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FEATURE: Bi-costal visual artist Jabari Jacobs shows off some serious editorial photography chops

Jabari Jacobs is a seriously talented, multi-purpose bi-costal photographer. Jacobs excels at everything from live musical performance photography, commercial and experimental editorial. His work has been commissioned by the likes of Interview Magazine, Paper, NY Times, BET, MTV, Wilhelmina, The Fader, Paper Mag, Pitchfork, and way, way more. You may have seen his photography as the cover art for some of our favorite records, like The Internet’s ‘Ego Death’.…



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Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Ill Fated Natives 'Savages EP' Draws Solidarity Among Indigenous People The World Over With Their Powerful Blues Stomp #SoundCheck

With a murky blues stomp and spiritually ecstatic vocals and instrumental work, Philly's Ill Fated Natives achieve the seemingly impossible with their debut EP: they conjure the feel of getting lost in a damn good live performance on record. There's an honest musical chemistry between the members that helps the members trace the line between songwriting and jams, and the interplay between guitarist Otheni Thompson and Joseph Pointer is intoxicating, as on the epic coda to…

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED | To Black Women: No, Azealia Banks is not the reason why "no one wants to work with us"

I heard of Azealia Banks in early 2012, while still in high school, still living in Germantown, Maryland. This was around the same that I discovered Mykki Blanco, Cakes da Killa, LE1F, and Junglepussy. This was the new exciting sound coming out New York’s queer, inclusive, underground arts scene—I use the term “inclusive” loosely, as it’s only as inclusive as New Yorkers ever could be. Around this time, there were a lot of underground musicians on the West Coast…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 25, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Paris-based songstress NORAA heads to tropical Jamaica in Patrice-directed video ‘By You’

Our first premiere of the day comes from Paris-based German-Chadian singer/songwriter NORAA. 'By You', which is directed by Sierra Leonean-German producer and reggae musician Patrice, finds the songstress amongst the tropical Jamaican landscape, shrouded in an ethereal, dream-like glow. “’By you’ came a long way. First idea was recorded in a bathroom somewhere in Europe while being on tour. Then later produced in Paris and now visualized in Jamaica by Patrice,” NORAA tells…

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Rocker Andy Miles releases DIY punk-rock track 'Constitution Hill' under newly launched Limited Space Records

As most budding/struggling/starving artist know, the wait for world-wide success, or, at the very least, steady opportunities for exposure and money-making can take a lifetime. That’s why multi-talented artist like Milan-born rocker Andy Miles are taking matters into their own hands. Now based in London, Miles and collaborator Danny Bradshaw are known as the punk-rock duo, The Connectors. As a solo artist, Miles has begun releasing DIY, self-produced tunes under the banner…

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Added by Sound Check on May 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: French-Congolese fashion designer Natty Kongo mixes punk style with ancient African iconography

Natty Kongo is a French-Congolese fashion designer and musician who draws much of his design inspiration from rock-n-roll culture, abstract neo-expressionist artist like Basquiat, and African iconography and symbols. “During a trip to Kinshasa, an ancestral vision was revealed to me by elder Mangongele, which inspired the creation of an artistic concept and clothing line, as a tribute to our African heritage,” Kongo told us. Check out Natty Kongo’s most recent collection,…

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Added by Safety Pins on May 25, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual artist Daniela Yohannes explores the metaphysical on the road to self-discovery

Before we are born expectations are immediately assumed for us and individuality is often times not promoted. In the case of British artist Daniela Yohannes, she has found refuge, enlightenment, and guidance through her wondrous paintings of surrealism & abstraction. Life experiences have enabled her to break free of the artifices society has created. She has used art to help redefine not only herself but also provide a perspective for others to the same. Daniela inputs…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 25, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

FEATURE: London-based photographer Ade Okelarin presents dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable attributes in ‘Skin’ project

Scarfication isn’t for the faint of heart, but even if you’re not bold/brave enough or interested in marking your body with raised scars, boy oh boy, do they look neat. Photographer Ade Okelarin’s (aka àsìkò) ‘Skin’ project presents a dynamic juxtaposition of remarkable traits; including a pair of freckle-kissed black gingers. The London-based artist is known for his highly conceptualized and stirring editorials that linger in your mind long after viewing them. Check ‘Skin’…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Gun used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin reportedly sold for $138,900

In this week’s edition of News That Makes Me Sick, that grown man who stalked and murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sold the murder weapon on United Gun Group where a user named “John Smith” (who claimed to be from Alabama) won with a last minute bid of $138,900. George Zimmerman’s decision to sell the firearm that enabled him to murder an unarmed minor marks a particularly ugly and shameful example of the callousness towards and dehumanization of black lives and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Seinabo Sey's 'Poetic' Gets An Icy Chill On The Norde Remix #SoundCheck

Seinabo Sey is quickly becoming a bright spot in the underground, her music riding the fine line between pop polish and raw emotion. “Sorry,” her latest single off the wall-to-wall dopeness of Pretend just got a reworking courtesy of Norde. It's an iced down breath of cold air, with warped vocals loping and looping over themselves into an ethereal blast of melody. The track joins other remixes from her Sorry Remix EP, which includes mixes by Junge Junge,…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

FEATURE: Salvador-based photographer Tamires Allmeida uses artistic representation as a form of protest with AFROdivasedivos

AFROdivasedivos is a photographic project from Salvador-based artist, Tamires Allmeida. “The project is not only a photo shoot, it is a form of protest. A form of repositioning blackness within our universe.” A quote from poet Jonatas Cesario from whom Allmeida drew inspiration from in creating this representational project. The vastness of AFROdivasedivos is impressive on its own and the images themselves are certainly compelling to look at. They range in style…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indianapolis’ White Moms make us swoon with captivating mix of punk rock and electronic weirdness

Their band name alone is enough to make you swoon, Indianapolis’ own White Moms has a dizzying and captivating body of work. Rock-n-roll at their core, White Moms mix punk rock with electronic ambience and dreamy shoegaze. Their newest release, ‘White Wine’ (listen below) is raw with garage rock riffs and lo-fi static and elements of the psychedelic. Very cool, unique, and refreshing. Check ‘em out down below.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 5:33pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow and Michael Cera collaborate for dreamy lullaby-of-a-track ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’

A few days ago Willow and DJ Michael Cera (???) released a music-like track called ‘twentyfortyeight2.0’. The spoken word release runs only 1:47 minutes long and is set to an ambient, kind of numinous soundscape that meanders somewhere above the clouds and between Mars. The whole thing is very cinematic and it would be interesting to hear an expanded version in the future.…

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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

NEW VIDEO: Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência releases empowering tribute video for Brazil’s Slavery Abolishment Day

The Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência launched the music video for his new single on the Brazilian Slavery Abolishment Day and remembers: if the things are looking black, the things are looking good.



"A coisa tá preta (things are looking black)”, title of this new single, is an expression often used in Brazil to say that something is too hard, bad, ugly. It is one of many expressions used in Brazil that carry a legacy of the slavery times in that country. Always…
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Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddaviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits." …

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Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2016 at 12:09pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Tacoma-based artist Perry Paints creates imaginative magical realism watercolor portraits

Perry Paints is a surrealist watercolor painter and portrait artist from Tacoma, WA. Perry, who is inspired by women of color, depicts just that! Many of his portraits are rooted in magical realism while the others content elements of surrealism, like the seamless allusions to the sea and of marine life seen with the blue-haired character below or the woman with her head, literally, in the clouds. Check out some of Perry's portraits below then hop to his Society6…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 4:44pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Members Working On 'Prophets of Rage' Supergroup

Welp, the initial reports of a Rage Against the Machine reunion were slightly misguided, but not totally off the mark. After the pretty ominous, uprising-themed ad campaign (pictured below) alluding to a comeback emerged right in the midst of the 2016 Presidential Election clusterfuck, whispers of a possible Rage Against resurgence spread across the web. So when Public Enemy’s Chuck D tweeted a clip of one of the collective’s 2010 performance in London, the correlation…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 22-year-old digital sculpture artist Deji Onwugbufor creates impressively detailed fictional and historical 3D illustrations

Check out some impressively detailed 3D illustrations from 22-year-old digital sculpture Deji Onwugbufor. The London-based artist creates absolutely gorgeous renderings that are inspired by art history, religious history, social issues and whatever else bubbles up in his imagination. My personal favorite is the black Jesus, of course, because what other color would a man born in a Bronze Age Palestine be? Check them out down below.



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Added by Eye Candy on May 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: SZA drops stellar reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" with ‘twoAM’

Ahead of the follow up release to her (fantastic) 2014 debut LP, SZA drops ‘twoAM’. The ambient, chill, and sensual track is a reworking of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake's "Come and See Me" and is easily the better of the two. Like many of SZA’s songs, this one sounds like the most relatable diary entry ever—personal, intimate, and emotionally honest. ‘twoAM’ envelops you with warmth and familiarity in the way we’ve come to expect from SZA and hope to hear more of in the…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Bruno Gomes heads to Rio’s The Rocinha district for ‘DONA’ fashion editorial

Bruno Gomes is one of our favorite Brazilian photographers around right now—you might be familiar with his work. If not, check out this beautiful editorial, 'DONA', which was shot in The Rocinha district of Rio de Janeiro. Gomes chose this area to experiment with angles and lightening and to take advantage of the local marketplaces, scenic backstreets, and vegetation. Scroll below to check it out!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…

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