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More T-Shirts have been added to the AFROPUNK store

One of the questions that we've received constantly since last weekend's festival is "Where can I get one of those AFROPUNK T's?". So without further a do, you can cop yourself one of our limited T-Shirts by heading over to the the AFROPUNK store (includes the custom T's with artwork by Maps Glover) --> …


Added by Safety Pins on August 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Artist Awol Erizku captures AFROPUNK's elaborate hairstyles for VOGUE

Last weekend, VOGUE came down to AFROPUNK FEST and shot some of the festival's most elaborate hairstyles. Below are just a few of our favorites, all shot by artist Awol Erizku. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Safety Pins on August 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FASHION: Erykah Badu travels back to the 70s for InStyle Magazine

Check out Erykah Badu's latest editorial for InStyle Magazine's "20th Anniversary" September issue. In the black and white spread, sporting Rick James' signature braids, the singer wears designs from Christian Louboutin, Helmut Lang, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Hervé Léger (images via BROWNSISTA.COM).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Safety Pins on August 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "My Boss Asked Me to Straighten My Afro - So I Quit"

TV presenter Arisa Cox explains why she quit when her boss asked her tostraighten her afro, in a piece she recently wrote for The Huffington Post.

Exerpts: "After the three-month probationary period was up, I had a customary performance review with the news executive. And the bomb dropped. "You've worn your hair straight from time to time, we'd like you to wear it straight on the…

Added by Safety Pins on August 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Featuring Fancy Muffin & MDMFlow to end summer with a bang!

AFROPUNK FEST 2014 is close ya’ll. There is no better way to end summer vacation than with great music, vibes, vendors, food and beautiful people. In anticipation of some fabulous vendors (great vendors last year) I would like to spotlight Fancy Muffin for the AP community. Definitely making a statement, whether a funky vintage piece or hand dyed shirts, or shorts and of course, why not spice it up with some fabulous lipstick by MDMflow?…


Added by Safety Pins on August 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK's "Afro of the Day" series in collaboration with Pantene

Whitney Richardson is a journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently works as a writer and producer for The New York Times Lens photography blog and was previously the web producer for AFROPUNK.COM. During this year's AFROPUNK Festival, she will be photographing people for AFROPUNK's "Afro of the Day" series in collaboration with Pantene. Check out Whitney's words below, sharing her thoughts on both "Afro of the Day" and…


Added by Safety Pins on August 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Fun and Vibrant Accessories by Fanm Mon

In preparation for the AFROPUNK Fest 2014 (don't forget to donate!), why not treat yourself for the summer with some fabulous, vibrant jewelry and accessories by Fanm Mon. While at the festival last year, I saw some of the most beautiful yet unique accessories, whether bought or handmade by festival goers. Fanm Mon definitely has an eye for color and hand makes beautiful…


Added by Safety Pins on August 1, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

AP FASHION: An interview with designer Jesse Frimpong of STREETCHIEF

Meet Ghana born, Toronto based designer, Jesse Frimpong, the young innovator and creative mind behind STREETCHIEF. Jesse has transformed his inspirations—“merging” his Ghanaian roots with the urban flare of the western world, a merging of his past and present locations.

STREETCHIEF was born out of Jesse’s desire to in a sense convey a person…


Added by Safety Pins on July 22, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

FASHION: Essence Festival and International African Arts Festival Highlights

This past weekend, so much black beauty has flooded my Instagram and Facebook feeds and I am just loving it! Although I wasn’t down in New Orleans living it up at the Essence Fest, I took part in my own little July 4th tradition and spent my Saturday and Sunday at the International African Arts Festival, held in Commodore Barry Park! Whether you were down in NOLA or right here in BK, it is such a great feeling to be surrounded by and indulge in the vibrant and positives vibes of…


Added by Safety Pins on July 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: Designer Spotlight: De La Sébure

Spice it up! This summer is all about patterns and vibrant, strong colors. Whether one patterned piece or a matching pant and shirt set, adding some funky, chic and unique patterns to your wardrobe is a must for the summer. There are certain clothing items that I have to convince myself are a necessity, but there was no doubt in my mind after my first glance at De La Sébure that one of their pieces would need to be in my possession. There is something so glorious, loving,…


Added by Safety Pins on June 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: NY Street Style by Whosthefreshest

Pow! Check this street style series by Whosthefreshest for AFROPUNK!…


Added by Safety Pins on June 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Designer Spotlight: Meet Tamu Thomas of Kenema

Summer has left me with some time to browse the Internet and I am continually inspired by artists and designers of this generation who transcend the realm of fashion and art. I believe I was browsing MDMflow’s Tumblr page and came across a patterned top ands short set—vibrant colors, geometric shapes, crisp and perfect for strutting down the streets…


Added by Safety Pins on June 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: The Art of Head Wrapping: 1953 Collection by Folasade Adeoso

You are creating your own crown and embodying your inner queen when engaging in the art of head wrapping. I have fallen in love with the 1953 head wrap collection by Folasade Adeoso—the colors and fabric are crisp, vibrant and illuminate the “confidence, diversity and creativity of women.” There is something so regal in rocking this crown in your own way. Whether wearing jeans, a tee and converse, or a fabulous dress and heels, the head wrap can only positively accent your…


Added by Safety Pins on June 10, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Folorunsho x K1X Hand-Dyed Basketball Jerseys For A Good Cause

Folorunsho is a creative collective based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, formed by 20 young men and teenagers. We've told you about the sneakers they created and …


Added by Safety Pins on June 10, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Jewelry Spotlight: Purposerosa by Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa

Looking to accessorize this summer with some fabulous and edgy earrings and rings? Then you are going to fall in love with Purposerosa, “a design house founded by sisters Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa.” These flashy pieces are sure to turn heads and dazzle in the summer sun or glow in the darkness of the night!

By Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Safety Pins on May 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Spotlight - Caven Etomi's Kingdom Tees

This summer I am completely here for the very flowy relaxed outfits—starting simple and building off of a fresh palette is the way to go. For some reason I just have a great feeling about this summer, and maybe that is because I just completed final exams and look forward to long days of soaking up sun, art, laying on the grass, listening to music, biking, exploring, eating, and being the free spirit that I am. Go out with a kick this summer! Pair a t-shirts and jean shorts or a…


Added by Safety Pins on May 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

AP Fashion: Welcome Pinned x Stitched!

Welcome Pinned x Stitched to the AFROPUNK community! The extremely dynamic duo, Meron Bekele and B Hawk Snipes, will be gracing the AP community with their style tips and sharing of art, music and culture! This video blog is definitely something to watch out for, as it serves as a platform for young African American creative minds to inspire and be inspired by others. Amidst stressful final exams and projects, I had the lovely opportunity to just slow down for 30 minutes and…


Added by Safety Pins on May 5, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Alien Cartoon' Afrofuturist Fashion Show At Dakar's 100-year-old Train Station

Hi guys, check out the 'Alien Cartoon' project by Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane and her team. They have an Indiegogo campaign if you'd like to support.

Info from the press release: "With Alien Cartoon, her new collection that will be presented in May 2014, Selly Raby Kane throws herself into an urban and futurist Africa, populated by…


Added by Safety Pins on April 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Alternative Fashion by Daft Minerva

Designer Dario Mohr brings his talents as a visual artist and cartoonist to his fashion line Daft Minerva. Hand-painted clothes, accessories such as jewelry and hats, one-of-a-kind pieces, eccentric but accessible.

Check out some of his designs below!

- L.…


Added by Safety Pins on April 29, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

AP Fashion: Spring Trend Report

Letting go of those layers can be daunting. However, Mother Winter has finally eased up! With spring pieces and collections being released faster than greenhouse gases, looking foolish is foreseeable. Even if you’d prefer to fringe on the outside of popular culture and dodge mainstream trends, everyone could use a bit of the fashawns. It is individual interpretation that is paramount.

By Chauncey Glenn, AFROPUNK…


Added by Safety Pins on April 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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