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Murs: Hip-Hop Artist Tries to Find a Balance

Rapper MURS might just be the hardest working man in hip-hop. He is preparing to release his 8th solo disc Fornerver; he is also getting ready to perform at the Paid Dues Festival, an independent hip-hop festival he created! He’s still basking in the praise about the last FELT (FELT: A Tribute to Rosie Perez) disc he recorded with Slug from Atmosphere. He has recorded with punk rockers Whole Wheat Bread…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 9, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

From the royal class to your closet

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I went to check out a speciality shop located in Harlem. Upon arrival, I peered into a foggy glass window of this brownstone building when a petite young lady, jazzed in a dress laced with Kente cloth opened the door. She led me to a humble little space where another young lady sat amongst mannequins dolled in modern business and formal attire with obvious traces of material commonly used in Ghana. To my surprise, these two women who appeared to be…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

WTF?! Confederate History Month?

Alright, let us get this straight. Virginia Governor (Republican Bob McDonnell) has issued a proclamation declaring April 'Confederate History Month', angering Virginia NAACP & Legislative Black Caucus, and other civil rights leaders. Granted, the official declaration only talks about 'understanding' and 'remembering' this part of US History (you know, the part where some White Southerners fought to secede from the Union and uphold slavery). But knowing that the…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

Bands Wanted! Afro-Punk Festival 2010: Who Should Be On The Line-Up???

AP Family, it's that time of year again! We're excited to announce that the 2010 Afro-Punk Festival will hit New York City on June 26th - 27th. This year we are taking the festival to two other cities: Atlanta & Chicago (dates coming soon)!

Most importantly, we need to know which bands from the Afro-Punk community (here on you would like to see tear up that stage! Sound off below with your comments and feel free to add links to the band's page… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — 197 Comments

Pants On The Ground: Is This A Fashion Statement?

With the Stop The Sag campaign in full effect, sagging pants are all over the news. Some go as far as saying that they hurt minorities' image and we are reminded that the trend was born in prisons, where inmates weren't allowed to keep their belts on. What do you all think of the sagging pants style?

- Lou C-D

Click here for more info on the 'Stop The Sag'…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — 31 Comments

O.Children's New Video "Ruins"

Hey guys, we ran something on UK based band O.Children before and we quite like them! So we wanted to share their latest video with you. Let us know what you think! Single to be released on April 19th 2010 + if you're in London you can attend the single release party on April 22! (tickets here)


Added by AFROPUNK on April 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Kelis Goes Electro and Tribal With New Vid & A Free Mixtape!

Kelis released her video for "Acapella", the first single off her forthcoming album Flesh Tone, due out May 17th. The singer is opting for an electro sound this time, as shown by this song and the "Queen of Hearts: Off with their Heads" free mixtape she just released. Watch the "Acapella" video below, showcasing her new tribal… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — 15 Comments

Video: The Noisettes Cover 'Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn't've'!

What happens when one of the hottest UK bands covers a classic pop/punk song? Afro-punk favorites The Noisettes' just released the video for their cover of Buzzcocks' 'Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn't've'. The song was recorded as part of a campaign to celebrate shoe brand Doc Martens' 50th anniversary. Watch the stunning video below!

- L C-D

Bonus: Making…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 16 Comments

LMAO! Mos Def On Yo Gabba Gabba

Alright we love Mos Def even more now that we've seen his special appearance on kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba. Watch him play "Super Mister Super Hero" as he helps rescue a lost monster (wearing spandex and all, a must-see, we're tellin' ya!). You don't wanna miss the sing-along, check out the video below!

- Lou…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

First Black Disney Princess Smashing Stereotypes or Promoting Them?

With The Princess and The Frog, it's the first time a Disney animated movie features a Black princess. Some scholars hail the movie as a milestone in national imagery while magazines such as the Italian Vogue draw a parallel with real life Princess of Liechtenstein Angela Brown (pictured below). But many argue that the movie actually… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 2, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

The Black Weirdo Tour Preview Clip: Sweet Justice

Out on the Black Weirdo Tour, Seattle's own DIY female funk band, THEESatisfaction, take a stroll in the park to give Afro-punk an impromptu sample of their sound. Created by themselves, Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons, are using this tour to spread their messages of queer expression, black consciousness, and gender harmony within and outside United States.…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 2, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Chris Rock and... Crackers? (Outkast Spoof Video)

Chris Rock's unreleased Outkast spoof surfaced online... Okay Chris Rock.. Crackers... No wonder this was unreleased! Is “crackers” a racist term or something we can joke about? We love us some Chris Rock here at Afro-Punk, and we know he hangs out with a lot of white people. Watch the video below and tell us what you… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 2:30pm — 21 Comments

New Janelle Monae Video: "Tightrope"!

Electrifying Afro-Punk diva Janelle Monae just released her video for "Tightrope", the first single off her upcoming album 'The ArchAndroid'. Drawing inspiration from James Brown, and featuring Big Boi from Outkast, the scene takes place in an asylum where dancing is forbidden. If you've been craving for some new Monae material, here's what you've been waiting for. Check it out below and tell us what you think!

- Lou…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

Black Barbie: Appeal or Substance?

Over the years, Barbie has taken quite a change. Yester years vision of Barbie was a fun, beach running, blonde haired beauty whose only care in the world was what she was going to wear and how to accessorize herself. Today's image of Barbie shows us a rather different side of her; she's career driven, mother of two, married to her high school sweetheart.

Black Barbie: Appeal or…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Badu Bares It All: Act of Liberation or PR Stunt?

In her new video, Erykah Badu stirs controversy by getting both fully naked and shot in the head by a sniper in a little over 5 minutes. While Ms. Badu describes the piece as an act of liberation, it has caused quite a turmoil: from Dallas officials saying the the video was shot without a filming permit and that Badu got naked in broad daylight in front of stunned tourists and children, to JFK fans upset that it all took place at almost the exact spot where the late president… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — 57 Comments

Belikos Undressed and Inked Up

So we found this dope band from Ann Arbor, Michigan who recently moved to New York to show off their music skills and fancy talents to the music junkies that tend to flock to the city. A five-piece dance rock band, they sound like Andre 3000 on a good day fused with pure instrumental creativity- sometimes letting brother duo, drummer (Justin),…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 31, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Bad Rabbits Make a Joyful, Funk/Punk Noise

Bad Rabbits is a new band coming straight out of Boston with a very familiar sound. The group has been around for two years and if you miss (or remember) 80’s era Prince and Morris Day, then Bad Rabbits is just what the doctor ordered. The band combines 80’s funk/r&b with a rock attitude that can and will, literally jump out of your speakers.…


Added by AFROPUNK on March 30, 2010 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

WTF Interview with Belikos' guitarist, Keith Reed

So, is Belikos a flower or a drug of some sort? Honestly, I think mo picked it randomly out of a rarely used words book, fucking random right? but the name has evolved in meaning for all of us. at first it was our own spin on the english word bellicose, and we chose it because we felt that that word aptly described our state of mind when on stage. a take no prisoners attitude and a willingness to fight for our music. recently we learned from a fan that Belikos also,…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Petition: Tell The GOP To Address The Racism & Bigotry Within Their Party

Tired of seeing bigots courted by GOP politicians? Advocacy website is collecting online signatures for a petition asking the GOP to stop tolerating and encouraging hate within their party. From their website: "Anti health care protestors shouted racist and homophobic slurs at Black and gay members of Congress. It's not the first time we've seen such hatred. For over a year, the Republican Party has done little to… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on March 26, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

A Review of our Monae at The Black Cat

It had been a year and a half since the last time I saw Janelle Monae live, and even for the tiny poetry club/café setting, you wouldn’t have known it from the show she put on. So I could only imagine what she had planned for The Black Cat, a concert venue in downtown DC. Of course I had to get in first, ‘cause dammit if that line outside the club wasn’t long as hell when I got there around 8:30 p.m. (doors “allegedly”…

Added by AFROPUNK on March 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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