Much to the contentment of literary enthusiasts, celebrated author and cultural icon Toni Morrison will release a brand new project next year, titled, God Help the Child. The 11th published piece from Morrison, God Help the Child augments her long career of distinguished works, including Sula, The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, and most acclaimed, Beloved, the novel that inspired the Academy Award winning 1998 screen…Continue
Yara grew out of singer-songwriter Jameilyara Moore's solo acoustic music into a full-fledged indie rock force. Anchored by Jameilyara's dynamic voice with the interplay of brothers Joseph and Daniel Quisol on guitars and backing vocals, along with Sharad Wertheimer, Evan Zemaitis, and Walker Smith, Yara makes jagged edged indie pop.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…Continue
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Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is set to join Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o in Americanah, an indie screen adaptation of the 2013 novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants as they adapt to a new life in the States, facing the trials of keeping their relationship in tact in their new surrounding.
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Today we're premiering indie band and AFROPUNK community members OSHUN's video, '#'. The track is from their 'AFAHYE' EP released earlier this year.
Info: "With a plot centered around civil rights, the video addresses recent police riots and injustices that have gone on in the United States."
Video directed by Chel$y O (@chelsthedirector_)
Photo by Chelsea Odufu…
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The legends that are George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic have announced that they will be embarking on a world tour early next year, the 'Shake The Gate' tour (named after the group's new album). Check out the released dates, below; and enjoy some P-Funk sounds while you're at it.
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This year, there has been a number of Web series that have followed in the vain of Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl' and shown that black women can play roles beyond those stereotype placed upon them - and dare I say it, that black women can be "quirky". On this note, check out this new series 'Black Feminist Blogger' - from creator Aph Ko. Watch the first three episodes, below.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…Continue
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Check out South African heavy metal band Ree-burth. Hailing from the Soweto township, the band are one of South Africa's only all-black rock band - describing themselves as alternative rock - and bringing a new sound to the people of South Africa. The band have been touring the whole of South…Continue
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Check out 'Rate You' - the newest release from British singer Rainy Milo. Get into the track, below.…
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This weekend two police officers - Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos - were fatally shot as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, an attack that comes off the back of growing protests against the New York Police Department; protests which followed the non indictment of the officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. As unfortunate as said events are, it is also sad to see non-violent protestors blamed for the action of one…Continue
'Black Dynamite' - the animated series from Adult Swim - is reportedly set to air a special one-hour musical episode that will address the police brutality that has dominated news s and conversation since the fatal shooting of Mike Brown on August 9th. The satirical show - which is based on the 2009 Blaxploitation film of the same name - will feature guest appearances from Erykah Badu and Tyler, The Creator in the upcoming episode - titled 'The Wizard of Watts'.…Continue
Check out the new unisex capsule collection from 'MOSAERT' - the clothing line from Belgian musician Stromae. The musician, known for his vibrant colors and striking look, has collaborated with Brussels studio Boldatwork to create the African influenced and College-style fashion brand; naming the clothing line after an acronym of his name. Explore some images of the capsule collection, below.…Continue
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In this current climate of protest and call for action, many are calling on President Barack Obama to do what others before him have refused by pardoning political activist Assata Shakur - currently living in Cuba under political asylum. In 1973, the member of both the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike, for which she was was accused of…Continue
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Hailing from Martinique by way of Paris, Blake Diamond and The Pearls make the kind of fist raising alt rock that's in short supply these days. Like The Smashing Pumpkins without sinus problems, their anthemic hooks are destined for large stages and light shows. But seeing as they only have one song out, the rager “Black Is Beautiful,” we'll have to settle for laptop speakers.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…Continue
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In 1944, at the age of 14, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century - charged with the murder of two young white girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. The young boy claimed he was innocent; and many years later, Civil rights advocates tried tirelessly to get his case reopened - arguing that police coerced a confession out of the frightened teenager. Now, seventy years later, Stinney Jr. has…Continue
To mark the retirement of legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr, AFROPUNK would like to celebrate both the photographer and his work - a photographer known for his iconic photographs, such as the one above of Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schomberg Center (dancing over the ashes of Langston Hughes). Check out some more of his most notable images, below; and read his own words …Continue
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Rapper Amenan Ball, bassist Jon Jernigan, and vocalist Michael Bevill have taken socially conscious lyrics and put them together with rock and other genres to form the awesomeness that is Interracial Mannequin.
By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor…Continue
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Cakes Da Killa has announced that he'll be releasing a deluxe edition of his hit EP, 'Hunger Pangs'. The remastered edition will come ahead of his upcoming North American tour, and feature 13 new remixes and 2 unreleased songs (available …Continue
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Hometown: Connecticut (moved to Harlem, NY, last year)…Continue
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