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FEATURE: Harlem, in retrospect - the work of Carl Van Vechten

Explore the work of artistic photographer Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964). After moving to New York in 1906, Vechten (originally from the midwest and White) took a job as a music and dance critic for the New York Times and was instantly drawn to the nightclubs of Harlem - leading to a keen interest in the African American community and later his patronage of the Harlem Renaissance. His…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 30, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Altanta Soul Singer Curtis Harding's Genre Re-defining Debut Album 'Soul Power' #SoundCheck

At this point in the history of soul, it's rare for a record to show up that really shakes things up. Rarer still for it to shake things up by going back to the basics. Calling Curtis Harding's debut record Soul Power would be ostentatious if the album was such a perfect display of the raw power of soul music.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "What About the Grief of Mothers of Slain Daughters?"

Following the fatal shooting of Mike Brown and the concurring events, most are now aware of the failings of the U.S. justice system and its incessant maltreatment of black men. However, this spotlight (in particular the attention of the media) seems to have bypassed black women, countless cases of women murdered by police ignored in media coverage - in case mass media didn't know, …

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Added by The Establishment on January 30, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Bibi Bellatrixx returns with new single, 'Note To Self'

Listen to the new release from rocker Bibi Bellatrixx (the guitarist from UK rock band Queens Of Sheba.), 'Note To Self'. This is her first single since releasing her 'B-Side Part I' EP last year. Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Govales releases his new single, 'Doors To Nowhere'

Listen to the new single from Brooklyn-based artist Govales, 'Doors To Nowhere' - the third release from his forthcoming album, 'Lovetron'. If you've seen the trailer for Spike Lee's new film, 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus', you'll recognise the song (features on the soundtrack). Listen,…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Sly Stone awarded millions in royalties

Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in royalties by a Los Angeles Supreme Court jury. The jury found that the legendary musician had been cheated out of more than a decade's worth of royalties by his former manager and an entertainment lawyer - Gerald Goldstein and Glenn Stone - through dodgy accounting practices. One of Stone's lawyer, Nicholas Hornberger, told the press: "It's a good day for Sly, it's a good day for entertainers in general. This was an important verdict…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Purple Ferdinand releases new single, 'Loving The Hate'

Listen to the new release from AFROPUNK Fest alum Purple Ferdinand. A release that - in her own words - has been a long time coming, and acts as a teaser to the London based musician's upcoming 'Lovebound' EP (due out on February 16th). Regarding the song, Ferdinand told Fader: "'Loving The Hate' is like twisted acceptance; accepting hurtful experiences, words and situations and growing an unnatural love for it". Listen, below. …

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Chicago's House of Whales is Simultaneously One of the Most Exciting Bands in Alt Rock and Hip-hop #SoundCheck

Chicago alternative hip-hop trio House of Whales' debut full length is one of the most exciting new releases in a while. A mix of political commentary, self-doubt, and dark humor, MC Rico Sisney's lyrics are the kind of hyper-dense multi-layered verses that reward multiple listens. But what else would you expect from a band with the rarely see in the wild pun-based name that's actually pretty great? (cue Principal Skinner: we need a name that's witty at first, but that…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FASHION: IAMISIGO Spring/Summer 2015 collection, 'Taboo'

Check out the Spring/Summer 2015 COLLECTION lookbook from Nigerian womenswear label, iamISIGO. The collection, titled 'Taboo', was shown last year at GTBank Lagos Fashion & Design Week and now it has been captured by photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo in this stunning lookbook. Of the…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 28, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Booker releases new vinyl-only live album

Already set to perform at Coachella, Governor's Ball, Primavera Sound Festival, and Bonnaroo, New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker is showing no signs of slowing down. Now the musician has released a new vinyl-only live album via Third Man Records, 'Benjamin Booker: Live At Third Man Records', and a live version of 'Chippewa' from the record is available to stream …

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: A conversation with poet and artist Tasha Jones

“Hello Beautiful.” This phrase was tagged by Writer, Artist, and Model, Tasha Jones when she noticed a group of children discussing who among them was the blackest. She soon discovered that many of these same children did not view themselves in a positive way, so she empowered them by affirming that they were beautiful. If you ever have a chance to see Tasha Jones perform, you will somehow leave feeling that you have the ability to reach your dreams. She…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FILM: AFROPUNK presents 'The Triptych' will appear on public television

Afropunk Triptych

AFROPUNK PRESENTS THE TRIPTYCH TO AIR FEBRUARY 9TH WITH LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION ON EPISODE TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 3RD IN HARLEM. AFROPUNK has announced their participation in the innovative AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Documenting Africa - the paintings of South African artist Loyiso Mkize

Check out the work of South African visual artist Loyiso Mkize. Mkize's paintings (oil on canvas) often explore the nature of the modern African - documenting the changing cultures and environments of the second largest continent, and the emotional landscape of its people. The artist has gained much recognition since his debut solo exhibition in 2011 ('Reflections of Inner Truth'), commissioned to paint both Nelson…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: New Documentary on Nina Simone's complex life opens the Sundance Film Festival

The Liz Garbus' documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' opened the Sundance Film Festival last week, a film that sheds new light on the complex life of Nina Simone. The iconic musician's discography often overshadows her troubled life, and this new documentary seeks to explore and celebrate her complex life. The netflix project is gaining much praise for its no holds barred approach and many see the film as a welcome alternative to the upcoming biopic starring Zoe…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "The world does not aid Africa – Africa aids the world!"

To say "Africa aids the world" would be consider a very grandiose statement; but as UK and African researchers have now discovered, this statement is 100% the truth. This is Africa reports that new research shows how the African continent loses over six times the amount it receives in aid. Check out the video, below; plus, some excerpts from the article.…

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Added by The Establishment on January 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 2 Tracks From Alt Blues Act Adia Victoria #SoundCheck

Nashville based Adia Victoria makes music that evokes the dirt roads, back porches, and 3 am whiskey bottles of rural Tennessee. Dirty guitars, sludgy bass, swamp stomp drums, and Aida's country blues vocals mix for the perfect blend of hauntingly beautiful and mud-caked and real.

By Nathan Leigh. AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Short documentary on Sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp

Watch this short documentary, below, on acclaimed Nigerian born Kalabari Sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp. The Art Begets Spirit film, titled Introducing Sokari Douglas Camp 'All The World Is Now Richer', centers on the history of the knighted artist and her years growing up in Nigeria's Niger Delta…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Rock out to Chaeya & Her Dark Secret's 'Rise'

Listen to the debut release from rock band Chaeya & Her Dark Secrets, 'Rise'. Led by front woman Chaeya, the band are bringing Rock, Power Pop and Funk to the table. 'Rise' was actually supposed to be released in 2011; however after the murder of their bass player, Theron Brison (one of the Professors for Bootsy Collins' Funk University aka Thee Ram Jam), the band took some time out. Now they're back in the studio and ready to…

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Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Konono soul, the music of Angolan singer Jack Nkanga

Listen to the sound of Nkanga Jack Fernando aka Jack Nkanga. The singer-songwriter and producer is known for his signature Konono Soul, travelling the genres of Soul, Funk, Rock 'n Roll, Disco, Blues, and Reggae. Get into his music, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 27, 2015 at 10:04am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer, Dex R. Jones: The Beauty in Black

"Everything that has ever existed has come out of some darkness but we are afraid of the dark and we demonize the word black", says photographer Dex R. Jones who uses his portraits as a message to showcase beauty in its full capacity. And although what he exclaims is truth, according to preconceived notions, the color black is represented as any and everything negatively charged or ugly. This idea curses the divinity that the color black holds making the label, or…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

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