for black women. We’re just not showing up', and I thought, “How very true!” As a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga, I am well aware of the underrepresentation of people of color in yoga. And much like Larissa Postell, the author of the post, I too, am familiar with being the only brown-skinned-afro-puffy-yogini…

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Added by Robust on July 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: DONCHRISTIAN's 'Renzo Piano' is Spaced Out Hip-Hop and Soul at its Best. #SoundCheck

This is spaced out hip-hop and soul at its best. Once again, I'm in a hospital waiting for X-rays. My left lung may or may not be collapsed. Tramadol is distorting my perception of things. And I can think of no better soundtrack than DONCHRISTIAN's latest LP Renzo Piano.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Greg Grease Mixes Social Commentary with Killer Production on 'Really Tho' #SoundCheck

It's not enough to just say “damn.” And leave it at that. That cuts against my journalistic integrity (as flimsy as that may be). But on first listen to this new single from Greg Grease, ‘Really Tho’, that's all I've got. Damn.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on July 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Pre-Order Unlocking The Truth's Debut EP

AFROPUNK Festival performers Unlocking The Truth's debut EP is available for pre-order! The boys are doing a Pledge Music campaign with special rewards for contributors. If you'd like to support these young Black rockers AND get some great merch, signed CDs, etc., click …

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Added by Sound Check on July 18, 2014 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The New Captain America Is Black

Marvel seems to continue their effort to promote diversity in their characters. After announcing that Prodigy is bisexual and that Thor will be a woman, they've announced that Captain America will now be a Black man.

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Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Millsted's 'Harlem' Is One Of The Most Creative Punk Rock Records In Years. #SoundCheck

THIS is what music is supposed to sound like. I've been psyched about the new Millsted record since getting a sneak peak at tracks “Coyote” and “Benghazi,” but the full length is here and it is a thing of glory. Harlem is the album we need right now.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Added by Sound Check on July 18, 2014 at 3:34pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Tamara Renée - 'The Moon Goddess' Video

Today we're premiering the new video from artist Tamara Renée!

"Tamara Renée presents you 'The Moon Goddess', a mystical, dark, and sensual video shot in Harlem, NYC. 'The Moon Goddess' is an ode to the witches, wild women, and hood priestesses of our earth. The video seamlessly integrates archival footage of women throughout the african diaspora with intense, regal shots of Tamara Renée and her fellow Goddesses. Tamara Renée is celebrating the power of the female energy…

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Added by Sound Check on July 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Vibe Out With UK Artist Rubee Rayne

The “New Wave R&B” has taken over 2014. Some call it experimental, others say ambient. Slow, melodic vibes that you just kick back and ride the wave with (makes sense right?). Artists such as SZA, Jhene Aiko, and The Weeknd fall into this genre. Artists across the waters have also found their way down this rabbit hole. UK-based artists FKA Twigs and Rainy Milo brought their vibes to the dreamy style and now we can also include the sultry voice of Rubee Rayne.…



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