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REVIEW: Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' Documentary, A Signature Moment In Hip-Hop History

Today, the seminal hip-hop album Nas’ Illmatic is being re-released with bonus tracks. This is a significant moment for hip-hop as a culture. April 19th marked the 20th anniversary of the album and on that day the documentary Time Is Illmatic headed the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film doesn’t gloss over the social conditions that influenced the creation of this landmark album. It is an…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 22, 2014 at 12:43pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'March Of The Gods - Botswana Metalheads' NY Premiere At The People's Film Festival

March Of The Gods - Botswana Metalheads is a documentary about the metal scene in Botswana, including long-time AFROPUNK Fave Wrust! The film will make its New York premiere on May 29th at The People's Film Festival (see info and flyer below).…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 21, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Maya Rudolph Show ft. Raphael Saadiq & Janelle Monae Coming Soon!

Have you heard the news? The Maya Rudolph Show is coming soon with Raphael Saadiq as band leader and Janelle Monae as the first musical guest! NBC announced that the show will air on May 19th at 10pm (it's a one-off for now). Other guests include Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg.

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Added by Eye Candy on April 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Punk Rock Cartoon 'pOny' will rock your socks off!

The punk rock reincarnation of 'Josie and the Pussycats', 'pOny' (people of NY) is a 90s based animation centered around four female bandmates. Odette Cruz (lead vocals), Pauline Tharpe (lead guitarist), Nina Lee (bass), and Yoshiko Yomano (drums) are coming together to steal a spaceship called T.W.A.T (Trans-dimensional, Wormhole, Amplifying, Transport) from their future selves. With their fans, affectionately called the Ponytails, their trusty robot companion K.E.V.I.N and…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 16, 2014 at 12:31pm — 5 Comments

BOOK: 'The Black Panthers Speak' is back in print!

'The Black Panthers Speak' is back in print! This book features writings by Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, David Hilliard, and Fred Hampton, Kathleen Cleaver and other Panther women. You can get it from publisher Haymarket Books here.

Info: "From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 15, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie rock pop band Phox reveals new single 'Slow Motion'

Indie rock pop band Phox revealed their new single 'Slow Motion'! Check it out below. Their self-titled upcoming album is available for pre-order at phoxband.com.

First, a little reminder of how dope Phox are :)





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Added by Eye Candy on April 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Eye-Grabbing Photography by Ravi Balineni

Always great to see talent in the community! Photographer Ravi Balineni shared some eye-grabbing images from his portfolio. Check them out!

(Model: Yanique)…





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Added by Eye Candy on April 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Op-Ed: In Search of the Redeemed Black Woman in Antebellum Film

With the critical successes of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, stories of African American redemption seem to be en vogue. This marks a new direction in the tradition of film and hopefully forecasts the arrival of "new" stories of African American triumph. The trouble with telling our stories, however, is the trauma. How many times can we view the "same" narrative of victimhood and subjugation? This of course is the common query of those who wish we…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 9, 2014 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

'Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll' Online Screening With Thirtheen, April 9 at 7pm EST

Do you guys know about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll? We're very excited to partner with Thirteen to bring you an interactive online screening of 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll' (American Masters series), on April 9th 2014 at 7pm EST (i.e. New York time).

Join us at https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/px0bk to watch and chat with us!

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Added by Eye Candy on April 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Malick Sidibe: Mali's Life & Times

Mali-born artist Malick Sidibe has become a icon within the firmament of the West African country’s art world and history, as a photographer documenting his country’s shift from being a French colony to gaining independence on September 22, 1960. Sidibe’s photos are all honest imagery mirroring the Malians' stress, beauty, perseverance, and freedom from the days of bondage, and its current state of the union.



By Tip Jordan,…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

FILM REVIEW: 'Anita' - She Spoke Up So Our Voice Could Count at The Table

Anita - Speaking The Truth To Power is an independent film directed by Freida Mock. The movie confronts multiple layers of the sexism Anita Hill experienced in the workplace. In 1991, when she accused then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, what made it difficult for Hill to tell her story was the belittlement of her legitimate place as a woman in society. However, she…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 1, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Gian Paolo La Barbera: Psychedelic Soul Art

When given a taste of the world Jimi Hendrix visited when performing, Brazilian artist Gian Paolo La Barbera created a kaleidoscopic piece representing the legend. As Hendrix's melodies jump from his tongue, and his hair flow amidst the soothing frequency of his guitar strings, we fall victim to creativity’s seduction once more!



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 1, 2014 at 9:45am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Activist and Model Tico Armand Shares Her Powerful Story

Her story is one of great joy and great pain, struggles, self-acceptance, identity, abuse, trauma. Haitian activist and model Tico Armand exposes her truth. From being a baby born into poverty in Haiti, to her move to Brooklyn as a young girl and the adversities she’s had to endure, her experiences filled her with the strength and the motivation to succeed. She is now an accomplished model who has graced the pages of various magazines, and runways across the…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 1, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Watch the trailer for 'Begin Again' Featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) in the trailer for 'Begin Again', the latest film from writer-director John Carney.

The movie will be released on July 4 and also features Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Cee-Lo Green, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and James Corden.

PR: "Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine)…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Watch Kenyan sci-fi short film Pumzi in full!

Look what we stumbled upon! Kenyan sci-fi short film 'Pumzi' brings you Afrofuturism at its best. It was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu and was brought to our attention via For Harriet. Check out the full movie below!



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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Meet Illustrator Barrington Braithwaite

Guyana-based illustrator Barrington Braithwaite is feature on Design Week. Writer Jon Daniel interviewed the artist.

"Many artists and entertainers have roots in Guyana, such as the distinguished playwright, poet and author John Agard; British-based actors Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder and Cy Grant; and musicians such as Phil Lynott,, global superstar Rihanna and Eddy Grant, the platinum-selling musician and entrepreneur. It was Eddy who first mentioned the…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Soul Train & 'The Hippest Trip in America' Book Celebrated on National TV

The legacy of TV show 'Soul Train' and Nelson George's new book The Hippest Trip in America, Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style were spotlighted on CBS this week.

The Hippest Trip in America is out now and can be purchased here.…



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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Carla Aaron-Lopez: Afro-Futuristic Collages and Photography

Flirtatious glimpses of a galaxy, Notorious B.I.G., Black women, and Marcus Garvey placed in colorful collages instantly grabbed my interest as I analyzed the vibrant, afro-futuristic images I admired. There’s something about fluorescent tones, brown skin, and imagination that drives me to the brink of insanity. The work of visual artist Carla Aaron-Lopez is beyond fantastic, to say the least.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Mario Epanya: Coloring African Beauty

Photographer Mario Epanya recognizes the authentic exquisiteness that stems deep from beauty’s own mystical abyss. Dark skin, bright colors and eyes that hold the keys to truth easily consume their viewer; how can you not be in awe of heaven’s allure. His images are evident of the world's appreciation for Afro people and our concrete impact in the world of fashion. What makes his artistry even more supreme is that, the images of nudity not only magnify the nature of woman and…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Nelson George's New Book 'The Hippest Trip in America' Celebrates Soul Train

Author Nelson George's latest book The Hippest Trip in America, Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style will be released tomorrow and you can get it right here! Publisher Harper Collins shared the following information: "When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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