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FEATURE: Photographer Bruno Gomes captures the beautiful diversity of Afro-Brazilian women in 'AFROnte'

Bruno Gomes is Brazilian photographer you may recognize, who frequently shoots editorials featuring local Afro-Brazilian women. In this his most recent series, 'AFROnte' Gomes captures an even wider range of skin tones and hair textures, while showing off his model’s personal styles and…

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NEW MUSIC: D.C.-based indie-rock 'n' soul band The CooLots mistake chemistry for love in "Chemical"

The CooLots are an indie-rock ‘n’ soul band from D.C. Their latest release"“Chemical" is a song about star-crossed lovers who are (surprise!) not on the same page when it comes down to putting a label their deep connection. A strong chemical connection can sink it’s teeth into those who share in it, but is it ever really enough to create love and longevity? "How could we let them in? How could we let them win? Our love was a chemical romance." What could go wrong? Listen to…

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FEATURE: Check out this short series by Rio de Janeiro-based photographer Bruno S. Silva starring model Weyder Fidélis

Bruno S. Silva an storyteller whose main medium is photography. Silva, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, prides his work on being able to convey emotions to tell a bigger story. "I am a photographer, but I'd rather be called a storyteller, I am a photographer of moments , record what truly my clients are feeling," Silva writes on Facebook.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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FEATURE: Tempe, Arizona-based editorial photographer Deanna Reid brings out the "Primal Beauty" of Jenae Muhammad

Deanna Reid is a fashion editorial and food photographer and self-described “country girl” who is based in Tempe, Arizona. Reid shoots fashion and food editorial with a whimsical flare that pulls warmth and familiarity from her subjects: inanimate and otherwise. Her short series, “Primal Beauty”, features model Jenae Muhammad, who appears quite animalistic, adorned in animal feathers, is perched as if ready to pounce. Check out the collaboration down below.…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Reggae-folk fusion band SayReal releases video for visionary single "Frederick's Song (Freedom)"

SayReal is a reggae-folk fusion band, fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Naia Kete, that's based in L.A. where they make soulful rock music for the revolutionary soul. Today, we’re premiering the video for their single "Frederick's Song (Freedom)", a visionary’s anthem co-written by academic Richard Fink and based on the life, message, and teachings…

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OP-ED: This Black Girl's Recovery Guide to Mental Illness

Some of us utilize different vices to overcome the feelings of loneliness and hopelessness that comes from depression. I'd like to share a few of mine and how some of them helped me and how some of them did not. I wanted to share this small project to show that recovery comes in many different forms and that you are not alone in your journey to recovery.



I am a black woman and I have Bi-Polar II disorder. Over the last several years I have experimented with…

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Added by Robust on April 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Listen to new music from Comorian island rocker M'toro Chamou’s "Punk Islands"

M'toro Chamou is an artist/writer/performer/composer from the island of Mayotte—an overseas department of France that lies within the Indian Ocean. Throughout it’s history, the island has been the subject of controversial ownership, as many believe the island belongs to The Comoros, despite being occupied by French law and influence and a military base. This struggle against western colonizing forces is the a prominent theme in M'toro's music. Through his lyrics,…

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Added by Sound Check on April 1, 2016 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Barli's “Insignificunts” Is a Middle Finger And a Smile With a Dope Beat #SoundCheck

“I love my body when it's healthy and affording me pleasure” Barli sings over washed-out piano in one of the best declarations of self-love ever committed to tape, before bemoaning the “insigificunts wearing me down.” It's a middle finger and a smile of a track with a dope beat and some original and expansive arrangement. Definitely get on this.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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FEATURE: Check out this short & sweet nature-set series by Brazilian photographer Luã Lima

Check out this short & sweet series by Salvador, Brazil-based photographer Luã Lima. Set in the tropical landscape of coastal Brazil, models Dandhy Braza and Naiara Arcuri, dressed in bright floral prints and patterns, co-exist amongst the sand and the trees. See the series down below!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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FEATURE: Check out London-based editorial photographer and filmmaker Seye Isikalu

Seye Isikalu is a very talented filmmaker and photographer who is based in London. His keen sense of color and light are evident in his work in both mediums, where he brilliant captures and balances a diverse color palette…

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Calma Carmona drops “Sin Final (Remix)” video feat. Mike Towers

We’re starting the morning off right with a premiere of Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Calma Carmona’s “Sin Final (Remix)” ft. Mike Towers. Once again, Carmona finds herself singing outside, her naturalistic mystic becoming a bit of a trademark with Calma as a wise sage dolling out…

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FEATURE: Brooklyn’s teen metal collective Unlocking The Truth announces release date for debut EP

The Brooklyn-based teen metal collective (and AFROPUNK Fest alums) Unlocking The Truth has announced the planned release of their first full-length album “Chaos”. Scheduled to come out on June 17 thanks to distributor Tunecore. Megadeath/Pop Evil/Disturbed music producer, Johnny K will be producing the debut as well. "We can't wait for everyone to hear our album. We've worked very hard to give the fans something they'll love and never forget. We hope they are able to relate…

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Added by Sound Check on March 31, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Edmonton-based R&B/Rock/Soul singer Karimah sits down with Brnesh Berhe, AFROPUNK contributor

It’s been just over 10 years since Ashanti Marshall started playing shows in halls and cafes in and around her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. At 18 she co-founded the rock band, Noisy Colours, and began to really find her bearings in the otherwise very male dominated – and often very white – indie and punk scenes.



After selling out her final show with her former band – who grew to become favourites in clubs around Edmonton – Marshall has gone solo once more. Now…

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FEATURE: Photographer Wagner Alvz expresses message of queer black youth acceptance in series “Le Twins”

In his photo series “Le Twins” Brazilian photographer Wagner Alvz captures the wicked aesthetic of models Slim Soledad and Mateos Vilarrue. Inspired by the violent and phobic rhetoric towards and misunderstanding of queer black identities, Alvz uses the series as a means of empower through representation and the promotion of acceptance and love. Soledad and…

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FEATURE: Check out the impressive editorial and beauty photography of Toronto-based Wade Hudson

Wade Hudson is a super-talented photographer who was born and raised in Jamaica and now resides in Toronto. The artist shoots seemingly effortless beauty and editorial photography, causing his work to appear both glamorous and somehow accessible. Hudson has a pretty impressive client list which includes Def Jam Islands Recordings, New Balance, The Body Shop, Samsung, and more. Check out some of our favorite photos down below and catch him on Instagram.…



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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Listen to Memphis singer Apollo Mighty’s passionate new release "Happiness (Priorities)"

"Happiness (Priorities)" is the passionate new R&B track from Memphis singer Apollo Mighty. The single is a declaration of dedication, a pledge of allegiance if you will, to an unseen entity; which makes the track all the more relatable. Apollo’s voice is the real stand-out, as his rich tonality and impressive range soars over the dramatic and swelling melody. "'Happiness (Priorities)', is about evaluating life choices and deciding where to place your focus. For…

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FEATURE: Musician/activist Mykki Blanco goes in on the Gay Establishment’s exclusion of gay black men

After Sony songwriter Jesse Saint John tweeted an observation about the inclusivity (or lack thereof) of POC within the public and private gay community, musician and activist Mykki Blanco fired off a series of tweets (and is sill going at it) under #GayMediaSoWhite about tokenism and white supremacy. Similar to the ways in…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 30, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Art Hoe Collective celebrates writer Helen Oyeyemi & favorite new art pieces for Women’s History Month

“I sometimes get asked: "How come the men in your stories don't have such strong characters?" And I'm like: "I don't care." I just want to find out about all the different lives a woman can live” - Helen Oyeyemi



As International Women’s Month comes to a close, the struggle as an African American woman to find yourself represented in art and literature in a way that doesn’t cater to the age old tropes remains. It is hard to see ourselves forced into the…

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FEATURE: Check out the natural hair textured lovelies featured by Brazilian photographer Chico Ramalho

Check out the natural (and vibrantly colored) hair textured lovelies featured by Chico Ramalho, a Brazilian editorial and lifestyle photographer. Ramalho often place his ‘natural’ models in scenic environments, juxtaposing human beauty against the beauty of the natural world. You can follow him and is work on Facebook and…

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk x Nat Turner release instrumental "The Knock"

"The Knock" is a contemporary jazz track by Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk and the band Nat Turner. The song is the latest release from the long-time collaborators upcoming project, a live instrumental album called "The Rebellion Sessions", out Apr. 4th. The brief single cuts straight to the point, opening with a pleasant and steady stream of afro-beat-laden jazz rhythms which are adorned with ambiguous and complimentary backing vocals.



"I've been…

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