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PHOTO ESSAY: Marcha da Consciência Negra São Paulo 2015 - São Paulo’s Black Consciousness March

Black Pride, Black Love, Black Consciousness. Afro-Brazilians are standing strong and made the world notice at the 'Marcha da Consciência Negra' in São Paulo over the weekend (November 20).

Local collective AfroGuerrilha is sharing this photo essay with us. Pictures taken by photographer Vinicius Gomes.

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Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Restored James Baldwin documentary timely as ever"

1989 documentary 'James Baldwin: The Price Of The Ticket' has been digitally restored and was recently shown in Chacago. Nina Metz of Chicago Tribune reports: "Originally conceived as a cinema verite project, the filmmakers were to follow Baldwin as he worked on his next book.…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Super dapper suits by designer Braima Sori Ba's BSB Hamburg Fashion

Designer Braima Sori Ba was born in Guinea Bissau and raised in Portugal. No wonder his indie clothing line BSB Hamburg Fashion blends African and Western styles.

"An expression to overcome cultural barriers and norms" as he puts it. "For the last 25 years i lived in Hamburg – Germany –, where I started my own fashion label BSB. My store is located in Hamburg’s young,…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 23, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Brazilian Psychedelic Quartet Boogarins' Latest Is a Beautiful Tangle of Melody and Noise #SoundCheck

Dinho Almeida and Benke Ferraz have been making music together since childhood, so it's no wonder Boogarins' latest full length Manual ou Guia Livre de Dissolução dos Sonhos (aka Manual) has a lived in chemistry at its heart. While the psychedelic record has no shortage of spaced-out jams and effects-laden solos, what makes Manual special is the interplay between the quartet.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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FEATURE: 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - The Latest Photo Series From Guadeloupean Filmmaker & Photographer Damien Jélaine

Check out the latest photo series from Guadeloupean photographer and filmmaker Damien Jélaine, entitled 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - a series that centers on three dancers (Joy Mass, Ablaye Dadinio Jhones, and Brandon Miel Masele). Jélaine tells us: This is my very last work before…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Threats against Black students at Howard University and Kean University (following the threats at Mizzou)

Following the threats at Mizzou, white supremacist terrorism is now rearing its ugly head at two other universities: Howard and Kean. …

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FEATURE: The 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' Project, By Brazilian Photographer Luiz H. Ferreira

Take a look at the 'Realeza Negra (Black Royalty)' project, the latest photo series from Brazilian photographer Luiz H. Ferreira - a photographer (based in Brasília, the capital of Brazil) who is bringing visibility to black culture in…

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OP-ED: A Thank You Letter To Missy Elliot

My first real dose of hip-hop that I can remember was at age 4. I was sitting in the back seat of my mom’s ’97 Honda Civic, and “Supa Dupa Fly” by Missy Elliott came blaring through the speakers. I heard the strange, slow lyrics drip onto the soulful chorus and slide into a beat that was toxic…

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Added by Sound Check on November 20, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Multi-instrumentalist & Post Millennium Rocker Sananda Maitreya Addresses Civil Injustices In America With Latest Visual - “I Wanna Breathe”

Today we're premiering the new video from rocker Sananda Maitreya, “I Wanna Breathe” - the legendary multi-instrumentalist who released classic songs under the name Terence Trent d'Arby (yes, that's him!). This latest release is a powerful response to the civil injustices plaguing the United States, and appears on…

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FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Harlem Electro-Soul Duo Jazze Belle Release Their Debut Single, 'Jagged Edge'

Listen to 'Jagged Edge', the first single from Jazze Belle - Harlem-based electronic-soul duo comprised of producer/instrumentalist Jett Carter and singer/songwriter Taylor Simone. Their camp states, "With influences such as Flying Lotus, Jill Scott, and Outkast, the two share a sound influenced by jazzy vocals, dark chords, and edgy, hip hop digital production.' Get into Jazze Belle's debut release below, a perfect introduction to…

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NEW MUSIC: British Rapper/Producer Jay Prince Celebrates Self-Love With New Track, 'AfroPhunk' (feat. SiR & Joyce Wrice)

Listen to the new single from British Alt Hip Hop artist Jay Prince, 'AfroPhunk' (feat. SiR & Joyce Wrice). This is the lead track from the 22 year old London rapper/producer's upcoming collection, 'Beautiful Mercy'. Prince says, "'AfroPhunk" represents love. Self love. The whole approach of this song is to spread positivity and really get people to…

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FEATURE: Indie Author Zaji's Speculative Fiction Novel, 'When We Were One'

Check out new Indie book, 'When We Were One' - written by author Zaji. "This story honors women and their relationships. And it honors men and their connection to women," say the book's camp (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents). Describing the plot, they write: "A race of women has lived in relative peace for centuries. But strange forces have come through the ages to…

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FILM: 'Akounak' - The Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain'

Check out a short clip of new feature film, 'Akounak' - a Tuareg/Nigerien remake of 'Purple Rain' set in the city of Agadez, Niger. The clip is courtesy of Dangerous Minds, who describe the film as "a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FASHION: 'Liquid Gold' - Ugandan Model Tricia Akello Glimmers In True Love Magazine

Check out 'Liquid Gold', a new editorial from True Love Magazine featuring Tricia Akello, @akellopatricia (the Ugandan Model based in South Africa). The breathtaking photo…

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FEATURE: The Electric Talent Of Chicagoan Singer-Guitarist Melody Angel

Explore the talent of singer-guitarist Melody Angel. The young musician (born and raised on the south-side of Chicago) is inspired by legendary guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Slash, and began playing the guitar in her mid teens. Her camp state, "She got her 1st guitar from a pawn shop at age 15 and never looked back. After learning a few songs, Melody immediately started going to open mics. By age 16 she had started her first band called, "Melody Angel and the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 19, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

EVENT: Frontline Art Exhibition - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort"

Find below the details for the next installment of the Frontline Art Exhibition (December 4th) - "a visual art, music, film and activism effort" with the aim of "using the ​arts and robust dialogue to highlight police brutality and racism in America," state the exhibition's camp. They add: "With the recent deaths of Sandra Bland, Freddy Gray, Michael Brown Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and more, there is an increased urgency in bringing awareness to the issue of police…

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NEW MUSIC: Experimental LA Music Duo J*DaVeY Share Their New EP, ' #LiteWaitLife'

Following the release of their comeback project, 'POMP', J*DaVeY (aka Jack Davey and Brook D'Leau) have now shared their second EP of the year, entitled '#LiteWaitLife'. Get into the four-track collection below, shared by the experimental LA R&B duo with these words: "The purgatory between struggle and success. Let them eat life." The EP is available to stream for a limited time, and is officially released on January 12th via via…

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Added by Sound Check on November 19, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream Metromara's Gorgeous Blend of Traditional Jazz and Classic Hip-Hop #SoundCheck

With the lyricism of Billie Holiday and a backbone of 90's era Blue Note hip-hop, Amsterdam-based sextet Metromara works overtime to bridge the two worlds. Their singles run the gamut from more traditional jazz ballads to tight grooves, while cuts like the fantastic “Free Fall” float somewhere between both ends. Singer Mara Minjoli's voice has a confident grace and power, nowhere more than on the…

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Added by Sound Check on November 19, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Ndewendeul Studio Portraits By Senegalese Visual Artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay)

Take a look at these stunning portraits from Senegalese visual artist Djibril Drame (aka Gadaay), the Ndewendeul Studio Portraits. For over four years the photographer has captured portraits on the occasion of Eid (known as Tabaski and Korité in Senegal). His camp state: "The "Ndéwèndeul" moves into a neighborhood to allow people,…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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