Hello AFROPUNK Community, we are two sisters born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. We are Sequoia (18) and Dakota (20), and we want to be a part of the movement of empowering black people. We launched Brown Sugar Stickers to promote awareness for black pride and positivity. Kinky hair and dark skin have been seen as a negative thing in this country for a long time. We made these stickers to take that negative vibe about black people and turn it into a positive one.…
Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Check out the work of Hassan Hajjaj. The 53-year-old multidisciplinary artist was born in Morocco and moved to London as a teenager. Splitting his time between Morocco and London for the last 15 years, he creates works that bridge the West and North African. Hajjaj designs every aspect of what you see in his images, hiring local tailors and artisans to create what is featured and using friends as subjects. Of his work, earlier this year, The New York Times…Continue
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When I got to Internationalist Books, a small radical infoshop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I found a small room. A few rows of folding chairs were set up. I was on tour and had a show fall through. “Call Elayna Madden,” my friend Greg from Speaker For The Dead told me. “They'll help you figure something out.” Elayna sat quietly on a couch. There were only twelve or so of us in the room that night, but it might as well have been a hundred or none. The 18-year-old singer's…Continue
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'Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)', a solo retrospective of the work of the late photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode opened yesterday in London at Tiwani Contemporary. The exhibition will run till the 1st November. Check out Fani-Kayode's body of work below (NSFW) and get more info on the exhibition HERE.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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I'm sure by now you all have heard of Adrian Peterson's recent child abuse indictment. I've watched a few interviews read his response and the media's take on it. Now the Vikings have barred him from team interactions pending the outcome of the court proceedings. I figured; "I don't have any kids, I don't play in the NFL, I wasn't there and know no details, other than what I've read from other people who basically know…Continue
On last night's 'The Colbert Report' on Comedy Central, AFROPUNK FEST Alum Unlocking the Truth performed 'Monster' from their upcoming EP 'Free As You Wanna Be'. Check out the teenage heavy metal band perform below - plus, their interview with host Stephen Colbert.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…
Check out this new editorial for V Magazine which features British singer-songwriter FKA Twigs as a Sci-fi heroine. The stunning editorial was shot by Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
“Pula, pula, na, na, ke tla gola leng.” The ethereal club banger “My Body” by Kat Kai Kol-Kes and her band Chasing Jakyb is an ode to the physical meeting of human body and rain. Kat is from Botswana, a country made up of 85 percent desert. Unsurprisingly, rain and water take on a mystical quality as a recurring motif and linguistic reference in the nation's culture. In their early years, Batswana children sing songs and play games devoted to the calling of rain, and as…Continue
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Kelis has teamed up with British DJ/producer Breach for his new track, 'The Key'. Breach takes Kelis' chilled out track, 'Rumble', and gives it a retrohouse vibe, perfect for the dancefloor. Check it out below.
Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Viola Davis is about to star as the lead in new Shoda Rhimes series 'How to Get Away with Murder'; however, in a recent interview with The New York Times, the actress discusses the present hardships for black actresses - despite the personal breakthroughs of herself and other high profile black actresses.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…Continue
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A New Atlanta is emerging. The traditional sounds and musical styles of the past are still relevant, but now the indie kids are making their mark on the industry. Leading the charge are Brittany Bosco, aka Bosco, Raury and Marian Mereba —the latter recently hailed by Ebony Magazine as a “black, fresh & 20 something” that “everyone needs to…Continue
If you caught the OBGM's set at Afropunk Fest this year, then you already know that they're the best purveyors of propulsive dance punk out there right now. For everyone else, well, just listen to their self-titled record. All will be made clear.
Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor
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Alice Walker has revealed a new poem through her personal WEBSITE, which she dedicates to Carl Dix and Cornel West - both of whom have called for a "month of resistance to mass incarceration, police terror, repression and the criminalization of a generation" next month, October. In the poem, titled 'Gather', the writer and activist calls upon the black community to "unite" in the face of…Continue
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Childish Gambino is gearing up for the release of his STN MTN / KAUAI mixtape later this year. He just revealed a rough mix of 'Sober', a funky love/break-up song from the 'KAUAI' part of the mixtape.
Check it out and let us know if you like the direction he's taking with this new track!…
Looking down from the plane at the patches of light winking up at me below, my stomach did backflips – and it wasn’t from the turbulence. In about 20 minutes I’d be landing on a continent that I should call home but seemed far from it. Africa. A city called Lusaka in a country called Zambia to be exact.
This is the city I was born in and swept away from before I could even speak so that my parents could start a new life in England, which came to be my home and all that I…
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Recently PBS premiered the long-awaited Kehinde Wiley documentary, 'An Economy of Truth", and now it is available for streaming HERE. Renowned for his depictions of black men, through a reinterpretation of the Grand Masters, the Jeff Dupre directed documentary follows the artist in 2012 as he set his eyes - for the first time in his career - on the black woman. Scouting…Continue
Cold Specks burst onto the scene with a powerful whisper with I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. 2 years later, Al Spx still makes the kind of music you can't help but get lost in, but adds a bit of bombast for good measure. Her latest record Neuroplasticity fulfills the promise of her term “Doom Soul.”
Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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California King has always been a band of hybrid-genre descriptions. The Brooklyn trio mixes motown soul, garage, and dance in with their indie rock, but on their latest, Sankofa,California King give themselves the freedom to push the boundaries to the point where genres are meaningless. (Weren't they already? Probably.)
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…Continue
Added by Sound Check on September 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Always good to hear from AFROPUNK Fest alums The OBGMs (formerly known as The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores). This time they're back with a 'Torpedo' for all of you rock fans. Bump this while you wait for their upcoming album, whicj hopefully will be available very soon.
If you're in Toronto catch their …