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FEATURE: Writing While Latina

A few months ago, I sat on the cold marbled floor of the Brooklyn Public Library as Junot Diaz read excerpts from This Is How You Lose Her. This by no means was the first time I had travelled to hear him speak, and as a young Dominicana trying to write herself into…


Added by Eye Candy on September 26, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Trp and Dos Global release 'Spun'

Check out The TRP and Dos Global (aka Michael Tousana)'s new track 'Spun'. Before, the track could only be heard via DJ Kitty Cash's mix, 'Love The Free Vol. II'; but now the duo have posted the track on HYPETRAK SoundCloud for…


Added by Sound Check on September 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lolawolf release new single, 'AYO'

AFROPUNK FEST alum Lolawolf have shared their new single 'AYO'. The single is from the band's upcoming album 'Calm Down', which is set for release at the end of next month. Check out 'AYO' below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Dallas Austin joins forces with songwriter Naz Tokio to create Follow the Nomad

Check out musical duo, Follow the Nomad. The pairing consists of noted songwriter, record producer, and musician, Dallas Austin, and singer-songwriter Naz Tokio. Austin - who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Fishbone - has been a long time friend and writing partner of Tokio, and it shows in their sound. The duo has released two tracks so far, 'Little Ones' and 'Beat and Path', and are set to release a full length album in early 2015 and…


Added by Sound Check on September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Theophilus London's 'Do Girls'

Theophilus London is set to make a big return next month with the release of his his sophomore album, 'Vibes', on October 27th - which was executively produced by Kanye West. Now the rapper has shared the first track off the album, 'Do Girls'. Listen below.…


Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Raury's 'God's Whisper' gets the remix treatment from Flosstradamus and Aryay

Check out this remix of 18 year old rapper/singer Raury's song "God's Whisper", courtesy of Chicago based DJs Flosstradamus and Aryay. 'God's Whisper' was the Atlanta native's debut release, and lead single from his debut album, "Indigo Child".

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: AFROPUNK Fest 2014 Alum Kandace Springs' Debut EP #SoundCheck

Most of the time, when an artist gets this much buzz without having even released a proper record, it's all hype. But as anyone who saw her electrifying set at AFROPUNK Fest 2014 can attest, the attention on Kandance Springs is more than just hype. On her debut self-titled EP, streaming below via Soundcloud, the young singer flexes her vocal chops and proves herself a versatile and vital artist.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Borrow, Beg, and Bleed!: How I Got A Documentary About Black Glam Rock Made

It’s early morning in Hollywood, as the studio execs gear up for their budgetary meetings, double lattes, and lunch at Chateau; I send my morning emails, reaching out to gay owned business’ for sponsorship opportunities; from my East Hollywood studio I send a few texts confirming scheduling for my next video shoot, and prepare to go to work with some of the biggest celebrities in the world. It’s not as glamorous a job as it might sound, coordinating the movements of Hollywood…


Added by Gender Bent on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Idris Elba set to release album inspired by Nelson Mandela

Golden globe winning actor/DJ Idris Elba has curated, written, and produced an album inspired by Nelson Mandela. The British actor portrayed the legend on screen in the acclaimed film, 'Long Walk of Freedom'. The eleven-track album, 'mi Mandela', showcases some of South Africa's undiscovered musical talents whilst featuring several established artists; including contributions from Mr Hudson, Mumford and Sons, Cody ChesnuTT and George The Poet as…


Added by Sound Check on September 24, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "I learned to be Black in America, while still not being 'Black enough' for some"

It was in America that I learned to be black. In the predominantly small white town we moved to in Upstate New York; in the nasty ways young kids behave to other young kids they perceive as different, dangerous. In the way my seventh grade teacher evaded my innocent question of what the word "coon" meant. It was during lunch, with the chaotic buzz of several dozen prepubescent children going on when I approached her and posed my question. Her large, brown eyes looked into mine…


Added by The Race Card on September 24, 2014 at 11:37am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Newlyweeds' co-star Trae Harris set to star in new vampire film, Octavia

'Newlyweeds' co-star Trae Harris is set to star as the title role in poet/filmmaker Dennis Leroy Kangalee's (previously, Dennis Leroy Moore's) latest project, "Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)." The film will also star Militia Vox, and Brian Anthony Wilson.  

"Part poem, rock opera, and “Brechtian” play - this will not be your traditional horror/vampire…

Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: S-X - Free At Last feat. Childish Gambino

Check out this Childish Gambino track from UK producer SX. It was supposed to be released last year and was randomly shared via soundcloud over the weekend. On Saturday, before releasing the track, SX tweeted:

"Fuck it.

I'm leaking a song I was supposed to drop like a year back.

Featuring one of my favourite rappers.

You can have it for free."…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOADS: Unheard Noisettes song surfaces from the vault!

Did you miss UK pop/rock band The Noisettes? We did! Fortunately, two (almost never) heard tracks (two sides to the same song, 'Rifle Song') just surfaced from the Transgressive Records vault. The song is from the recording sessions for their album What's The Time Mr. Wolf (now out of print). Can we hear a "hell yeah"? Rock on!…


Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Grime Artist Afrikan Boy Balances Social Activism and Club Bangers on His Debut 'The AB CD' #SoundCheck

In the 7 years since bursting onto the scene with a guest spot on MIA's “Paper Planes” remix, Afrikan Boy has made a name for himself as one of the leading lights of the UK's grime scene. After 7 years of critical accolades, and an appropriately titled mixtape What Took You So Long?, Afrikan Boy drops his debut record The AB CD. And it was worth the wait.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks Finally Unleashes New Single "Chasing Time"

The wait is finally over, Azealia Banks has now released her new single "Chasing Time". This track reveals a more sensitive side from the Harlem native as she salutes single women across the world. The up-beat tempo song has definitely caught everyone's attention. There is no word yet whether this track is on Banks' oft-delayed Broke With Expensive Taste, an album that seems to be on hold since the rapper announced that she'd cut ties with her record label. Check out the track… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 23, 2014 at 7:27am — No Comments

FEATURE: The "Alternative Dirty South Rock Fusion" of PlanetRAWK

Check out PlanetRAWK, the American alternative electronic rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, described as "Alternative Dirty South Rock Fusion", was started in 2010 by alternative indie artist, Charlie Ahanotu (ex-front man of StereoTALK); and consists of Ahanotu on vocals, MikaH Bahamut on drums, and Ashley Fayt on guitar. Get into their sound below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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

FEATURE: Daily Paper, Spicy Amsterdam-based Fashion Label

Daily Paper, the Amsterdam based menswear label with a recent release of a women’s collection, has the perfect pieces for any wardrobe. Their unique palette, whether a hat, pair of shorts, or tee, are filled with enticing prints, great for the fast approaching fall weather! There is always room to add a few statement pieces to your closet.

Words by Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Safety Pins on September 22, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Visual Artist Melanie “Coco” McCoy Unravels The Mystery of Sankofa & Afrofuturism

When you scroll through Black Twitter or Tumblr you see a lot of young, Black radicals talking about protesting the injustices against our communities and wanting to change the mainstreams ideas pressed on us. However, how many of those “activists” do you really see out in the streets making that wanted change? Visual artist and writer Melanie “Coco” McCoy is regularly amongst the mobs of protesters on and off the computer screen. She stands for Black liberation,…


Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Tell us all about your Nergasms!

Let’s start with an introduction. My name is Taneisha and I’m a gaming, sci-fi, and comic book geek as well as a music lover and bookworm. I’ve been this way since I was young, having gaming and comic books introduced to me by my older brother, whom was always playing a video game or had a comic lying around. In junior high, I was introduced to sci-fi after a friend recommended I read The Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and I fell deeply with the genre. All of this was an…


Added by Eye Candy on September 22, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: denitia and sene's 'side fx.'

Check out AFROPUNK FEST alum denitia & sene's new release, 'side fx.' The song is the title track of the Brooklyn based duo's upcoming EP. The EP wis set for release November 11th via Red Bull Sound Select/Rinse.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on September 22, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

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