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FASHION: Angolan Designer Rose Palhares' Spring/ Summer 2016 Lookbook - By Photographer Antonio Medeiros

Take a look at the brand new lookbook from acclaimed Angolan fashion designer Rose Palhares, for her Spring/ Summer 2016 collection. The striking photos - shot by photographer António Medeiros - feature models Elsa Baldaia & Silvia Costa (sporting bantu knots) and perfectly showcase Palhares' signature vibrancy. Explore the lookbook…


Added by Safety Pins on November 27, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" - The Anti-Racism Photo Campaign by Afro-Brazilian students

Check out the "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" photo campaign! The anti-racism campaign, by Afro-Brazilian students via Tumblr, was founded by Lorraine Monique (an Anthropology student at the University of Brasilia) - inspired by the 'I, Too, Am Harvard' campaign, created by black students at Harvard University.…


Added by The Establishment on November 27, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'The Lingering Effects of Disconnection' - UK singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko's "Raw, Authentic & Ultimately Cathartic" New EP

Today we're premiering the new EP from UK singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko, 'The Lingering Effects of Disconnection' (described by the Nottingham-based musician as, "raw, authentic & ultimately cathartic"). His camp state: "With roots in Uganda and the UK, Daudi’s love affair with music began at the tender age of 8, and began to flourish during his…


Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' Exhibition, By Ghanaian-American Artist Kojo Owusu-Kusi (aka Citizins)

Explore the art of the 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra' exhibition - Visual artist Kojo 'Citizins' Owusu-Kusi's solo exhibit, which kicks off tonight (Friday November 27th 2015) at 8pm at the Stuyvesant Mansion in Brooklyn, NY. The showcased work explores the dual identity of the Ghanaian-American artist, featuring art and…


Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'But You Caint Use My Phone' - Erykah Badu Drops Her Brand New Mixtape!

It's finally here! Legendary soulstress Erykah Badu has dropped her new mixtape, entitled 'But You Cain’t Use My Phone' (a reference to her classic song, 'Tyrone'). The 11-track collection is Badu's first full-length project since her 2010 offering, 'New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh); and features the…


Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Project Black Pantera's Debut Album Is The Best Metal Record of the Year #SoundCheck

Let's start by throwing objectivity out the window. I've been digging Project Black Pantera hard since they first exploded out of my headphones last year. So that bias is there. Also they have a song about Godzilla which is a surefire way to my heart. Lastly, their debut record closes with a mash-up I produced of their “Execucão na Av 38” with J Cole's live performance of “Be Free” for AFROPUNK's mixtape #002, so I'm uniquely unqualified to review this album. That being said,…


Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Ku Klux Klan

By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo by Tyler Shields


knows a home

so well inside you

It can't even

call itself by name

Don't even


itself separate

You, self righteous

and murderer in

the same sentence

Try and turn

Black America

into a graveyard

and name it a playground

Act like you don't

believe in resurrection

In how voices can

be both…


Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "A reflection of African beauty and botany" - Photographer Krisjan Rossouw's haunting images

Cape Town based photographer Krisjan Rossouw is self-taught and his work is not any less captivating. Whether he's creating sensual pieces for his 'Dark Paradise' photo series/exhibition, or show-stopping fashion imagery, it's hard to look away.

Check out some of his pictures below, including pieces from the 'Dark Paradise' series, "shot over a period of two and a half years in Cape Town and features subjects from Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Roxanne Tataei - Sweet Poison (Live)

As U.K. artist Roxanne Tataei gears up for the release of her EP 'Grey Area' on November 27th, we're premiering the video for 'Sweet Poison' (Live), a raw song about a destructive relationship.

Tataei tells us: "This is a bitter-sweet melody depicting all consuming, toxic L.O.V.E. It will make you say & do things you'd never dream. For most of my life, I thought it was a weakness to be vulnerable, but it's now something I embrace. No smoke & mirrors in this track…


Added by Sound Check on November 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Reign

Here is this week's Mokshini fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!). Meet Reign, accessory designer at Palais Apiim/curator of the most beautiful and inspiring outfits! @reignpalaisapiim

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor…


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FEATURE: "light, texture, mood" - àsìkò fine art photography by Ade Okelarin

àsìkò, aka photographer Ade Okelarin, creates jaw-dropping conceptual pictures. Focusing mostly on portraits, the London-based artist's work conveys a strong narrative. He writes: "I am a self-taught concept driven photographer who creates emotionally resonate images that are drawn from my experiences. I explore my ideas using portraiture, fabric and adornment, as I am interested in ethnography and how cultures express themselves visually. My work is layered in light, texture,…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: #NotOneDime Campaign Reconducted This Year to fight Racism and Police Brutality #BlackFriday #CyberMonday

In a capitalist society, one of the most efficient ways to make your voice heard is through your buying power. The team behind last year's #NotOneDime campaign, an economic boycott to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson which contributed to an …


Added by The Establishment on November 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Gêmeos' - Brazilian Photographer Viny Soares Celebrates Brotherly Love with Twins Raul & Juan Moa

Salvador (Brazil) based photographer Viny Soares was inspired by the Brazilian Black awareness celebration day for this shoot with Bahia twin brothers Raul & Juan Moa.

He told us: "Fis este trabalho para fortalecer a luta do negro e em comemoracao do dia nacional da consciencia negra."

The result is a stunning celebration of…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Darkness' - A Poem By Binta Talla

Writer Binta Talla shares a powerful poem about her dark skin, her pride, colorism and what she went through because of prejudice against people with dark skin.

Here is 'Darkness':

While it disturbs you

It empowers me

While it scares you

It encourages me

While it repulses you

It makes me cuter

You say that my skin makes me inferior

I reply that it gave rise to a warrior…


Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Brooklyn Lyricist Ace Clark Shares His New Single 'Melanin' ft. Cato

"I'm so thankful for the skin I'm in, I'm so proud of all my melanin". This is how Brooklyn lyricist Ace Clark's inspirational new single 'Melanin' starts. The track was produced by produced by Tone Jonez and features soul singer Cato.

Ace Clark tells us: "I just wanted to lift up my people. In trying times it's easy to lose who you are or question why you are dealing with the trials and tribulations. This was just my way of giving back to my culture and showing appreciation…


Added by Sound Check on November 24, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Marcha da Consciência Negra São Paulo 2015 - São Paulo’s Black Consciousness March

Black Pride, Black Love, Black Consciousness. Afro-Brazilians are standing strong and made the world notice at the 'Marcha da Consciência Negra' in São Paulo over the weekend (November 20).

Local collective AfroGuerrilha is sharing this photo essay with us. Pictures taken by photographer Vinicius Gomes.

Check it out below!…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Restored James Baldwin documentary timely as ever"

1989 documentary 'James Baldwin: The Price Of The Ticket' has been digitally restored and was recently shown in Chacago. Nina Metz of Chicago Tribune reports: "Originally conceived as a cinema verite project, the filmmakers were to follow Baldwin as he worked on his next book.…


Added by Eye Candy on November 23, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Super dapper suits by designer Braima Sori Ba's BSB Hamburg Fashion

Designer Braima Sori Ba was born in Guinea Bissau and raised in Portugal. No wonder his indie clothing line BSB Hamburg Fashion blends African and Western styles.

"An expression to overcome cultural barriers and norms" as he puts it. "For the last 25 years i lived in Hamburg – Germany –, where I started my own fashion label BSB. My store is located in Hamburg’s young,…


Added by Safety Pins on November 23, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Brazilian Psychedelic Quartet Boogarins' Latest Is a Beautiful Tangle of Melody and Noise #SoundCheck

Dinho Almeida and Benke Ferraz have been making music together since childhood, so it's no wonder Boogarins' latest full length Manual ou Guia Livre de Dissolução dos Sonhos (aka Manual) has a lived in chemistry at its heart. While the psychedelic record has no shortage of spaced-out jams and effects-laden solos, what makes Manual special is the interplay between the quartet.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on November 23, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - The Latest Photo Series From Guadeloupean Filmmaker & Photographer Damien Jélaine

Check out the latest photo series from Guadeloupean photographer and filmmaker Damien Jélaine, entitled 'Between concrete and flesh: Us.' - a series that centers on three dancers (Joy Mass, Ablaye Dadinio Jhones, and Brandon Miel Masele). Jélaine tells us: This is my very last work before…


Added by Eye Candy on November 20, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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