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Stream Tuneful TV’s coverage of of AFROPUNK London #TBT



Oh how we miss the AFROPUNK London. So many beautiful Black Europeans getting their lives and it seems like only yesterday that we were vibing hard to Skinny Girl diet, Nova Twins, and the Noisettes. Luckily for us, Tuneful TV covered the festival and got some dope interviews with the attendees, so let’s take a quick journey back in time to feel all that Black love and great vibes again. Stream the videos below!



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Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2016 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Parisian Model Nathanaël KOFFI* stuns in new photo series by photographer Pierrick Patarin

Deep sun-malted skin. Intensity within the gaze. Brushed silver adornments. They say the devil is in the details; these are the elements that can make or break the lifeblood of a portrait and Pierrick Patarin captures them with such a breathtaking ease, that it seems that model Nathanaël KOFFI* is barely doing any work. But working the lens, he is, taking a bashful yet bold approach to this photo series. Don’t take my word for it. Bask in all the glory of his elegance, I’m…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 8, 2016 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

Willow Smith evolves with acoustic-ambient three-track EP ‘Mellifluous’

Just a few days after her big brother released his creepy new visual, 'Fallen", AFROPUNK Alum Willow Smith drops her newest EP, ‘Mellifluous’. The self-produced release is an impressively eclectic mix of acoustic guitar and vocal ambiance that the artist describes as “transcendental lullabies”. Like her previous releases, ‘Mellifluous’ is a young person’s existential and introspective musings set to cosmic soundscapes. Unlike those previous releases, Willow’s ability to…

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Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: UK alt-pop singer Iris Gold is back with this quirky, playful video for tune, ‘Goodvibes’

London’s finest alternative pop starlet is coming strong with the visuals for her new project ‘The Marsha Hunt Mixtape’ and the latest is a playful video for ‘Goodvibes.’ As usual, her rock roots are showing, with a heavy emphasis on drums and vocals to carry the song, and her voice gives off the grainy quality necessary to balance the static electronic synths. Definite hip hop and dancehall vibes infiltrate her delivery, which is to say that it’s bouncy and slightly staccato,… Continue

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A Letter To Angry White People From Black Santa Claus

Dear Y. P. Pull;



I know you’re used to the one-way dialogue when you sit your kids down to write their privileged, “gimme mine” letters to me (by the way, I’ve been meaning to tell y’all that your children can’t spell very well, and every year it’s getting worse. Maybe it’s because your kids’ Christmas list is filled with dreams of Grand Theft Auto and iPhones. I haven’t dropped a book by a Caucasian house since the late 80’s but you’re wondering why Abby Fisher…

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Added by The Race Card on December 7, 2016 at 10:05am — No Comments

New webseries 195 LEWIS is an honest exploration of black queerness premiering in New York next week!

Queer love is radical. Queer love is revolutionary. Queer love is love. And that’s the reason why queer representation, especially in Black art forms is so necessary. Director Chanelle Aponte Pearson and co-writer Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), created this daring story of a group of Black, queer, polyamorous friends navigating the intersections race, sexual and gender identity, and love. The series was created and produced by Rae Leone Allen and Yaani…

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Black Love is great but we also need to talk about emotional abuse in our relationships

Everyone loves black love. Images of The Obamas, Jay Z & Beyonce, and Will & Jada can touch that place deep inside of us that wants companionship more than we like to admit. Yet, while many of us might love the idea of being in love, few of us have had examples of what healthy black relationships look like. It's a well-documented fact that the same systemic racism that creates injustices that Black Lives Matter protests in the streets today is to blame for the…

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Added by The Race Card on December 7, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

Brazilian photo editorial “Cabeça de Nego” celebrates Black hair and freedom of expression

Much like the United States, Brazil is a country built upon the backs of African and indigenous exploitation. Because of it, Black Brazilians are marginalized, often discriminated against because of their socioeconomic status and attitudes towards their appearance. Very little, if any, positive representation of AfroBrazilians exist in Brazilian popular culture, but independent artists are changing the narrative with their own celebrations of Blackness. Creative director…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 7, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Peep Mega Woman, the fierce leading lady of Godhood comics’ forthcoming issue

Atlanta comic publishing company Godhood is taking over for the 99 and 200 with new leading lady Mega Woman. Their mission is to diversify characters and stories so that they are relatable to people of all colors, background, and creed. Their aspirations are to inspire acceptance and tolerance through complex character development is exactly what the comic and greater entertainment world need, rather than empty promises and attempts at diversity. Mega Woman is a comic about…

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Brazilian photographer captures street style at Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural ‘Black Fair’ art & culture festival

Economic power is one of the primary ways in which Black people the world over are disenfranchised. Wealth is severely lacking in the Black community both domestically and abroad, but in Brazil especially, afrobrasileiros are consistently the poorest. But things are changing and the proof is The Black Fair, the first iteration of a new Black cultural and afro-entrepreneurial event being held in Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of Black entrepreneurs, artists, and festival goers poured… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 7, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

Brazilian rapper Flávio Renegado invokes the spirit of Candomblé deities in photo essay + music video

Brazilian rapper Flávio Renegado is expanding his horizons in a new collaboration with esteemed Brazilian photographer Daryn Dornelles. Capturing the elite in the entertainment and public sphere are the usual for this brilliant photographer, but creating a message and extension of a piece of music is somewhere neither of these artists has ventured before. In this photo essay, Daryan and Flavio invoke the spirit of the orixas, the deities of AfroBrazilian…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

H.R. of Bad Brains will attend screening of ‘HR - Finding Joseph I’ doc in Brooklyn

What a time to be alive! H.R. of Bad Brains will be in attendance of the screening of the new documentary about his life, ‘HR - Finding Joseph I’ in Brooklyn next week. HR “Finding Joseph I” is a documentary chronicling the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul “HR” Hudson from the one and only Bad Brains. The frontman’s charismatic and energetic live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk, cementing Bad Brains as a seminal group in the punk…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments

The writer whose play inspired 'Moonlight' was named head of Yale's playwriting Dpt.

Congratulations to “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney whose work inspired Barry Jenkins’s acclaimed film “Moonlight,” for being named the new chairman of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. McCraney, who earned a graduate degree from the Yale School of Drama in 2007, also wrote the critically acclaimed shows “The Brother/Sister Plays” and “Head of Passes”, and won a MacArthur fellowship in 2013.

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Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Willow Smith is serving face and taking names in new high fashion editorial for Vogue Paris

Look out Kardashian-Jenner clan, the Smith kids are ready to take the fashion world by storm! The lovely Willow Smith is absolutely stunning in her new spread in Vogue Paris, and it looks like she's made for the camera. The young starlet posed for the magazine following a strong year for her modeling aspirations, including being named as an ambassador for Chanel and signing a modeling deal with Society Agency, the very same agency representing Kendal…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

Afro-futuristic movie follows 10-year-old & his crew through post-revolutionary war L.A.

‘Iman And The Light Warriors’ is an afro-futuristic, post-apocalyptic story that follows brave 10-year-old, Iman, as he navigates the gritty landscape of a post-revolutionary war Los Angeles, intent to make a bold declaration of love to his crush. Faced with the roughness of the city and his own battle to understand his emotions, Iman is joined by The Light Warriors—guardians (and superheroes) of the block.



Directed by Jarrett Woo and Written by Osahon Tongo,…

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‘Black Pulp’ exhibit aims to explore the rich history of resistance and counter-culture through Black print design

Images rule the information world, with more visual information being processed than ever before in the information age. With representations of Black folks under the microscope for their racist and classist undertones, it’s no wonder that this area of popular culture is being explored so heavily. NYTimes notes that, “Corrosive racial stereotypes have always been rife in American culture, but a counterculture of corrective images has existed too,” and those corrective images… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

On Whiteness, the Cold North, an Anthropomorphic Orange, and a Scouring Pad

I remember one late, warm, Canadian summer evening when I was young, sitting on the old marked and peeling linoleum of the bathroom floor in the small bachelor apartment of the complex my mother and I lived in, scrubbing my skin with one of the rough green scouring pads from the dollar store she had used… Continue

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PREMIERE: Alternative rap duo Neza Alexander is still swimming in post-election anguish in new single, "Thizzz'd Out"

A lot of folks are feeling dejected with the thought of the new president-elect’s rise to the highest office in the land. But few have been able to fully embody the mind-numbing feeling that this knowledge brings quite like alt-rap duo Neza Alexander. The twosome consists of Rwandan born, Indiana raised rapper Neza and Philly native Alexander on the beats. Neza laments Trump’s election with dry humor and heavy lyricism over Alexander’s lurching, electronic soundscape. Neza…

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Black & British: Watch documentaries from the BBC series!

Starting last month, BBC has begun to celebrate the Blackness within its borders by kicking off a season of programming highlighting Black culture and Black British accomplishments through film and television. To this end, over 8 hours of original programming have been prepared for this moment, focusing primarily on documentaries about the contributions Black people have made to British history as well as contemporary narratives surrounding identity and nationality in…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments

Say hello to “Keleshe,” Runway Curl’s doll with kinky curls and all the #BlackGirlMagic

Move over Barbie! Entrepreneur Mushiya Tshikuka created a doll for the youngins with natural hair and lots of spunk with her “Keleshe” doll. With the fight for representation coming in many different forms, Tshikuka thought it necessary and proper to have a doll for the curly-headed cutie pies, so they can learn to love the way they look and the way their hair naturally grows out of their heads. Since the holiday season is right around the corner, consider copping this for the… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on December 6, 2016 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

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