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INTERVIEW: The Legendary Bootsy Collins on Funk, Kaepernick & His Collaboration With Seramic

Arguably the greatest living bass player, Bootsy Collins is funk. After getting his start with James Brown, Bootsy went on to refine and define the sound of funk bass with George Clinton as well as on his own with his Rubber Band. His latest collaboration is with the UK electro-soul act Seramic, which features Bootsy's inimitable vocal cadence. We recently got the chance to ask the great Bootzilla a few questions about the legacy of funk, his hope for the future, and his…

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Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2016 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Locs Is Legal

As if finding a job in corporate America isn’t difficult enough for Black men and women, a federal court has ruled that natural hair is grounds to be discriminated against. A suit was filed on behalf of Chastity Jones, a Black applicant who applied for a customer service representative position at Catastrophe Management Solutions in 2010. Court documents show that Jones was hired but the company rescinded their offer when she refused to cut her dreadlocks. The applicant…

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Added by The Race Card on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

FEATURE: Young Rockers From Johannesburg Form Punk Band, TCIYF

Johannesburg is brewing with the types of protest and energy that makes for a hotbed for alternative Black expression. TCIYF is a product of Soweto, the storied township in Joburg, and their music is chock-full of passion and grit of their surroundings. The band came together out of the Skate Society Soweto fam, a common accompaniment to the sounds and style of the punk aesthetic. Primarily inspired by metal bands like Black Sabbath and Slayer, the sounds are youthful and… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Adomako Aman explores the intersections of black & latino gay American experiences and nightlife culture in new documentary 'Dancing In The Dark'

For decades, one of the only safe spaces for queer Black and Latinx people have been shrouded in the night, humid with the sweat of gyrating bodies, and booming with sounds celebrating the sex from which we came. Nightlife culture, in many ways, owes its livelihood to queer people and in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, reclaiming and celebrating these havens is part of the work of furthering the struggle. Filmmaker Adomako Aman has documented club life in…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

16-year-old Johannesburg-based digital artist Tasia wows with diverse character illustrations

Believe it or not, but Johannesburg-based South African illustrator Tasia is only 16-years-old. A digital portrait artist and visual storyteller in her own right, Tasia creates stunning and diverse digital portraits; many original and custom, and so inspired by fiction, fashion, and history. What I love about Tasia’s work the most is how delicate her renderings appear, as if they’re paintings, and her attention to lighting, which is quite striking. Scroll down to…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 20, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

BOOK: Queer Activist Nia King Releases Queer & Trans Interview Collection

Nia King, queer author and host of the podcast We Want The Airwaves, is releasing a book of interviews with the queer and trans artists we know and many that we should know. According to its description, "...Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, queer fashion with Kiam Marcelo Junio, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, dating gay Latino Republicans with Julio Salgado, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa [...], and…

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Added by Gender Bent on September 20, 2016 at 1:44pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Dead Prez's M1 Crafts The Sound of Revolution With “#APeoplesMovement” #SoundCheck

M1 (of Dead Prez) fame has made a career out of writing songs for the revolution, but never as literally as here. His latest, a collaboration with Jlove Calderón, Sonny Corona, and Kristina Feliciano, is a call to arms against oppression called “#APeoplesMovement.” The track was created for a project produced by Jlove Productions called Sound of Revolution, where they challenge artists to work together to create and record a song on social justice themes in 12 hours. The…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Electronic Soul Artists Alxndr London Wows In New Track "Shuffle"

With his second release of the year, Alxndr London shared “Shuffle” and gives us a vibrant touch of minimal electro-soul bounce. An unexpected tapestry of cerebral vocals, expressive synth-based production and quirky sound effects makes for an impressive release. Not a stranger to accolades, Alxndr London…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

BOOK: Support Author & Illustrator Rashad Malik Davis For New Book Carefree, Like Me! : An Illustrated Children's Adventure

The uplift and affirmation of children of diverse backgrounds is paramount in all times, but especially in times like these. Between police brutality, gender and sexuality discrimination, and lack of mental health resources for Black and Brown youth, it's important that when the opportunity presents itself, that every effort is made to support those who want to support the kids. Rashad Malik Davis, a young illustrator and storyteller, is crowdfunding for his new series…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Lyon-based Togolese afrobeat band Vaudou Game shines light on climate change with funked-out single ‘Revolution’

New music from VAUDOU GAME, a funk-n-soul band from Togo, now based in Lyon. A unique fusion of afrobeats and 70s funk, Vaudou Game’s newest single ‘Revolution’ is an unexpected, energetic groove that pushes well past genre boundaries. Named after and inspired by the West African voodoo (or vodun) culture he grew up in, frontman Peter Solo employs ritualistic themes, particularly as they pertain to the environment.



“’Revolution’ is not about a human revolution…

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Added by Sound Check on September 20, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

FEATURE: Multi-talented creative Queen Dollylama plays Frankenstein to create customized black dolls

Queen Cee aka Queen Dollylama is a multi-talented creative and one of her outlets is doll making. For now, her one-of-a-kind, pint-sized creations are made mainly from pure neemon craft doll bodies and custom painted heads (some of which are Moxie girl and Monster High heads and bodies). Queen Dollylama runs her own Etsy shop for custom orders, too, so if you have something in mind for a gift or just for yourself, check out her shop, right…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2016 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Netflix & Spike Lee Announce "She's Gotta Have It" Series

Nola Darling is back! In Spike Lee’s first joint feature film joint, the directing veteran joins indie titan Netflix in a contemporary update to his debut film, “She’s Gotta Have It.” Now, over 30 years since its release, Nola Darling, Mars Blackmon, and company will grace our computer screens once more in a 10-episode series. Although the original film was Spike Lee’s brainchild, it is apparently his wife Tonya Lewis Lee who is to be credited for bringing the series idea…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Is substance abuse lyrics in hip hop culture really a cover up for depression?

In today's hip hop culture we hear a lot about drug use. You won't be surprised to hear lyrics about someone sipping on lean or taking molly, Xanax, or even cocaine to stay high all the time. Have you ever wondered why some hip-hop songs with drug influenced lyrics are so popular? Or, why do so many people in this younger generation relate and do many drugs themselves?



One of my favorite hip-hop songs to date "03 Adolescence" by J. Cole has a verse that really…

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Added by Robust on September 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Rock & Roll Band The Tulips Are #BlackGirlMagic

Atlanta-based fusion indie rock band The Tulips is bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their tunes. When they're not back rapper Diamond, they're making waves in Atlanta's vibrant indie music scene. In the video below, they open up a Paperboy Studios set with an edgy, intensified cover of Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Their own biography states, “The Tulips is an all girl fusion rock band that came together to represent for chocolate women. The Tulips bring energy and…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Texas-based alternative R&B singer Mélat drops hypnotic new single, ‘No Bad News’

Texas-based alternative R&B singer Mélat drops hypnotic new single, ‘No Bad News’—a collaborative effort with producer The SEVENth of AGO music. A melodic, club-ready track, ‘No Bad News’ was inspired by endless nights of carefree fun: “The lyrics were inspired by the many nights I spent out, dancing with my friends (and new friends;) ) till the 7 or 8am but how lately everyone is busy doing life with not much time for carefree fun. The SEVENth was able to capture that…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Danny Brown Drops Monster Track "Really Doe" With Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul & Earl Sweatshirt

After Danny Brown’s hiatus of almost 3 years, he’s back with some undeniable heat. Joined by his peers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt, “Really Doe” is the perfect comeback track. If this song is any indication as to how the rest of the upcoming album, then it’s sure to be a strong return for every rocker’s favorite rapper. “Really Doe” is available for streaming below and Atrocity Exhibition will be available for purchase and streaming on September…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Lafa Taylor & Aabo's single "Turn My Music Up" gets new life with Singularis remix

Lafa Taylor & Aabo are premiering the remix to their lead single "Turn My Music Up" with us today, from their collaborative album, "FEEL." Soulection's Singularis did them the honor of adding a good bit of bounce to the already groovy production. The Netherlands producer is known best for his ethereal soundscapes, so it's wonderful to hear Singulairis moving in such a lively direction. The combination of these three artists makes for the perfect track to give you the…

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Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

(H)afrocentric: The Comic - Kwame Toes The Line of Wokeness

Written by Smith with art by Ronald Nelson, (H)afrocentric is the on-going series follows radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper. In this particular strip, we see Kwame, a student of numerology, Kemetic history and supreme mathematics, balancing the "woke" qualities he purports and the mainstream tendencies of the times. While he breaks down toxic masculine stereotypes by stating that he's secure enough to cuddle, he explains that his mixtape is available and the…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Legendary indie fashion brand XULY.Bët took NY Fashion week by storm with traditional wax-printed fabrics and head wraps

This past Wednesday, legendary indie fashion label Xuly Bët showed their Summer/Spring 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear collection, made by Malian fashion designer Lamine Badian Kouyaté, was created with traditional wax-printed fabrics, head wraps, and more. The brightly colored collection mixed denim jackets with chunky platforms, athletic two-piece sets, jumpsuits, mixed patterns and more. Very cool collection, check it out below.…

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Added by Safety Pins on September 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

South African photographer Tsoku Maela explores ancestral spirituality in 'Barongwa: I Am That I Am' exhibition

'Barongwa: I Am That I Am' is an upcoming exhibition by photographer Tsoku Maela's at Cape Town’s 99 Loop gallery. After an undiagnosable illness landed him in the hospital in 2014, Maela sought the healing power of traditional Sepedi culture where ancestral worship is still apart of contemporary life. “My guardian angels made their…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 16, 2016 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

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