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FEATURE: New exhibition on Rotimi Fani-Kayode opens at London's Tiwani Contemporary

'Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)', a solo retrospective of the work of the late photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode opened yesterday in London at Tiwani Contemporary. The exhibition will run till the 1st November. Check out Fani-Kayode's body of work below (NSFW) and get more info on the exhibition HERE.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The work of Moroccan multidisciplinary artist Hassan Hajjaj

Check out the work of Hassan Hajjaj. The 53-year-old multidisciplinary artist was born in Morocco and moved to London as a teenager. Splitting his time between Morocco and London for the last 15 years, he creates works that bridge the West and North African. Hajjaj designs every aspect of what you see in his images, hiring local tailors and artisans to create what is featured and using friends as subjects. Of his work, earlier this year, The New York Times…


Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Two Young Black Female Entrepreneurs Launch Brown Sugar Stickers

Hello AFROPUNK Community, we are two sisters born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. We are Sequoia (18) and Dakota (20), and we want to be a part of the movement of empowering black people. We launched Brown Sugar Stickers to promote awareness for black pride and positivity. Kinky hair and dark skin have been seen as a negative thing in this country for a long time. We made these stickers to take that negative vibe about black people and turn it into a positive one.…


Added by Eye Candy on September 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Viola Davis discusses the struggles of being a black actress in Hollywood

Viola Davis is about to star as the lead in new Shoda Rhimes series 'How to Get Away with Murder'; however, in a recent interview with The New York Times, the actress discusses the present hardships for black actresses - despite the personal breakthroughs of herself and other high profile black actresses. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: With new poem, 'Gather', Alice Walker calls upon the black community to "unite"

Alice Walker has revealed a new poem through her personal WEBSITE, which she dedicates to Carl Dix and Cornel West - both of whom have called for a "month of resistance to mass incarceration, police terror, repression and the criminalization of a generation" next month, October. In the poem, titled 'Gather', the writer and activist calls upon the black community to "unite" in the face of…


Added by Eye Candy on September 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

STREAMING: Kehinde Wiley Documentary, 'An Economy of Truth'

Recently PBS premiered the long-awaited Kehinde Wiley documentary, 'An Economy of Truth", and now it is available for streaming HERERenowned for his depictions of black men, through a reinterpretation of the Grand Masters, the Jeff Dupre directed documentary follows the artist in 2012 as he set his eyes - for the first time in his career - on the black woman. Scouting…


Added by Eye Candy on September 15, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: London-based Adebayo Bolaji tells us his story as a young Black actor, writer and director

So, I’m in rehearsals and talking with with my co-actor Allyson Brown about honesty, relative truth (if there is such a thing) and human behaviour-why people do what they do, yes I know... all very existential in the rehearsal space that day. This rehearsal is for my new play ‘In Bed’, a play about two actors who spend a night together to rehearse a play, but rather than analysing both their characters, the play takes a turn and they both encounter a real-time…


Added by Eye Candy on September 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Death Metal Angola' Doc Getting U.S. Theater Release This Fall

Feature documentary Death Metal Angola has been on our radar for a while, and now it's getting a theater run this fall after being picked up by indie studio The Vladar Company. The release is planned for November 7th 2014 in New York and Los Angeles.

As we've stated before, Angola has had…

Added by Eye Candy on September 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: First Official Poster for 'Dear White People' Movie Designed By Fan

The first official Dear White People movie poster is out and was created by a fan. In case you were living under a rock, the movie tackles stereotypes, micro-aggressions and racism head on. Vulture reports: "The one-sheet was designed by Nikkolas Smith, a 29-year-old architect with a day job working on theme parks… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on September 9, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Nakeya B.: "The Refutation of 'Good' Hair"

The obsession with Afro hair has become one stemming from the feelings of admiration, hate, power, and confusion. All of which are emotions that belong to those of Afro descent and non-Afro descent, some in love with themselves and others battling between theirs and society’s standards of beauty. Back in the 60’s, the afro was an eminent staple of power amongst the world, being the unifying commentary for a people proud of their Nubian heritage. And then, the expository changed;…


Added by Eye Candy on September 8, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Visual Artist, Gordon Skinner: Decolonizing Through Art

The power of art is embedded in the mind of the artist, becoming vulnerable so that it commits to its greatest potential. And though art is indeed subjective, knowing the artist’s muse makes for an even greater understanding of what we see- the product of a brilliant mind! Some people have an innate gift for combing their state of being to their craft and painter, Gordon Skinner happens to be one! There’s an urge to enlighten in which he has commited himself to. Within his… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on September 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Gordon Parks collection will be exhibited this fall at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta

Rare color photographs taken by the late photographer Gordon Parks will be exhibited this fall at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The photos, which were originally taken for a photo essay for Life Magazine in 1956, depict the African American experience of 1950s Alabama, and the racial tensions that dominated the United States at the time (images via Huffington Post).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on August 27, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: I Want To Give A Voice To Young Black People - 'Strolling' Web Series

My name is Cecile Emeke, I’m a filmmaker, writer and artist from London. I have always loved art and life. For some, what I consider life might come under their category of “social issues”, but for me it was my everyday reality. In school art classes, everyone else would paint flowers and self-portraits, whilst I was researching and creating pieces that explored concepts of race, identity and philosophy. But being academically gifted meant I was encouraged to leave my artistic…


Added by Eye Candy on August 27, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

FEATURE: Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) is the voice of Miles Morales, the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' in Cartoon

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is the voice of Miles Morales, the 'Ultimate Spider-Man'. The new cartoon is part of the season premiere of Web Warriors (this Sunday on Disney XD).

Watch a clip below via USA Today!

In 2011, Miles was introduced to comic-book readers in…

Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2014 at 11:44am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK AFTER DARK: Finding Fela Film Screening

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

Knitting Factory, BrooklynNY


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…


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…


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



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…


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…


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

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