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FASHION: Street Style by Whosthefreshest (Janet Woo)

Take a look at these dope ass images from photographer Whosthefreshest (Janet Woo) - the latest of her Street Style series for AFROPUNK (shot entirely on the streets of NYC).



Added by Safety Pins on May 22, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Importance of a Sitting - Portraits, Myths, and Politics of Black America Today

I currently live in New York, but the idea of 'The Importance' project finds its roots in my hometown of Baltimore. The idea had been floating around my head for some time, growing legs after the murder of Eric Garner. In New York there was a mural created for him in front of Spike Lee's studio. The mural featured an outdated prom photo of Eric. Many people were confused as to why they used such an old photo, but in the Black community this is far too…


Added by Eye Candy on May 22, 2015 at 7:40am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Zoë Kravitz Features In GQ Magazine's June Issue

Take a look at Zoë Kravitz's stunning GQ Magazine editorial. The images, shot by photographer Steven Pan, are inspired by the actress and musician's kickass film roles in the "Divergent' trilogy and 'Mad Max'. Check out the captures below (plus footage from the shoot).  And catch Zoë with her band LOLAWOLF Live at AFROPUNK Paris tomorrow: …


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FEATURE: "Nigerian woman who has no formal education but lectures at Harvard" - Celebrated Artist Nike Davies-Okundaye

Meet Nike Davies-Okundaye: the accomplished artist, textiles designer, and ambassador for African arts and craftsmanship. NewsAcross recently featured the artist (and her inspiring story), an artist who lectures at top academic institutions despite having no formal…


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NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith Shows Her Spiritual Side In New Track 'WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA'

Listen to the new Willow Smith track - 'WEEPINGWILOUGH/LETSGOTOMECCA'. The spiritually inspired song, a collaboration with Crystal Mec aka Mecca Kalani (who shared it on her Soundcloud page), is the follow up to Willow's new video for 'F Q-C…


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AFROPUNK has announced AFROPUNK Chicago to happen June 4th at an undisclosed popular Chicago venue, the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series in conjunction with Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango. Hot off the heels of a highly successful AFROPUNK Atlanta that saw performances from Run the Jewels and Curtis Harding, AFROPUNK Chicago will host performances by Danny Brown and Chicago natives Hannibal Buress / recent G.O.O.D. Music signee HOLT. Redd's Wicked Apple is…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tamara Renée blends electronica, blues, and hip-hop with new EP, 'Ultra Violet'

Check out the new EP from Harlem vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tamara Renée - 'Ultra Violet'. This, her second, EP offers a blend of electronica, funk, jazz, hip-hop, trip-hop, soul, blues and reggae; and is described by the singer as a " a mantra of the new age, the golden age." Have a listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


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OP-ED: With Police Brutality, An Officer's Race Doesn't Matter

The continuous killings of blacks by police is the alarming news story of today. And while most cases have involved white officers shooting and killing unarmed young Blacks in America, the Freddie Gray case included six officers, three of them who were Black. The story in Freddie Gray's death is an everyday incident, similar to an episode of The Wire, as officers would be involved in, rough driving, taking sharp turns to add an extra punishment to the person who…


Added by The Establishment on May 21, 2015 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Danish-Zambian Electro Singer Kwamie Liv Returns With New Single, 'Higher'

Listen to the new single from Danish-Zambian electro act Kwamie Liv - 'Higher'. This is the singer-songwriter's first single since releasing her 'LOST IN THE GIRL' EP last year. Talking to FADER, she…


Added by Sound Check on May 21, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

FEATURE: FKA twigs speaks out on "relentless" racism from internet trolls

“Nothing can impale my work or make me choose not to say things a certain way or make an image the way I want,” says FKA twigs. The biracial singer-songwriter has spoken out against the racist internet trolls - mostly die-hard 'Twilight' fans, who have bullied her, mainly via Twitter and Instagram, since she began dating Robert Pattinson (the leading man of 'Twilight'). She describes the anonymous commenters as "relentless", adding: “There’s no amount of songs I can…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Afroista

Tessa, aka 'Afroista', describes herself as the 'people's muse'. Such a quirky and playful take on print and proportion.

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor



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FEATURE: 'EclecticWeirdo' weekly illustration by Nadya Nickels - Baltimore 2015

Artist Nadya Nickels creates weekly illustrations for AFROPUNK showcasing the 'Eclectic Weirdos'. This week's piece is called 'Baltimore 2015': a depiction of the protests which took over the Maryland city following the funeral of Freddie Gray (the unarmed black man who died, suffering…


Added by Eye Candy on May 20, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: African Media and Misrepresentation - A Queer Battle

Africa’s media often perpetuates homophobia and rouses community unrest and irrational fears. In a recent article, the Gazette insert ‘Time Out’ added Botswana to a list of countries where this statement is proven fact. So much has happened in Africa in the past three months: we’ve seen Kenyans maliciously murdered, foreign Nationals brutalised in South Africa, a stronger stance taken on Rhino poaching, and a Presidential misstep turned into a viral cyber-trend. So much has…


Added by Gender Bent on May 20, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: 'Right On Time' - The New Single from New Zealand Soul Collective Sola Rosa (Feat. Tawiah)

Today we are premiering the new single from New Zealand soul-collective Sola Rosa, 'Right On Time'. The soulful offering comes from the group's new album, 'Magnetics' (out in June), and features vocals from British songstress Tawiah. The album - a mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul…


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NEW MUSIC: Samm Henshaw Releases Soulful Ballad 'Better'

Listen to the new single from British soul man Samm Henshaw, 'Better'. The ballad is from the 20 year old singer-songwriter's forthcoming album, 'The Sound Experiment’ (out July 17th), and was originally recorded when Henshaw was in his 2nd year of university. Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream Mirror Signal's Dreamy New Single 'All Along' #SoundCheck

Lush and expansive, the latest single from alt-soul act Mirror Signal is a feast for the ears. An atmospheric sine wave synth and minimal beat drive the song, while he young Stephen Barker layers and layers his voice. As the chorus kicks in, dirty guitars hide in the edges of the mix, giving the song bite and drive before dreamy pianos take us back to the chillness.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor… Continue

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NEW MUSIC: Neo-ragtime Vocalist Dessy Di Lauro releases new single, 'Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep'

Check out the energetic new single from Canadian neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro - 'Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep'. The song, produced by her husband Ric'key Pageot (keyboardist to Madonna), is a continuation of the LA based singer-songwriter's jazz exploration; inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. Have a listen below. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on May 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Agility' Part II - The Latest From Fashion Photographer Jason Bassett

Check out the second installment of Fashion Photographer Jason Bassett's new editorial, 'Agility' - featuring AFROPUNK faves twin models Alia and Delcia Johnson. Explore below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


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FEATURE: FKA twigs Launched Her Series of Three 'Congregata' NY Shows Last Night

Last night FKA twigs took over Brooklyn for the first of her three-date stint at the Brooklyn Hangar (part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Festival). The British singer-songwriter/dancer was given full creative freedom to artistically direct the Red Bull show, titled 'Congregata', and presented fans with a Cirque de Soleil-esque extravaganza; with movement playing as equal a role to her experimental sound. She also shared a new untitled song. Check it out…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK Paris: New artists and DJs announced

Twin Shadow, with regret, has been forced to cancel his appearance at AFROPUNK Paris Festival on May 23 (at Le Trianon) due to injuries he and his band members sustained in a recent tour bus accident in the United States. He has done everything to be ready in time, but being back on stage this weekend will not be possible. Consequently, we are pleased to welcome Sandra Nkaké to the bill Saturday, May 23; and announce DJ sets from Hannah Faith (of Soulection) and…


Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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