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FEATURE: 'The Questions' - AFROPUNK's Monthly Comic Strip, By Illustrator Branson Belchie II

Every month, illustrator Branson Belchie II creates a comic strip for AFROPUNK that addresses current social issues. This month's comic strip is titled, 'Smoking Gun'.

"'The Questions' are a series of comic strips and illustrations born out of frustration and anger at the injustices society has committed against African Americans. I’m just as tired as you of cops greeting us with guns drawn, asking us questions in threatening tones.…

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FEATURE: Dancer & Actress Karen Bengo And Her ‘LEÇONS’ Short Dance Film

Check out this stunning short dance film from East African Born-British dancer and actress Karen Bengo - 'LEÇONS'. Bengo describes the film, directed by Kyle Stevenson, as ”a reference to the many lessons I have learnt in the process from it being an idea". Adding, "I created this video to cover my journey as a dancer from hip hop to commercial work (working for different music artists) to contemporary. The film also marks a point in my life where i feel like I'm…

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FEATURE: 'Raising Dion' - A Superhero Comic Book, From The Parent's Point Of View

Check out this new superhero comic book, 'Raising Dion' - a superhero's story, but from their parent's point of view. Created by Dennis Liu (with illustrations from Jason Piperberg), the story centers on Nicole; raising her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Liu states, "Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son…

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FASHION: Model Fernando Cabral's Striking Editorial For FashionTrend Australia

Take a look at these captivating images of Fernando Cabral #throwback. Shot by photographer Ricardo Abrahao for FashionTrend Australia, the striking editorial features the African top model (originally from Guinea-Bissau) in an array of bold menswear pieces; including designs from Laurence Bossion, Sasha Kanevski, Emiliano Rinaldi. Explore…

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AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Liz Vice Talks About “Saying Yes” To Music In The Face of Fear #SoundCheck

Liz Vice's raw mix of gospel, soul, and classic R&B has turned heads since she burst on to the scene earlier this year. Her powerful voice draws on a well of deep emotion and faith. From a near fatal illness and life-saving kidney transplant in her early 20's, to her late discovery of her voice, her story is nearly as compelling as her music.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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NEW MUSIC: The Electrifying New Single From Kenyan Metalcore Rockers Last Year’s Tragedy - 'Bury Your Fallen Dreams'

Rock out with the new single from Kenyan Metalcore band Last Year’s Tragedy - 'Bury Your Fallen Dreams'. The Nairobi based group, fronted by David Mburu (aka Chizi), met while attending universities locally and in the UK; and were brought together by their common interest in rock and metal music. Check out the electrifying new track below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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FEATURE: Drinking words at Chez Philo, the only bar owned by an African woman in Tel Aviv

Two steps away from Levinsky square, in Tel-Aviv (Israel), you’ll find a spot like no other. Amid the bustling streets of the city’s most mixed neighborhood, Maman Philomene’s bar is a refuge for the non-Jew Africans and all those in love with French-speaking Africa. The manager was the very first Congolese to emigrate in Israel, some twenty-six years ago. It’s a place I wish to share with…

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AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: 'When We Were Kings' Comic - Chapter 2

AFROPUNK exclusively publishes a new multartist web comic, 'When We Were Kings'. The series, created by Alverne Ball, is a post-apocalyptic story that examines the human nature of survival and its toll on the physical and mental stability of a former astronaut; exploring the perception of human connection, the loss of social laws, and the diminishing of natural resources as it correlates to modern-day life. The series will feature some of the comic industry’s “rising star” Black…

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FASHION: 'All Night Long' Editorial ft. Mari Agory & Natiele in No Tofu Magazine

Photographer Manolo Campion captured models Mari Agory & Natiele in an editorial called 'All Night Long' for the September 2015 issue of No Tofu Magazine. Styled by Anna Katsanis, the mesmerizing series blurs gender lines beautifully. Makeup by William Murphy at Atelier Management. Hair by Stefano Greco at Bryan Bantry. Set design by Ian Salter at De Facto Inc.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Violin Celebrates Freedom and #BlackLivesMatter in 'Stereotypes'

Violin and viola duo Black Violin challenges stereotypes in the video for the lead single from their upcoming album, 'Stereotypes'. Directed by Danny Hastings, the visuals are a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and to people who dare to be free. Band member Wil Baptiste tells us: "All my life I've been black and I've had to live with the reality of who I am versus who I'm perceived to be. As a black Viola player, it's my duty to defy every preconceived notion." …

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Ephemerals' Defiant 'You'll Never See Me Cry'

Today we're premiering 'You'll Never See Me Cry', the first single off London-based soul band Ephemerals' upcoming album, 'Chasin Ghosts'. Singer Wolfgang Valbrun and writer/band leader Hillman Mondegreen's emotional new track prominently features the piano playing of musician James Graham for a defiant anthem about love lost. 'You’ll Never See Me Cry' will be released on October 30th. Expect shows in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Paris leading to a full UK tour at the… Continue

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FASHION: Model Alaud Deng Anei's Arresting One Magazine Editorial

Take a look at the this eye-catching editorial from One Magazine, featuring model Alaud Deng Anei. The bold images were shot by photographer Renata Kaveh and styled by Alexis Honce, and perfectly capture the African model's arresting beauty. Find all the images below (makeup & hair by Aniya Nandy and prop styling…

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FEATURE: 'DayBlack' - Keef Cross' New Graphic Novel About A Black Vampire Tattoo Artist

Check out the new graphic novel series from Atlanta based visual artist Keef Cross - 'DayBlack'. The series centers on vampire Merce, a tattoo artist who became a vampire after he was bitten by one while working in the cotton fields (a slave during the U.S. slavery era). Its creator, also a tattooist, has joined forces with…

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FEATURE: 'The Soles of AFROPUNK' - Photo Series By Sarah Bures

Check out 'The Soles of AFROPUNK', photographer Sarah Bures photography series on the footwear worn at this year's and last year's AFROPUNK Fest in New York. Bures tells us, "As I prepared to attend my first …
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FEATURE: 'Type Faces', The New Series From Visual Artist Samuel Rodriguez - Mixing Typography And Portraiture

Explore the latest work from Samuel Rodriguez, the California based artist known for his portraiture styles of "Topographical Portraiture" and "Type Faces". It's the latter which he focuses on in his new series of work, mixing typography and portraiture. Rodriguez states, "'Type Faces'…

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FEATURE: The 'Power Violence' Sound Of Punk Trio Fat Stupid Ugly People

Rock out to the latest music from New Orleans punk rockers Fat Stupid Ugly People. Consisting of Hollise Murphy (vocals), John Angus Schexnayder (guitar), and Chris Prince (drums), the group are recognised for their 'Power Violence' sound; and for bringing a comedic edge to the aggressive hardcore genre. Murphy …

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FEATURE: 'Niobe: She Is Life' - Amandla Stenberg's Upcoming Comic Book

Check out the cover of Amandla Stenberg's new comic book, 'Niobe: She Is Life' (out in November). According to Bleeding Cool, the actress and activist was working on a prose novel 'Niobe' with fantasy author and publisher Sebastian A. Jones; however the planned novel has now been turned into a comic, with illustrations from Chicago artist…

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NEW MUSIC: Junior Astronomers Share New Single From Their Forthcoming 7", 'Thank You'

Listen to 'Slow Beat', the new single from AFROPUNK Fest alums Junior Astronomers. The North Carolina rockers have released the track as a teaser to their forthcoming EP, out September 29 2015 (the followup to the their 2013 album, 'Dead Nostalgia'). The 7", entitled 'Thank You', will be available on vinyl and digital formats and was recorded and mixed by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business (mastered by Carl Saff). …

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NEW MUSIC: Future-Hop Veteran Giovanni Marks Updates Hip-Hop with New Wave Sensibilities on Two New Releases

If you had read my posts by now, you'd gather that my favorite kinds of hip-hop is the type that constantly challenges the popular notion of what hip-hop is supposed to sound like. Whether they mix genres, do something new with cadence, or what have you, nothing keeps me listening like hip-hop with something fresh attached to it. And no one had brought that to me more consistently than Giovanni Marks. If you were to ask me, I'd say that if you didn't look at the…

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FEATURE: Acclaimed Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Zadie Smith Explore Race And Feminism In New NYPL Podcast

Check out this amazing podcast (via the New York Public Library) with critically acclaimed authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. In their candid conversation (recorded at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), the two writers discuss…

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