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ENVIROMENT: AFROPUNK and The Friends of Commodore Barry Park's 'It's My Park Day"

Last weekend, AFROPUNK teamed up with The Friends of Commodore Barry Park for 'It's My Park Day' to plant and clean in the park we call home year after year for AFROPUNK FEST. Check out some of the photos here, and make sure you "Like" The Friends of Commodore Barry Park page to hear more about other volunteer…

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Added by The Establishment on October 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: “Things I Wish I’d Known Growing up as a Black Girl Nerd”

Growing up is always tough. But there’s something unique about the black girl nerd experience. There’s no prototype for the black girl nerd; no famous fictional adolescents whose path we could mirror and cling to. I think many of us had to go our own way, figuring everything out as we went along because it felt like we were the only ones. For me, it felt like isolation heaped atop a pile of loneliness. Who can forget those feelings of euphoria upon actually meeting a fellow…

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Added by The Establishment on October 28, 2014 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The North Star School in Ghana Needs a Bus and You Can Be A Part of the Adventure!

It was Saturday night, October 11, 2014, and I was back at Rafa's magical art lounge in Echo Park, which has quickly become one of my favorite spots in LA to check out local bands. It's where I first heard the soul-transforming guitar solos of possessed axe-man Edgar Hernandez, of Blind Owl, after the…

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Added by The Establishment on October 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Voter Suppression Is Very American

Democracy is a word in the United states used very freely and undoubtedly something everyone within this country believes is actively practiced within the confines of the 50 states that come together to make this great union. By definition democracy means, a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representative. Plainly speaking a nation governed by it’s citizens, whom may be elected to lead and…

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Added by The Establishment on October 20, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

ESSAY: Ferguson - Make It Count

Ferguson. So much has been said. Yet there is still so much left to say. The voices of the masses often abstracted and assigned to the seemingly 1-Dimensional of the "black" or of the "poor" has been pushed to their breaking point. Yet again. Structural Racism and Police Brutality have an awful historical Intersection. And you better believe I mean this too in the present tense. This goes for Ferguson as it does…

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Added by The Establishment on October 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Edward E. Baptist's novel, 'The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism''

In a time where more and more people are in favor of reparations for slavery, Edward E. Baptist, a history professor at Cornell University has written a new piece of work on the slave trade and its impact on America's economic innovations: 'The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism' . In a recent interview with The New York Times, the writer states: “The idea that the…

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Added by The Establishment on October 7, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Jamie Kapp's comic strip on "White Privilege"

Check out this funny comic strip regarding white privilege, illustrated by artist Jamie Kapp (via filmsforaction.org).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…









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Added by The Establishment on October 1, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Adrian Peterson, The Hypocrisy of the NFL & White Supremacy in America

Dear EVERYONE,

        I'm sure by now you all have heard of Adrian Peterson's recent child abuse indictment. I've watched a few interviews read his response and the media's take on it. Now the Vikings have barred him from team interactions pending the outcome of the court proceedings. I figured; "I don't have any kids, I don't play in the NFL, I wasn't there and know no details, other than what I've read from other people who basically know…

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Added by The Establishment on September 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: More and more blacks are being entrapped in a "cycle of unpaid tickets and arrest warrants"

In Ferguson, St Louis, there have been longstanding tensions between police and the city's predominately black community; now following the killing of Mike Brown by a white police officer on August 9th, these issues have been brought to the forefront. Now as activists continue to protest police…

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Added by The Establishment on September 10, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

FEATURE: News Flash From #Ferguson Kids to People in Denial: "Racism Is Not Over"

Ferguson kids made this viral video making fun of those who think we're already in a post-racial society and don't want to talk about racism. News Flash: Racism is not over! They know, they live where unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was killed by the police a month ago. Watch 'Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids' below.

The shade! LMAO!…

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Added by The Establishment on September 10, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The night I Became a Soldier and a Black Woman in Ferguson

An independent group of POC artists and activists traveled to Ferguson, MO, the weekend of August 29 - September 1. Their trip was unaffiliated with any organization, though they engaged with several during their trip. Hundreds and thousands of activists traveled to Ferguson that weekend and many are continuing to organize around the issues of police brutality and urban plight. This group will be sharing media content and stories with AFROPUNK in the upcoming weeks about…

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Added by The Establishment on September 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: #BlackOutMonday Encourages Use Of Buying Power To Foster Social Justice

Should we feed a system that doesn't respect/support us? Some believe we should use our buying power to bring attention to our issues. Today is #BlackOutMonday "for all the crimes against our community. For the lives taken, exploitation, injustices". #‎BeTheChange ‪#‎TooManyNames‬

More info below and on the #BeTheChange Movement's website. Share and spread…

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Added by The Establishment on September 8, 2014 at 7:07am — No Comments

FEATURE: AFROPUNK Festival Goers Talk Ferguson, Police Brutality & More

Nearly 30,000 fans flocked daily to the make-shift concert grounds of Commodore Barry Park in Green Point, Brooklyn for the 10th annual AFROPUNK Festival in a celebration of multicultural otherness, but recent events cast a shadow over the weekend.

Within the six weeks preceding the concert, the lives of three black males were taken by police force. The untimely deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Ezell Stewart…

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Added by The Establishment on September 5, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: "I Could Have Been Mike Brown" - Share Your Experience With Profiling & Police Brutality

Inspired by a feature in The Guardian called 'I Could Have Been Mike Brown', we want to hear your stories about being profiled by the police, and police brutality. As we've recently reported from…

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Added by The Establishment on September 2, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: What the News Won't Show: Love, Community in Ferguson

In the face of police brutality and after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a policeman, the people of Ferguson are angry, but also show a deep sense of community and love. People of all ages, from different backgrounds, coming together. And you won't see it on the news. Check out these photos and video by AFROPUNK contributor Brina Joiner. - L.…

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Added by The Establishment on August 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: Rallying in Ferguson

I am not from Ferguson. I'm from a suburb of Boston originally. Prior to Monday, I'd never been to Ferguson, though I've been to St. Louis a number of times. I won't pretend to be an expert on the specific tensions in the area. But I do understand police brutality. The first time I was beaten by the cops was after having had the good fortune to watch the Red Sox win the World Series from a bar under Fenway Park. My fellow revelers and I didn't quite disperse quickly enough and I…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: "Black And Unarmed Women & Girls Killed By Law Enforcement"

Rolereboot.org published a much needed piece titled "Black And Unarmed: Women And Girls Without Weapons Killed By Law Enforcement". It reminds us that "wWhen we talk about police brutality, we often forget about the women who have been killed by police".

Excerpts: "On January 4, 2008, 26-year-old Tarika Wilson was shot and killed in her home while holding her 1-year-old baby in her arms. The infant was shot as well, but survived the injuries. Her other four children, in the…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2014 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "In defense of Black Rage" - Re: Ferguson - via Salon

"In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream". This is the title of a piece by Brittney Cooper published by Salon. 

Excerpts: "I don't support the looting in Ferguson, Missouri. But I'm also tired of "turning the other cheek" and forgiving". (...) "On Saturday a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager on his way to college this week. Brown was shot multiple times, though his hands were in the air.…

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Added by The Establishment on August 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Police brutality continues in Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown

As if murdering unarmed teen Michael Brown wasn't enough, the Ferguson police continues its brutality during the protests that followed the killing: cops are threatening people and protecting businesses. New images by photographer Whitney Curtis for The New York Times are just…

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Added by The Establishment on August 13, 2014 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Campaign Tackles How The Media Portray Black Victims of Shootings

You can always count on mainstream media to pick and choose what they think are the scariest pictures of you they can find, even if you're the victim of the shooting. Remember how they portrayed Trayvon Martin as a thug, conveniently forgetting to show us regular pictures of him and focusing on his grill, hoodie, weed, etc.? More recently they did the same with Mike Brown, who was …

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Added by The Establishment on August 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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