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FILM: Steve McQueen and Harry Belafonte set to join forces for Paul Robeson biopic

Award winning visual artist Steve McQueen, now noted for his directorial achievements in cinema - '12 Years A Slave', 'Shame' - has now announced that he will collaborate with Harry Belafonte to produce a film about the late American Singer, actor, and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson. During the announcement, McQueen disclosed that he's wanted to make a Robeson biopic for the past six years; but just didn't have the power to do so.…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: 'Bananas About Bananas' - the work of Ricardo Rivera

Bananas have always been both exoticized and eroticized in our popular culture - think Josephine Baker's 'The Banana Dance'; so it's interesting to see the way that New York based fashion photographer Ricardo Rivera incorporates the phallic fruit into a body of work that deals so beautifully with dark skin and the black body. Explore Rivera's…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgett M. Davis - 'Into the Go-Slow'

Bridgett M. Davis’s latest novel Into the Go-Slow is a remarkable tale that powerfully addresses the challenges that arise while on the search for the often hidden and misconstrued answers to life. Davis takes you on this adventure through the lens of a young, black woman from Detroit named Angie. Angie is in a very critical point in her life where she is trying to find meaning and purpose amidst the whirlwind that she has been tossed into. The death of her eldest…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 18, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FILM: Award winning documentary Death Metal Angola gets its NYC theatrical premiere this week

The award winning documentary Death Metal Angola will get its NYC theatrical premiere this week at Cinema Village, 7pm on Friday 21st. The film tells the story of Sonia Ferreira, 'a war survivor, lover of rock music, and mother to 55 orphans - as she and her partner, the Death Metal musician Wilker Flores, launch Angola's first-ever national rock concert.'  Watch the trailer, below; and for more info on the premiere - which will include a…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ART: Brooklyn Museum will exhibit rare pieces from the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Since his untimely death at the age of 27 in 1988, Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has become somewhat of a cult figure - akin to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Demand for new Basquiat pieces continues to grow, and his works remain highly collectable; one piece selling last year at auction for $23.7 million - for an artist from such humble and troubled beginnings. Now fans of the artist will have the opportunity to see his never-before-seen work - in an…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 17, 2014 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Young cartoonist Calyn Pickens-Rich shares her story

Apparently, someone writes Dill’s comics. I am Calyn, a young Paris-dwelling-afro-wearing-temporary-tattoo-sporting full-time artist, part time mad scientist and occasional technical captain. I am the creator of Dill. 

When I was one of those drooling discombobulated speech patterned six years olds, I came up with a character. At the time, he was all I used to ever draw, to the point of general teacher frustration. So, my mother introduced me to Charles Schulz.…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 12, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Braamfontein’s gold - Vibrant Cultural Scenes in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is an unbeatable blend of stunning nature and a colorful collection of humans. This secret gem was revealed to me by my mother, an avid traveler herself. I expected nothing when I made plans to visit Johannesburg but instead I left with an enriched soul and a renewed mind because of the characters I encountered while scanning the street for charismatic faces.

Thanks to the guidance of new friends, I was introduced to two very important cultural gatherings in…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Skin is set to star in upcoming sci-fi film, 'Andron: The Black Labyrinth

Skin will feature in upcoming sci-fi film 'Andron: The Black Labyrinth'. It's yet to be announced the role that the iconic Skunk Anansie frontwoman will play, but it's been reported that the film is about a group of young men and women who awake in a dark, claustrophobic maze. All are unable to remember who they are or how they got stuck in the black labyrinth, and must work together to escape. The film, which is currently in production,…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Issa Rae releases 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' book

If you haven't heard of 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl', you probably don't use the internet. The award-winning web series  that follows the life of an awkward Black girl named 'J'  has become one of the most talked about and successful shows to come from the interweb, attracting attention from the likes of Oprah Winfrey. Now the star and creator of that show, Issa Rae, has put her funny words to hardback as she releases her new book - aptly named The…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 11, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Erykah Badu and Chance the Rapper guest star in 'Black Dynamite' as Rita and Bob Marley

Check out Erykah Badu's cameo on Adult Swim's animated comedy 'Black Dynamite' - playing the role of Rita Marley. Joining Erykah in the latest episode of the cartoon show - an adaptation of a 2009 Blaxploitation film of the same name - is Chance the rapper, who plays the legendary Bob Marley. Get into the stream, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 10, 2014 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

PHOTOGRAPHY: 'Tribe of Ghosts: Albinism in Tanzania' - the work of Jacquelyn Martin

In Tanzania, albinos are often killed or mutilated in order to use their body parts for traditional medicines. Through photography, American photojournalist Jacquelyn Martin has brought to light the plight of this shunned and disenfranchised community of east Africans - many of whom suffer from skin cancer due to their albinism. A staff photojournalist with the Associated Press, Martin's most notable project is 'Tribe of Ghosts: Albinism in Tanzania', where she…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 5, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

PHOTOGRAPHY: An exploration of dark skin - new photobook, 'Dark Girls"

A few years back, the documentary 'Dark Girls' aired on Oprah's OWN network and became one of the network's most highest rated shows. That documentary seeked to explore the deep-seated attitudes about skin color - particularly attitudes towards dark skinned women. Now filmmaker Bill Duke, one of the directors of the documentary, has decided to address the issue with a book; but rather than an essayic exploration of dark…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Peep Game Comix is expanding its catalogue and accepting submissions

Peep Game Comix is calling all Black independent comic book creators! The digital comic book platform - which launched in may - is focused on supporting the work of African American authors, artists and publishers in the comic book industry, and the organization has now set up a challenge to extend their catalog to 52 comic books by January 1st and are accepting submissions from Black independent comic book creators (submission link below). Currently Peep Game…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 4, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FILM: Black Panther coming to the big screen, with Chadwick Boseman as the leading man

For a long while now, the comic book industry has been criticised for its lack of diversity; even more so in relation to film. With the film industry now heavily invested in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life, many have been left disappointed by the shelving of our favorite superheros of color; never seeing the translation to the silver screen like their white counterparts. However, with news that Marvel Studios have signed Chadwick…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 29, 2014 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

FEATURE: A raw review of 'Dear White People' by an AFROPUNK community member

I got to see the much talked about Dear White People movie. To me, the most telling part of it has less to do with what is inside of the movie. It has to do with what is out. As I went to the indie movie theater, I found that there were a large plethora of white people young and old who went to see the movie, which wonderfully contradicts the comments section filled with "victims" on YouTube. The reason I had to point this out was because the movie may be called…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 28, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Tribeca Film Institute's documentary filmmaker fund

If you've come across our current REELS 13 competition, you'll be fully aware that AFROPUNK are fully dedicated to supporting filmmakers from our community; so if you're an established or budding filmmaker, the following information is just for you: the Tribeca Film Institute is currently accepting applications for its documentary filmmaker fund. The…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist Komi Olaf: Art of Purpose

There is a magnetic power that lies beyond art’s surface and elevates the minds of those who are unafraid to experience its field. Every color, shape, line, and symbol an Artist joins together tell of a story— their personal odyssey, whether in parables or a masterpiece with details equated to that of a novel’s. Understanding art at this capacity sets apart the drawers from Creators, using their divine capability to mirror their anguish, love, guilt, and joy. Painter…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Creating new narratives, Folasade Adeoso's digital collages

This summer we wrote on Nigerian/Canadian model/artist Folasade Adeoso and her headwrap collection, '1953'. We now turn the spotlight on to the art of this New York based digital designer. With her signature digital collages, Adesoso is gradually making a name for herself. Normally using ethnographic photgraphy, Adeoso takes photographs and attempts to give these base images new narratives; often obscuring the faces of her subjects with flowers. At times, she also uses…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Craig muMs Grant Story

Hip-hop: is an organism made of elements all of its own. Giving voice to artist is one of the most essential components to sustaining hip-hop’s authenticity. Craig muMs Grant is a New York based Poet, Actor and Playwright. His story, Sucker Free Emcee is a lyrical journey of spoken word. The show is underpinned by the beats of Legendary DJ/Producer/Poet Rich Medina harkening back to the birth of hip-hop. He spit, he sweat, he gave us the truth of growing up in the Bronx to…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 27, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: South African artist OHYESLORD's vibrant illustrations

I've been a fan of OHYESLORD's work for a while, and when I thought of the idea to start an online mag/blog he was one of the first people to come to mind that I could possibly feature, so I was very excited when he agreed. Born in Pretoria and now based in Jahannesburg, OHYESLORD is self-taught, which I would have never guessed had he not mentioned it. His style of illustration is very unique and on a high standard when it comes to digital illustration. His ability proves that…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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