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…Continue
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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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor
Photo by Tyler Shields
knows a home
so well inside you
It can't even
call itself by name
You, self righteous
and murderer in
the same sentence
Try and turn
into a graveyard
and name it a playground
Act like you don't
believe in resurrection
In how voices can
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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,…
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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…
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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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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,…Continue
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 …Continue
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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…
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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…
"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…
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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!…
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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.…Continue
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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,…
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…
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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…Continue