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AFROPUNK AFTER DARK: Finding Fela Film Screening

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM Doors)

Knitting Factory, BrooklynNY
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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Stop Victimizing Africa! The Message Behind New Documentary 'Framed'

Celebrities are always looking for a cause to boost their humanitarian and philanthropic personas and over the past few years, Africa has become that cause. The same celebrities we see on the front of US and People magazine are the individuals slumming it in villages. And it’s not only them. The West as a whole has decidedly taken Africa under its wing and has made it the perfect place for a nationwide empathy movement. Creators of the documentary “Framed” want to make it very…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 22, 2014 at 2:08pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Catch 'What Are You Doing Here?' Author Laina Dawes @ AFROPUNK Fest!

In case you haven't heard the news: Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, will be at AFROPUNK Fest this weekend signing her book.

Here's the press release from her publisher Bazillion Points Books: "Greenlight Bookstore and Bazillion Points Books present renowned music journalist Laina Dawes signing…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 19, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Join THIRTEEN, AFROPUNK & Black Public Media on August 13 for 'Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth'

Join THIRTEEN WNET, AFROPUNK and Black Public Media Wed August 13 at 7pm EST as we present our FREE interactive screening of 'Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth'. Post your thoughts and questions during the screenings or anytime on Twitter with #afropunkwnet

CLICK HERE TO ATTEND SCREENING AND/OR MARK…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 8, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Jamaican Artist Ebony G. Patterson: Exploring Masculinity in Popular Culture

The lives we live mirror the thoughts we entertain, which ultimately creates our diverse cultures by deeming traditions, and beliefs as an important staple in daily routine and practices. Though some notions cause more controversy than others, the Jamaican Reggae-Dancehall culture makes it well known as a collective that being gay is frowned upon which causes an automatic rebellion by those who are openly gay. There must be a way for the two cultures to unite and see how…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FILM: The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) gets US premiere date

The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) – a film about an afro-Venezuelan boy obsessed with straightening his hair - is set to have its stateside premiere on November 19th at NYC’s Film Forum theatre. Prior to its premier on the 19th, the film will is set to screen at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago on 17th and 18th August. 

By Alexander…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: On Male Intimacy, Art… and Healing!

Badaboum… Here starts this piece of a story; a tiny testimony on how you can heal the wounds of being a Man and on top of that be sensitive with an Artiste’s gifts. On how life sometimes brings you opportunities disguised in a casual joke outfit, and how you can surprise yourself way beyond anything you would imagine!

What happens when we, men, are alone with ourselves? What do we feel? How do we act? What about our routines, our rituals? Why do we feel the urge…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FILM: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Over two years ago, we mentioned Thomas Allen Harris' documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; and now the documentary has its US premier next month at the Film Forum in New York on August 27th.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Oddflower: A New Story Project for the Misfits

I was a 13-year-old black girl in Baltimore listening the German industrial metal band, Rammstein. My older brother slipped me their CD, and I replayed songs from the album Sehnsucht exclusively through my headphones—careful to keep the grim, clanging, and completely foreign sounds contained to my ears alone—for fear of being judged. I kindled this smoke screen around most of my life, keeping my interests stashed, my personality sheltered, and my daydreams veiled. I…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: South African Illustrators Redefining the Afro-Aesthetic

The Afrocentric aesthetic has become a cliché within itself. It’s been muffled with defunct and ill-informed iconography and filled to brim with afros, fists and animal prints referenced from overly exhausted templates that expired lifetimes ago. For countless centuries the creative products of Africans have been ornamental to the lives of middle classed Europeans with postcard knowledge of their origins. With our cultural symbols being diluted and simplified to match the drapes…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in Minneapolis

'Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art' showcases Thursday, July 24th at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Midwestern AfroPunks who weren’t privy to the two-part exhibitions at the NYU Grey Arts Gallery and The Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year will now be able to experience the groundbreaking show in Minnesota. A vision of Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the conceptual performance show consists of a…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The New Captain America Is Black

Marvel seems to continue their effort to promote diversity in their characters. After announcing that Prodigy is bisexual and that Thor will be a woman, they've announced that Captain America will now be a Black man.

The Guardian …
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Added by Eye Candy on July 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

FEATURE: Matatu Film Festival Brings Unique Stories to Oakland July 16-19

A film festival spotlighting "unique journeys regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status"? Sounds like a plan! Check out the info we received from the peeps at Matatu Film Festival, which will take place in Oakland, CA, July 16-19.…



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Added by Eye Candy on July 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist American Queen TJD's “my thoughts wear crowns” series

My name is Tiff Davis better know as American Queen TJD. I am a professional abstract visual artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My purpose is to spread positive energy, hope, and motivation through art. Recently, I have been inspired to create a series of queen paintings titled “my thoughts wear crowns” where I place powerful words on top of colorful crowns. My crown structure is inspired by a combination of the Nefertiti crown, African headdress hats warn by Queen Latifah,…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Paper Bag Series with Fine Artist Beth Consetta Rubel

Fine artist Beth Consetta Rubel paints her way into the conversation of race relations that she has witnessed in her small Texas town and across this country. Rubel uses chalk pastels, acrylic, gouache, fabric, and discovered objects to explore the topics of stereotypes, cultural identity, sexuality, politics, Deep South mentality, and media’s role in ignoring all of thee above.

While growing up as a biracial woman of color in Texas (where the Confederate flag still waves…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 14, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Fabrice Monteiro - Captivating Worlds Unknown

In the midst of such a chaotic world full of mischief, injustice and poverty is an optimist who seeks to soothe the world’s friction with captivating brilliant imagery. A motley photo of a protector that arises through scum, gains enough strength to overlook a village that seems to be decaying through dark fog. It is, The Prophecy, a prediction we, the onlookers have no knowledge of yet and may never learn of. This is the vision of Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: First photo of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis surfaces

We know you guys are very excited about Miles Ahead, the upcoming Miles Davis biopic with Don Cheadle playing the lead role, in addition to directing the movie. The first photo of Cheadle as Miles Davis has surfaced. And all we can say is "wow!".

EW reports: "The biopic—which will co-star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy…
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Added by Eye Candy on July 8, 2014 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Through Purp's Lens - Mougabe Saint Louis

There’s a pulse beating through Brooklyn, a subtle movement which embodies remanence of an artistic renaissance. One of its main players is photographer Mougabe’ Saint Louis, commonly known as Purp. A Grenadian born, and Brooklyn raised artist who has his feet firmly pressed into something great. With his work being featured in Jungle Gym Magazine, GIANT Magazine, Con Artist Gallery and countless fashion blogs, he’s still incredibly humble and modest. It’s a great balance of…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Entertaining and Enlightening: "(H)Afrocentric" brings consciousness to comic books

Inspired by her personal interactions with her community college students in San Francisco, Juliana “Jewels” Smith decided that she wanted to reach today’s youth through words and illustrations rather than mere lecture. In her interview with Talia Taylor, Jewels speaks about what specifically sparked the creation of (H)afrocentic the comic book. “I started thinking of different mediums to reach people and comic books felt like the medium that made the most sense”. Cleverly…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Run By The Gun' comic books (and music!) about the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes

Hey guys, we know some of you are big comic book fans, and you're in for a treat! The Run By The Gun series chronicles the lives of the members of a band and the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes. Creators Rey Miranda and Zambia Greene even released music to go with the comic books! Greene says: "It is the music of the band. It is also the soundtrack to the project. I’d personally like to call it the music of early-gentrifying north Brooklyn. It comes…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

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