Happy May Day! It's class warfare week at SoundCheck apparently (ok fine, it's always class warfare week). The appropriately named Rhetoric out of Springfield, MA are an explosion of political metalcore. Their songs are almost more anti-capitalist polemics than songs. (Polemic would also be a pretty rad band name. Just saying.) Brutal bursts of guitar and drums thunder and rattle beneath AP member …Continue
Ignited at the intersection of social commentary and imagination, the cultural undercurrent of Afrofuturism critiques and examines Black subjectivity through the lens of science-fiction. Popularized by such musicians as Sun Ra, George Clinton and, most recently, Janelle Monáe, the Afrofuturist aesthetic has come into conversation amongst a new generation of youth and young adults that literally experience the world as cyborgs, both existing in person and as their online avatars…Continue
Dead Kennedys & Fishbone shared on social media this opinion piece from Seattle Weekly: "Punk Rock Is Bullshit". Check it out, we'd love to hear what you think. + What is your definition of being punk today?
Excerpts from the…
Hey Afropunkz and Afropunkettes! Do you use Instagram? Meet us there @AFROPUNK so you can keep up with our whereabouts and the dope people we meet along the way. Instagram ain't seen it yet, honey!…
Added by Afro-Punk on July 30, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
What do you guys think of writer Touré's latest piece for the Washington Post about the war on drugs and hip-hop?
Excerpts: "In the early 1980s, most of the socially conscious hiphop records mentioned drugs as one of the many problems affecting black Americans, not the central one. When they did touch on drugs, they were almost always depicted negatively; doing drugs was a character failing, and the songs usually portrayed the speaker as a bystander trapped in a ghetto,…
About the project: " 'Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People' is a two-hour documentary film and multimedia project that explores the ways black communities have learned to use the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic and cultural representations of themselves and their world."
Produced and directed by filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris. Co-produced by scholar, curator, and author, Deborah Willis PhD who is Chair of the New…
"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." - Audre Lorde- Sister Outsider
I got into a discussion about race and class and a question was posed- in this society, are we enslaved mentally according to race and/or class? I took this to mean- does race and class dictate our "social mobility". Does it confine us in the social (and private!) spheres? Do we buy into these arbitrary confines and are we therefore mentally enslaved by them?
On January 4th 2012, a bit of heavy rock/black rock history will take place at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. On January 4th the Black Rock Coalition will sponsor a benefit show called The Million Man Mosh. The show will feature two of the BRC’s most celebrated bands, Living Colour and 24-7 Spyz. This will mark the first time the two New York rock bands have shared a stage on the same bill. The show will also feature session guitar hero Ronny Drayton and the dj of the…Continue
On January 4th 2012 a bit of musical history will be made. Living Colour and 24-7 Spyz, the two flagship bands of the Black Rock Coalition will come together to play a benefit at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Proceeds for the event will go to the legal defense of Donovan Drayton, son of Ronny Drayton, who has been incarcerated at Riker’s Island for four years without a conviction. Ronny Drayton is a long time session guitarist from New York City and a member of the Black…Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on August 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments