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Paris-based rapper KillASon shows off incredible dance chops and gets introspective in new video "WRONG"

A year after dropping his first wave-making EP The Rize, Paris-based hip-hop artist KillASon (Marcus Dossavi-Gourdot) brings his vibrantly hybrid style back with STW1, a six track offering of lighter, more melodic, but even more compelling music showcasing the rising star's appeal. Critically acclaimed by the French press (including Les Inrocks, Trax, Noisey) as well as internationally (The New York Times, The Quietus), the multi-talented…

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Added by Sound Check on April 12, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

LA-based experimental hip-hop artist Busdriver launches Free Black Press Radio mixing socio-political commentary with left-field Beats #SoundCheck

Spanish philosopher George Santayana once quipped “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” but let's be real, even as a self-admitted history nerd, it's hard enough keeping up with all the fuckery going on right now. Let alone the past 400 or so years. That's where indie producer and MC Busdriver comes in. Over the past year, he's released 6 episodes of Free Black Press Radio, marrying his surrealist humor, Afrofuturist sensibilities and an analytic eye… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 12, 2017 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Film camp for under-served students gears up for third summer

2017 marks the third year camp Outlast, a volunteer-based summer camp for kids who are interested in filmmaking and media industries. Created by a group of diverse minorities who work in film and related industries, the mission of Outlast is to create visibility for POC in these spaces and give voice to misrepresented (or not represented at all)…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 12, 2017 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Comic series follows Chicago teen possessed by the spirit of Shaka Zulu

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.



“‘Zulu’ is a story that blends a…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 12, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Black Muslim artist behind Beyoncé's pregnancy photos opening an anti-Trump art show in London

In February, 28-year-old Awol Erizku was revealed to be the photographer behind Beyoncé’s viral pregnancy announcement. The photo quickly became the most popular Instagram post of all time, with nearly 11 million likes and counting.





Having had his first New York exhibition before receiving his MFA from Yale, the artist…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 12, 2017 at 12:50pm — No Comments

12-year-old son of Metallica's bassist is Korn's new bassist

The 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joins KORN on the South America leg of their tour and becomes a rock god before he even hits high school. Tye Trujillo has been a member of a band called the Helmets since the age of eight, and they’ve performed at festivals like BottleRock, Lollapalooza Chile, and Lollapalooza's Kidsapalooza stage. The younger Trujillo replaces Korn’s longtime bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu who pulled out of the leg due to…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2017 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

You're not really an "ally" if you must be spoken to in a "nice" tone in order to show up

Two days ago, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi set off an internet firestorm when she posted a status critiquing “fauxtivist” of color who are too harsh on white allies, among other things:





Besides the fact that the post utilized one of the worst portmanteaus ever conceived, many took offense…

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Added by The Race Card on April 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Laugh in a nazi's face, it will make your day better

25-year-old Saffiyah Khan’s unbothered gaze at an English Defence League (EDL) protestor was mood goals for real after Khan stepped forward to protect a Muslim counter-protestor in Birmingham, England last Saturday. The unnamed Muslim woman had shouted "Islamophobe" at a group of…Islamophobes and was surrounded by about 25 men when Khan, a Britain-born half-Pakistani, half-Bosnian, came to her defense. "I don't like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town,"… Continue

Added by The Establishment on April 11, 2017 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Children's book 'Blacky' encourages kids to celebrate their melanin

Terrence Terrell is a Mississippi-born actor and writer who has been featured in videos for pop stars like Beyonce and Lady Gaga, and on television networks like Fox, NBC, and Showtime. Though he's always been a performer, Terrell didn't always have the confidence you see on screen, due to bullying throughout his teenage years. The artist learned to cope by turning the negativity into…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 11, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Caucacity party/social experiment turns the tables on racist "culture parties"

The Caucacity Party is an upcoming London social experiment that turns the table on ‘culture parties’ by exploring the space between cultural appropriation and appropriate appreciation with a party that celebrates all things European. “Shakespeare, kale smoothies, colonialism, Kylie Jenner, and sunburns - It’s high time we celebrate Europe, the fatherland, and its cultural riches that have been stomped onto every single corner of this world.”



The experiment was…

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Added by The Race Card on April 11, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bronx-born soul singer Claire Renée mesmerizes in jazzy new single "Easy Come Easy Go (Nights with You)"

Claire Reneé is an LA-based singer/songwriter from the Bronx fusing R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop with a heavy hip-hop influence. The artist's gracefully raspy voice and unique harmonies provide the distinctive sensual sound behind her newest single, "Easy Come Easy Go (Nights with You)" from her upcoming EP Let Me Glo (April 12th). The effortless melodies of the two-part track provide a musical escape full of summery, relaxing energy right in time for the new season.… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Bristol-based rapper ThisisDA tackles on police brutality in introspective "Control, Shift"

Bristol-based hip-hop artist ThisisDA's new single "Control, Shift" comes fresh off the heels of his two critically acclaimed EPs, Based off Black and 21 and done, which made a name for the rising star in the music world. The introspective track demonstrates the rapper's effortless lyricism while touching on police brutality over a jazzy beat produced by Jakuta. The three guests featured–Luke Eira on the clarinet and Fenne Lily doubling up on vocals by…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2017 at 12:19pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Punk-rock pioneers Death return with urgent new single “Cease Fire” #SoundCheck

After the long struggle to bring punk rock pioneers Death's classic recordings to light, the band finally released their first album of new material in 2015. In the 2 years since N.E.W. Death has been almost constantly on the road, while the world has been brought to the brink of another World War by the rising tide of hard right nationalist demagogue demogorgons. So it's fitting that the band's latest single calls for a "Cease Fire." The song finds frontman Bobby Hackney…

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Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2017 at 11:07am — No Comments

F*uck respectability, we need to re-establish brotherhood among Black men

As of April 2017, Netflix still has its dose of must-see independent films. One of the platform's best and most heart-wrenching movies I have seen so far is called Honeytrap. It tells the story of a Trinidadian teen named Layla who moves to London and stays with her mother. Layla struggles with fitting in as her innocent personality does not grab the attention of the boys and the popular girls. So she becomes less focused on her grades in order to snag the…

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Added by The Race Card on April 10, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

ESSAY + PHOTOS: An ode to dorks, misfits and weirdos

I HAVE A CONFESSION: I LOVE DORKS. And misfits. And weirdos. All my

crushes tend to be lanky, angst-y boys with great one liners and a

variety of mood disorders. Tortured geniuses are another weak spot for

me. Show me a muscle-bound male model, and I will turn my head towards

a bespectacled, skinny, and socially awkward boy instead. I’d take

Clark Kent over Superman any day.

My first love was a total nerd. I…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 10, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Haitian photographer celebrates how Black people find strength in their skin in breathtaking photo series

Black people across the globe have gone through so much over the course of the last five centuries: Colonization, slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, segregation, mass incarceration–one unimaginable violence after another. It's an absolute wonder that we have still survived, what to speak of thrived, yet so many of us have done just that.



One of those Black people creating and thriving in an anti-Black world today is a young Haitian photographer based in New York named…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I Wrote The Play 'Hidden Fences' Because Someone F*ucking Had To

In January, amid the excitement of The Golden Globes while interviewing Pharrel, some whytladee I’ve never heard of created a movie that didn’t exist. Jenna Bush accidentally meshed the titles of two prominent black movies “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” and created “Hidden Fences”.…

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Added by The Race Card on April 10, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Future-Soul singer Wallace wows with powerhouse jazz vocals on the Crooked Letter-produced “Diaspora”

Hell-o Wallace! The New Zealand-born Future-Soul singer first single of 2017 is a melodic, frenetic jazz-infused, Nigerian-funk release. Inspired by the diasporic experience, where the song takes it’s name, “Diaspora” lyrically and viscerally explores the roots and heritage of Wallace’s parent’s homeland. "I wanted to highlight the connection that we both feel towards places where we didn't grow up", says Wallace on the track. "We bonded over the idea that looking back at our… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES ANNUAL NYC FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR AUGUST 26 & 27TH

BROOKLYN LINEUP TO INCLUDE A SAINT HERON CURATED STAGE FEATURING SAMPHA, THUNDERCAT, SINKANE + TBA SPECIAL GUESTS ALONG WITH A KAYTRANADA & FRIENDS CURATED STAGE FEATURING KAYTRANADA, NAO, SANGO, J ROCC w/ KARRIEM RIGGINS & MORE



OTHER ACTS TO INCLUDE SOUL II SOUL, DIZZEE RASCAL, GARY CLARK JR., MICHAEL KIWANUKA MACY GRAY, SZA, WILLOW SMITH, SERPENTWITHFEET, AND MANY MORE



The world renowned festival, AFROPUNK BROOKLYN, has announced the lineup for…
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Added by AFROPUNK on April 6, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Does Trump realize the Syrian kids he wants to "save" are the same ones he attacked with "Muslim ban"?

After Bashar al-Assad’s most recent chemical attack on the people of Syria this week, President Trump, overnight, decided that he does, in fact, care about the Syrian children he’s been marginalizing and denying help to, his entire time in office. Apparently, Trump failed to make the connection between Syrians with visas and the Syrian refugees fleeing their country from unimaginable terror and the Syrians and refugees Trump has passionately attempted to ban from the United…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 7, 2017 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

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