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FEATURE: "Black And Unarmed Women & Girls Killed By Law Enforcement"

Rolereboot.org published a much needed piece titled "Black And Unarmed: Women And Girls Without Weapons Killed By Law Enforcement". It reminds us that "wWhen we talk about police brutality, we often forget about the women who have been killed by police".

Excerpts: "On January 4, 2008, 26-year-old Tarika Wilson was shot and killed in her home while holding her 1-year-old baby in her arms. The infant was shot as well, but survived the injuries. Her other four children, in the…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2014 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Kimberly Anne's new release, "Almost On My Feet"

Check out the latest release from UK singer Kimberly Anne, titled "Almost On My Feet". The alt pop/folk singer has been making waves since her EP "Hard As Hello" came out earlier in the year. Can't wait to hear her next EP!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on August 19, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Ten Questions with AFROPUNK Fest DJ duo Mista Selecta + Mane Squeeze

It’s often said that opposites attract: think ‘Fresh Prince’ cousins Will and Carlton, homegirls Max and Khadijah, or even hip-hop powerhouses Biggie and Puffy. In art, especially in music and television, the unusual pairing, however dissimilar, often combines to great results. This is undoubtedly the case for Mista Selecta and Mane Squeeze a.k.a The Beard and The Fro. Despite their obvious differences, the DJ duo with hair for days are more alike than one would initially think.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 18, 2014 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: WNBA players Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson are engaged!

Congrats are in order for WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, who announced that they are engaged! In times where same-sex marriage is still illegal in many states, this can be viewed as powerful thing to do for two well-known athletes like them. The Los Angeles Times reports: "WNBA standouts Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "In defense of Black Rage" - Re: Ferguson - via Salon

"In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream". This is the title of a piece by Brittney Cooper published by Salon. 

Excerpts: "I don't support the looting in Ferguson, Missouri. But I'm also tired of "turning the other cheek" and forgiving". (...) "On Saturday a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager on his way to college this week. Brown was shot multiple times, though his hands were in the air.…

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Added by The Establishment on August 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

FASHION: Erykah Badu travels back to the 70s for InStyle Magazine

Check out Erykah Badu's latest editorial for InStyle Magazine's "20th Anniversary" September issue. In the black and white spread, sporting Rick James' signature braids, the singer wears designs from Christian Louboutin, Helmut Lang, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Hervé Léger (images via BROWNSISTA.COM).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "My Boss Asked Me to Straighten My Afro - So I Quit"

TV presenter Arisa Cox explains why she quit when her boss asked her tostraighten her afro, in a piece she recently wrote for The Huffington Post.

Exerpts: "After the three-month probationary period was up, I had a customary performance review with the news executive. And the bomb dropped. "You've worn your hair straight from time to time, we'd like you to wear it straight on the…
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Added by Safety Pins on August 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Uganda's first gay parade since overturning of the country's Anti Homosexuality Act

In a country where men and women are rampantly named and shamed for same sex orientation, where they face frequent harassment and threats of violence, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see the images that have recently surfaced of Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people publicly dancing and laughing on the shores of Lake Victoria - close to the country’s Presidential palace - in what is the country’s first gay parade since the overturning of Uganda's…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

INTRODUCING: Kwamie Liv and her debut EP, "LOST IN THE GIRL"

Kwamie Liv has made a real buzz over on the interweb with a batch of electronica that hearkens to the early days of Lana Del Rey. Evading interviews, the singer has maintained a real air of mystery since she first released the single "5AM" six months ago. Now the singer releases her debut project "LOST IN THE GIRL"; and if this Baby Duka and LHeering produced EP is anything to go by, the buzz is set to continue around this Copenhagen based musician. The EP will be released…

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Added by Sound Check on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PLAYLIST: WOMAN

With names like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lianne La Havas, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, Valerie June, Zoë Kravitz (LOLAWOLF), Asli Omar (The Tontons), Tamar-kali, THEESatisfaction, Alexis Brown (Straight Line Stitch), the 2014 AFROPUNK festival will undoubtedly be one of the best assembly of female musical talent since the days of Lilith Fair.In celebration, AFROPUNK have created a special playlist to celebrate our female lineup. Get into…

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Added by Sound Check on August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream Garage Rock Prodigy Benjamin Booker's Debut Full Length #SoundCheck

Benjamin Booker isn't quite a household name yet. But in just 2 short years, the 22 year old singer-songwriter has opened for Jack White, performed on Letterman, and had his debut record produced by Alabama Shakes producer Andrija Tokic. It's just a matter of time.His self-titled album Benjamin Booker makes a strong case for Booker as the heir apparent to garage rock's throne.



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Added by Sound Check on August 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Featuring Fancy Muffin & MDMFlow to end summer with a bang!

AFROPUNK FEST 2014 is close ya’ll. There is no better way to end summer vacation than with great music, vibes, vendors, food and beautiful people. In anticipation of some fabulous vendors (great vendors last year) I would like to spotlight Fancy Muffin for the AP community. Definitely making a statement, whether a funky vintage piece or hand dyed shirts, or shorts and of course, why not spice it up with some fabulous lipstick by MDMflow?…



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Added by Safety Pins on August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Police brutality continues in Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown

As if murdering unarmed teen Michael Brown wasn't enough, the Ferguson police continues its brutality during the protests that followed the killing: cops are threatening people and protecting businesses. New images by photographer Whitney Curtis for The New York Times are just…

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Added by The Establishment on August 13, 2014 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Phoenix Martins releases new single "Get This"

London electro singer Phoenix Martins has been on the British live circuit for a while now, but with anticipation growing for her upcoming EP, the singer seems to be finally getting the recognition that she and her lofty vocals deserve. Check out her latest release, "Get This".



By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor




When we spoke with Phoenix last (full disclosure: she's a friend of…

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

NEW MUSIC: DeQn Sue Makes The World Safe For “Theatrical” Pop In The 21st Century on 'Zeitgeist.' #SoundCheck

One of the weirder bits of stubbornly persistent fallout from the 90's minimalist rebellion against 80's excess has been the use of the word “theatrical” as an insult. From hip-hop to grunge, there was a sense that stripped down equals honesty (totally forgetting that one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen, was nothing if not theatrical, and that the stripped-down bubblegum pop of the early 60's was about as interchangeable as it gets). Over the past 2 years, we've…

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Added by Sound Check on August 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: FKA Twigs touring the US & Europe this fall

On the heels of releasing her debut album LP1 this week, FKA Twigs announced that she will be touring the US & Europe this fall.

Check out the full schedule below!

LP1 is available here.…


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Added by Sound Check on August 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: British Soulstress Laura Mvula's "Sing To The Moon" gets the orchestral treatment

Last year, with the release of her debut album "Sing to the Moon" (a stunning album that I still continue to listen to over and over again), British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula quickly rose to fame; met with critical acclaim and mentioned throughout the…

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Added by Sound Check on August 12, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Campaign Tackles How The Media Portray Black Victims of Shootings

You can always count on mainstream media to pick and choose what they think are the scariest pictures of you they can find, even if you're the victim of the shooting. Remember how they portrayed Trayvon Martin as a thug, conveniently forgetting to show us regular pictures of him and focusing on his grill, hoodie, weed, etc.? More recently they did the same with Mike Brown, who was …

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Added by The Establishment on August 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK and Thirteen Team Up For Reel 13, Showcasing Indie Filmmakers!

Calling all filmmakers! AFROPUNK and Thirteen WNET New York want you and your shorts. Get shooting and start submitting! If you're in a band and have a great video out you should submit too!



Reel 13, WNET’s weekly online film competition dedicated to the best in short film, is proud to declare October 2014 “AFROPUNK Month.” Filmmakers from the AFROPUNK community are invited to submit their films for consideration, and each of Reel 13’s weekly film contests this…

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Added by AFROPUNK on August 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK's "Afro of the Day" series in collaboration with Pantene

Whitney Richardson is a journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently works as a writer and producer for The New York Times Lens photography blog and was previously the web producer for AFROPUNK.COM. During this year's AFROPUNK Festival, she will be photographing people for AFROPUNK's "Afro of the Day" series in collaboration with Pantene. Check out Whitney's words below, sharing her thoughts on both "Afro of the Day" and…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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