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Designer Spotlight: Baruti Libre of Libre Brand - Freedom of Flyness

Meet designer, entrepreneur, and scholar, Baruti Libre (pictured above) of Libre Brand: Freedom of Flyness.  I was fortunate to speak over the phone with the warm spirited, humble, inspiring, and extremely insightful Baruti, discussing not only the vision behind his brand, but the importance of cultural awareness, liberation and much more!  Libre Brand is about instilling this sense of confidence in customers and further, a brand that caters to kings and…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul in Stunning Flaunt Magazine Editorial

South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul is featured in a stunning Flaunt Magazine editorial photographed by Pierre Dal Corso. Style Director: Long Nguyen. Clothes by Elie Saab Haute Couture, Dior and Armani Prive.

Check out some of the images below and visit Flaunt Mag for more.…




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Added by Safety Pins on November 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FASHION: Archetype Magazine's stunning editorial with Sudanese model, Grace Bol

Check out this stunning editorial centred on Sundanese model Grace Bol. The images - taken by photographer Greg Swales - are for the second issue of bi-annual magazine Archetype, and was styled by the magazine's Editor-in-chief and fashion director - Shan Temuri.  Explore the images, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Lupita Nyong'o was told she'd never be married because of her dark skin

Actress Lupita Nyong'o talks colorism with recent comments in Glamour. Nyong'o has become the Magazine's 24th Woman of the Year, and told the magazine about her experiences growing up as a 'Dark Girl': "When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ Nyong'o adds, "I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Eyewear designers Coco & Breezy collaborate with Prince for SNL performance

If you're an AFROPUNK fan you probably know about twin sisters Coco & Breezy. They've hosted Afropunk events and we've featured them on Afropunk.com.

These badass eyewear designers recently collaborated with Prince for his appearance on Saturday Night Live with his band 3RDEYEGIRL. They tell us: "This unique design originated as a digital drawing on his album cover “Art Official Age,”. Coco and Breezy, who grew up only a few minutes from Paisley Park in Chanhassen,…
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Added by Safety Pins on November 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Emoji Express - the online apparel store run by young college entrepreneurs

Check out Emoji Express, the online apparel run by a team of young college entrepreneurs. In addition to working with manufacturers in the United States, the company works in partnership with an African textile company; with an aim to further the African Textile Industry. The team have now set up a Kickstarter to take the company to the next level. Watch the video below to see how you can support.

By Alexander…

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Added by Safety Pins on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tattoo Of The Week: Krystal

Krystal proudly says: "When you're this badass you can still have a forearm tattoo AND a job that pays taxes"! She's our Tattoo of the Week. To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to afropunk@afropunk.com.





-Name:Krystal…

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Added by Safety Pins on October 20, 2014 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Tattoo Of The Week: Meet Simone

Simone hails from Oakland, CA. This badass Black, queer and feminine lady is on her journey to feel comfortable in her own skin. She's our Tattoo Of The Week.

To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to afropunk@afropunk.com.…




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Added by Safety Pins on October 10, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Street Style at Howard University

We believe that style is a form of creative expression that empowers us as we navigate our world and become aware of our place in it. Created in the fall of 2013, Howard Style strives to present a truthful platform for young Black representation, specifically regarding the students of Howard University. Also invested in displaying the work of talented photographers in the community, Howard Style is dedicated to supporting…

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Added by Safety Pins on September 26, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Daily Paper, Spicy Amsterdam-based Fashion Label

Daily Paper, the Amsterdam based menswear label with a recent release of a women’s collection, has the perfect pieces for any wardrobe. Their unique palette, whether a hat, pair of shorts, or tee, are filled with enticing prints, great for the fast approaching fall weather! There is always room to add a few statement pieces to your closet.



Words by Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor *…



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Added by Safety Pins on September 22, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FASHION: FKA Twigs goes Sci-fi for V Magazine editorial

Check out this new editorial for V Magazine which features British singer-songwriter FKA Twigs as a Sci-fi heroine. The stunning editorial was shot by Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on September 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FASHION: Designer Spotlight - NADASHTA by Mitch Moondaé and Mr.Mura Mura

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours unraveling the minds of two young men who truly embody the motivation and passion of artistic innovators of this generation. After journeying out to Brooklyn on a cold and wet day, I was warmly welcomed by Mitch Moondaé…

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Added by Safety Pins on September 4, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

AFRO OF THE DAY - THE PANTENE SERIES

For the month of September, we are running our "AFRO OF THE DAY" series in collaboration with Pantene and photographer, Whitney Richardson (pictured). Each day we will present an image of one or more festival goers, taken at this year's AFROPUNK FEST by Whitney and her team. The person/people…

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Added by Safety Pins on September 3, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

PHOTO SERIES: AFROPUNK Fest Goers Featured in i-D

Well look at that! Not sure if we can handle that much awesomeness. i-D published a photo series by Barbara Anastacio featuring some festival goers from AFROPUNK Fest 2014.

Rock on!

More images here.…




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Added by Safety Pins on September 2, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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) --> …

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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…

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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…

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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…
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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?…



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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…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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