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Hands off our freedoms: It's 2017 and women still have to fight for basic shit

Happy International Women’s Day, I guess? Forgive the ‘tude, but as we roll through Donald Trump’s second month as President, it would be irresponsible of me to pretend that now’s a stellar time to be a woman in Trump’s World, whether you’re American or not. And while the Wall Street bull’s newest opponent—a …

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Added by Gender Bent on March 8, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

DC Comics taps Code Black’s Nafesa Williams and House of Payne’s China Anne McClain for new Black Lightning series!

Black girl magic is getting supernatural! DC Comics and the CW are creating a new superhero series Black Lightning and they’ve tapped Code Black’s Nafessa Williams and House of Payne’s China Anne McClain to play the daughters of the main character. Written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, the new series will follow lead Cress Williams. Deadline reports this as the teaser synopsis: “He made his…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 3, 2017 at 2:05pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: UK electronica artist Megatronic questions gentrification and reps for East London in “Oi” video

In 2012, Megane Quashie went solo and spread her wings in a declarative ascension, donning the new name Megatronic. The singer/songwriter was previously known for her success with the British/French electro pop band, Black Cherry but she felt the need to assert her voice in a new way. Providing a colorful palette of lush lyrics, molasses melodies and stunning stage presence, the indie starlet is back with “Oi,” a video and track commemorating the beauty and history of…

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Added by Sound Check on March 3, 2017 at 11:25am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Experimental hip hop artist GypjaQ delivers haunting visual for single “sInnIstIr”

Reclaiming ties to the motherland has long been a priority of Black artists in America. The aesthetic and vibrations that Pan-Africanism provides has taken root in all iterations of Black music, whether it be the exuberance of jazz or the mellowed spirituality often found in neo soul. Harlem born artist GypjaQ doesn’t shy away from this legacy in his new video for “sInnIstIr,” a song that exalts and exclaims, a performance that is filled with excitement and intensity. Known… Continue

Added by Sound Check on March 2, 2017 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

‘Black Women in Medicine’ film shows exactly #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Although not inspired by the viral hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike, it seems that the film ‘Black Women in Medicine’ is right on time on a subject that’s extremely relevant. Crystal R. Emery is an artist, author, filmmaker, actress, and playwright known for producing socially-conscious works and stories that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and her latest project is a deep dive into the history, contributions, struggles and presence of Black female doctors. Emery is… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 8, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Nigeria’s first skate crew WAFFLES N CREAM is too sweet for these Naija streets

Naija stand up! WAFFLES N CREAM, Nigeria’s first skate crew, is shredding the scene and trailblazing for the African continent. In Lagos, skateboarding is of growing interest, especially in upper and middle class communities, and the youth of the movement are fiery and fearless. Skateboarding has long been the outlet of the punks among us and with new edit ‘Jide,’ WAFFLES N CREAM are making a name for themselves as a powerhouse brand. From events, to clothing, to…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

This movie unravels the erasure of tap dance from African American culture

Don’t sleep on student filmmakers, y’all. The New School’s Simone Maurice made the film “Lost In The Shuffle” for her thesis and has since been gaining traction in the documentary world. Following Emmy award winning choreographer and tap dance instructor Jason Samuels Smith, the documentary offers a glimpse into the history and erasure of West African slaves in the foundational movements of tap dancing, as well as the role Smith has in its revival. In an effort to create…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 1, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

“Nice & Rough” film project is highlighting and celebrating Black Women in Rock

Black women rock. In the most figurative interpretation of this phrase, I’m sure you’re thinking duh, Black women are the diamonds in the rough, the crown jewels, the jeweler and the crown. But in the most literal sense, Black women literally are showstoppers and rock with the best, and new indie film “Nice & Rough” is paying homage to the women of the 50s and 60s that helped birth rock n’ roll for generations to come. Director Sheila Dianne Jackson has proclaimed 2017… Continue

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

Taraji P. Henson in SAG speech: "They are hidden figures no more!"

”Hidden Figures,” the film about Black women working at NASA preparing for John Glenn’s launch into orbit. At the SAG-AFTRA awards this weekend, they won the most coveted award of “Best Ensemble,” with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Butler, and Janelle Monae at the helm. As she accepted the award, Taraji expressed her gratitude and the brilliance of the women they portrayed exclaiming, “They are hidden figures no more!” This story, although not told perfectly, is still a story… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 30, 2017 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Stream the premiere of “Giants,” the millennial webseries by James Bland, Issa Rae & Jussie Smollett



“Giants” is a series about three Black millennials approaching the age of 30 and the realizations that despite their age, they haven’t quite mastered “adulting.” In a press release, director James Bland said, “Giants explores social issues that are either ignored or stigmatized by the black community and regardless of race, these characters’ experiences are relatable to almost anyone because they learn the hard way that when life kicks your ass, you either lie down or… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Barry Jenkins: Black actors don’t have to play slaves to win an Oscar



If you ever needed proof that Black actors and actresses can portray the full gambit of theatrical roles, look no further than the Oscar nominees for 2017. With stories about the brilliance of Black female NASA mathematicians in Hidden Figures, or the riveting tension between lost dreams and duty to family in Fences, Black thespians are providing the most glorious performances of their careers in roles that neither make them subservient or inferior. Moonlight, arguably… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 26, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

New film “Storyboard P, a stranger in Sweden” is the story of a dancer conquering the impossible and transforming movement into art

The human body is capable of many things, but dance has to be one of the most awestriking accomplishments of movement. For Brooklyn-born flex artist Storyboard P, his movements come in various intensities, shapes, and speeds, all resulting in a beautiful expression of his story and a remarkable work of art. Filmmaker Matthew D’Arcy chose him to document in a hourlong film about his journey to Sweden to teach and perform alongside fellow dancers. On February 5th, the Lincoln… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 25, 2017 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

Breast cancer patient Ericka Hart delivers breathtaking speech topless at Philadelphia Women’s March

Most people have heard the age old advice of pretending their audience is naked to get through public speaking. Breast cancer patient Ericka Hart flipped that notion on its head, donning her double mastectomy scars in the open during her speech at the Philadelphia Women’s March on inauguration day. Hart, who is no stranger to showing the effects of the disease on her body, was extremely poignant and succinct in her her speech, critiquing not only the presidency and the new… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on January 24, 2017 at 10:40am — No Comments

“Blasian Narratives” film explores how race, identity and heritage impact everyday life

The Blasian Project is a multimedia undertaking documenting the experience of people of Black and Asian heritage. A lot of discussion and attention is given biracial heritage when it concerns Black and White parents, but very little discourse surrounds “Blasian” families. In the documentary below, seven “Blasian” actors describe the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of being both Black and Asian in America and how the intersections of race, class and identity impact their…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Washington-based experimental exhibit unites US & Caribbean black communities with breathtaking art

A professor once told me, “If it’s not pushing boundaries, it’s not doing the work and if it’s not doing the work, don’t bother doing it!” And pushing boundaries is exactly what Tacoma, Washington-based COLORED art exhibit is doing. Curated by Christopher Paul Jordan, the exhibit combines augmented reality, social media, and public art to facilitate dialogue between Black artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The African diaspora is vast and our experiences…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Issa Rae and Jussie Smollett team up to produce new millennial webseries “Giants”

Although Issa Rae didn’t nab any awards at this year’s Golden Globes, it’s clear that her story is far from over. Teaming up with Empire star Jussie Smollett and director James Bland, they’re set to release a project on Youtube, the platform where she created the series Awkward Black Girl, which catapulted her into the spotlight. “Giants” is a series about three Black millennials approaching the age of 30 and the realizations that despite their age, haven’t quite mastered…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 18, 2017 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Canadian creative DJ Stop snaps street style shots of black Canadians in Winnipeg

Shot late last Spring in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, creative DJ Stop assembled a group of black Canadians, each from different places, who all share the experience of living in a predominately white area and struggle to find places to get their hair done and to find friends (like each other) who share similar interests in style and fashion. To celebrate their unique aesthetics and the end of the harsh Canadian winter, the models and DJ took to the park to snag…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 15, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Heavy metal artist Sidney Black is bringing a grotesque aesthetic to even grimmer sounds

There are few genres of music that balance the intensity and humanity of the grotesque quite like heavy metal and punk rock, but Sidney Black is doing just that. The hip hop leaning heavy metal rocker is creating visuals that invoke the horrorcore, with an undead aesthetic pervading his visuals. The music is metal hip hop, an amalgamation of the ferocious cadence found in the concrete jungle and the raw rage that finds its home in the pit. With clear influences from Nine Inch… Continue

Added by Sound Check on December 14, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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!



By T. McLendon,…
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Added by Sound Check on December 8, 2016 at 1:10pm — 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

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