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FEATURE: Phylicia Rashad to play lesbian FBI agent, directed by Ava Duvernay

Phylicia Rashad, best know for role as wife and mother Clair Huxtable in cult classic The Cosby Show', is making a comeback to television; and this time she is set to play a lesbian. The role is for new CBS drama 'For Justice' and will see Rashad playing the role of "Georgina Howe, a Washington DC agent working to protect her Civil Rights Division of the FBI". In addition, the pilot episode will be directed by '…

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FEATURE: "These Two Teens Aren't Just Sisters - They're Twins"

Meet 18-year-old twins Lucy and Maria. Yes, twins! Hailing from Gloucester in England, the twin sisters are two of five children born to a white father and biracial mother. Although their siblings share the features of both parents, Lucy and Maria took the physical attributes of either parent. Read more on their story …

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Added by The Establishment on March 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Calma Carmona releases 'Dancing in the Dark'

Listen to 'Dancing in the Dark', the latest offering from Latin soulstress Calma Carmona. The new release was produced by Grammy award winner Frequency and features on Carmona's upcoming debut LP, 'Girl On A Bridge'. Check it out below. 
 
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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FASHION: Nigerian designer Duro Olowu's Fall 2015 collection

Take a look at the new collection from Nigerian born designer Duro Olowu. Recognised for his matched prints and streamlined silhouettes, Olowu takes his signatures into to a new dimension with a…

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FEATURE: 'Staying Power' - The Victoria & Albert Museum explores the history of black British culture

For the last seven years, the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London has been working with Black Cultural Archives to compile a collection of photographs which document the lives of black people in Britain. Now with a collection of 118 works by 17 artists, the museum is currently exhibiting the collection in an exhibition titled 'Staying Power' (February 16 – May 24 and January 15 – …

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Added by Eye Candy on March 3, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Stream the New Single 'Wilde Out for Wanderlust' from UK Post-Hardcore Act Shades #SoundCheck

Breathing new life into the all-too-homogenous world of post-hardcore, UK quintet Shades’ new EP 'Lose Your Chains' is surprisingly deep and nuanced for a genre often as nuanced as a crowbar. New single 'Wilde Out for Wanderlust' builds from a canon to a whisper, with front man Ziggy Paul’s dynamic vocals conveying something of emo heroes Braid. The track makes a great use of the tension between open…

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FEATURE: 'Clear As Black' - a photo essay on albinism in Puerto Rico by photo journalist Adriana Monsalve

Take a look at this photo essay from photojournalist and writer Adriana Monsalve. In her essay, 'Clear as Black', Monsalve explores identity through a sub culture of albinism found in Puerto Rico. Of the project, she says: "It deals with questions of blackness and whiteness and what these colours can mean or not mean and everything in between." Check out some of images from the story below and see the entire project …

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FASHION: Artist Spotlight - Carmel Snow, Cultural Camouflage

When I first viewed Oakland native, Carmel Snow’s work, I was so drawn in by the vibrant colors, energy and spirit of each statement.  There is rejuvenation in her work that is enticing and almost illusionistic and surrealist with patterns, colors, and shapes that will most definitely draw you in. From the detailing of knits patterns, the delicacy of body adornment and blending of colors, her Cultural Camouflage series is absolutely stunning and channels so much…

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FEATURE: Zoë Kravitz features in Ocean Drive magazine

Check out Zoë Kravitz's editorial in Ocean Drive Magazine - looking just like her mother Lisa Bonet. In the stunning editorial, Kravitz opens up about her acting career and music with band Lolawolf; and in regards to this creativity, she says: “It’s always what I've done, before I even had a real…

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FEATURE: 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams' graphic novel

Check out 'EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams', a graphic novel set to be released later this year - created by Nigerian born Roye Okupe (Owner/Creative Director at YouNeek Studios). Set in the year 2025, in the fictional Nigerian city of Lagoon (modeled after the Nigerian city Lagos), a young man named Wale Williams inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing and uses the suit to battle against the terror attacks of a sociopathic extremist.…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

BHM: Faces from the new civil rights movement - Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell of Millennial Activists United

We are actually living within the birth of a revolution currently within the USA, the future of this country is beginning to shift as Black people in this country begin to pick up and tie loose ends where the Civil Rights movement left off in the fight for equal rights. The spark that began this flame of what has now been been titled the Black Lives Matter movement, a statement that demands the world to acknowledge that all Black lives…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer' "dark fantasy comic book series

Take a look at comic book series 'The Untamed'. The dark fantasy series centers on a stranger given "seven days to reap seven souls and earn his way out of hell". When he meets Niobe, an orphan girl who reminds him of his daughter, he is given a conscience and source of hope. A graphic hardcover novel is on the way and you can support …

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

BHM: faces from the new civil rights movement - Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw from Dream Defenders

As part of AFROPUNK's spotlight on The New Civil Rights Movement, I caught up with Dream Defenders organizers, Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw. Amidst their hectic week, they took some time out to educate us on how they found themselves at the forefront of a movement and what’s next for their individual and organizational missions.…

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POETRY: Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy) by Alyesha Wise

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Cannibal (a Poem to White Supremacy)

You’ve been borrowing me for so long

That I forgot to demand myself back

I found me

Sinking…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Septima Poinsette Clark: The Queen Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

"I just tried to create a little chaos. Chaos is a good thing. God created the whole world out of it. Change is what comes of it." - Septima Poinsette Clark

In 1955, on the eve of her famous act of defiance, Rosa Parks attended a citizenship workshop led by Septima Poinsette Clark. These workshops were designed to train young activists, and train people in their rights as citizens. Parks said of Septima, "At that time I was very nervous, very troubled in my mind…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Throwback: Papis Loveday and Shaun Ross in CHAOS Magazine

Let's throwback to 2011 with this striking editorial from CHAOS Magazine's The Wicked Issue (end of Winter Issue 2011-12). The editorial - titled, 'Out of Circulation' - was shot by Rebecca Latchfield and styled by Alexis Knox, and features models Papis Loveday and …

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Added by Safety Pins on February 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA - Photos

Have a look at yesterday's 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA. This program curated by AFROPUNK was a satellite version of the acclaimed AFROPUNK Fest with performances by Alice Smith, The Bots, V. Bozeman and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, multimedia art installations by Ewok and was hosted by Joi. Check out some photos from the event below'; shot by Stephen Paul; and check out the rest …

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FEATURE: Ugandan Lawyer Victor Ochen nominated for 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have nominated Ugandan lawyer and activist Victor Ochen (pictured above with Desmond Tutu) and his African Youth Initiative Network for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, making him the youngest African at 33 to be nominated for the award. The AFSC say, “Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and…

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FEATURE: The ambient sound of Nakaya's 'Colored Lines'

Listen to New York based singer-songwriter Nakaya's latest single, 'Colored Lines'. The alternative folk artist (a Los Angeles native) is currently studying at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and is developing a sound that blends the musical genres of folk, R&B and electronica. Check out the single below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Cold Sun' - Alxndr London and his "nu-soul soaked electronica"

Have a listen to the debut single from new British singer-songwriter Alxndr London. The debut, 'Cold Sun', perfectly showcases the East Londoner's brand of alt R&b, taking the neo-soul of the past into a direction of electronica - or as iD magazine put it, "nu-soul soaked electronica". Listen to…

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