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16-year-old illustrator Cerena Robertson’s work is brilliant beyond her years

At 16, the coolest thing most teens learn how to do is drive, but 16-year old Cerena Robertson taught herself to make magic on paper. The young illustrator is creating quite a name for herself on Instagram and the internet with her stylized depictions of Black women in her work. The attention to detail, knowledge of melanin and its many wonders, the celebration of Black girl magic--all of it is present in this young woman’s amazing pieces. Check out the illustrations below…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Thundercat Drops His Afrofuturist Opus 'Drunk' Early #SoundCheck

That ultracool dwarf star with 7 planets orbiting it just discovered by astronomers is 40 light years away. This means that both the glorious funk operas of George Clinton, Sun Ra's experiments with electronica, and the smooth yacht rock of the late 70s just reached it. In record time, they've sent back their response: Thundercat's Drunk.




The bass virtuoso and melodic mage (I'm going to be mixing nerd genres here, deal with it) sends up one of the first albums to…
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Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

New documentary short explores the complexities of the black gay experience

c r e a t i n g s p a c e is the new documentary project by htx people project creator B. Lauren and creative partner Morganne Nikole. This visual project explores the intersections of black identities through the voice of six… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Check out Côte d’Ivoire-based fashion label AWALE Studio's ethically sourced, handmade line

Check out the handmade wears of Côte d’Ivoire-based ethical fashion label AWALE Studio. AWALE Studio specializes in using clothes as a means of storytelling through a contemporary design aesthetic and master craftsmanship that fuses traditional hand-me-down “know-how” and and modern techniques. The label also uses materials sourced throughout the country, including cotton from Khorogo and natural-pigment dyed fabrics from Grand-Bassam. Materials are then assembled in…

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Added by Safety Pins on February 24, 2017 at 4:25pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Naomi Pilgrim Transforms The Special's Ska Classic “Racist Friend” Into An Anti-Racist Anthem For 2017 #SoundCheck

With white nationalism on the rise the world over, artists are stepping up and recognizing that merely “raising awareness” isn't enough, we need to inspire action. Into that light steps Naomi Pilgrim. The Swedish and Barbadian singer re-works The Specials' classic “Racist Friend” into an anti-racist anthem for 2017. With verses by Sa-Roc and Yugen Blakrok, the track demands engagement, calling on everyone to confront the people in their lives with fucked up attitudes and not… Continue

Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Photo series pays tribute to Afro-Latinas for Black History Month

Black women of Latina heritage have made countless contributions to Black art, music, politics, academia and every other area of our society. Photographer Linda Nieves-Powell, a New York-based photographer, writer and director began documenting iconic Latinas last fall and the tribute culminated in a digital unveiling via her website on February 15th. In an interview with Huffington Post, Nieves-Powell said, “I feel that it is very important to continue to highlight our…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 24, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

Meet 24-year-old entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, CEO of Europe’s #1 social media agency

With the internet, anything is possible. Age no longer dictates how much influence you can have, if you’ve got the intellect, creativity, and a knack for social media, your reach knows no bounds. Steven Bartlett, the 24-year old entrepreneur and CEO of Social Chain, knows this all too well. The young upstart already holds the distinction of running the #1 social media agency in Europe, a multi-million pound business that’s only getting more efficient, effective and…

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Added by The Race Card on February 24, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Alternative artist Fusilier is bringing funky vibes and commentary on colorism in new video for ‘Make You’

Imagine someone asking you, "You're black and gay. How does it feel to have two things wrong with you?" with a straight face. Imagine feeling anger coiling within you and frustration with so many things about the question that you want to lash out and rid yourself of their negativity. Now imagine internalizing it and using it to make some hard hitting experimental R&B and electronica, and you’ve got Fusilier, the Atlanta-born, Brooklyn-based talent looking to make a…

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Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jeff Sessions rescinds Obama-era order that aimed to phase out use of private prisons



Private prisons are modern day slavery. Private companies use inmates as free and cheap labor and profit from their bodies. Private prisons are unconstitutional and President Obama took a stand against them during his presidency, committing to reduce the federal government’s reliance on them and eradicate them over time. But as we know, President Obama is president no more and the current administration is just two generations removed from the slaveowners and outright… Continue

Added by The Establishment on February 24, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Photo series: Black women giving zero fucks about police intimidation

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is just as prolific on the Twittersphere as he is on the big screen. In a tweet series that went viral, Cherry decided to celebrate “Black women unbothered by the police: A Photo Series” for Black History Month. The photos show badass women standing up to police in ways most of us couldn’t imagine. From women being arrested by SWAT, to pushing a bayonet out of the way, it seems that law enforcement is clearly no match for the fearlessness of a…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa captures the contemporary faces of Africa

We’re loving the work of Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa. Waiswa is a documentary and portrait photog whose work centers around identity, specifically the ‘New African Identity’, which is the contemporary faces and places of the continent. Waiswa, who describes herself as The Afrohemian Nomad, use photography to highlight the local, and refreshing, images of beauty seen all across Africa. Below are some of our favorite of Waiswa’s portraits,…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Black transwoman Keke Collier shot and killed in Chicago #BlackTransLivesMatter



We’ve lost another Black trans life. Tuesday in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, a 24-year old transwoman named Keke Collier was shot and killed, according to WLS-TV. Early reports have misgendered Collier as male, although she was well known and outspoken about gender identity. In the WLS report, a friend of Collier’s named Shasha Lauren confirmed the victim’s identity. Lauren works as a peer navigator at Chicago House, a nonprofit organization that helps transgender… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on February 23, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments

Stream experimental electropunk artist Pink Oculus’ eclectic vibes and brilliant visuals

There’s something brewing in The Netherlands and the music is bubbling right with it. Dutch singer Pink Oculus, born Esperanza Denswil, is a triple threat: singer, emcee, and producer, combining the energies and sounds of hip hop, rock, electronica and soul into a vibrant and intricate punk experience. The Rotterdam native released her debut project ‘sweat,’ in November 2013, and has since toured throughout Europe. Early inspirations are Mos Def, Common, Erykah Badu, Non… Continue

Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: John Horse, Osceola & the Black Seminoles led the largest slave rebellion in U.S. History

The largest slave rebellion in U.S. History is conveniently left out of our history books, but we’re here to remind and reeducate the freedom fighters of the present of the rich legacy from which they came. In the early 1800s, then General Andrew Jackson ordered for the destruction of a fort that had become a refuge and symbol of hope for runaway slaves. The fort was the epicenter of a newly freed slave community and was growing and thriving at the time, and the fort was…

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Added by The Race Card on February 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

12-year-old literacy advocate Marley Dias is publishing an activism guide for children and teens

12-year-old literary advocate and activist Marley Dias is publishing an activism guide for kids and teens, as announced by Scholastic. Dais, who is known for the #1000BlackGirlBooks after growing tired of reading books about “white boys and dogs”, expressed…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 23, 2017 at 2:26pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Oakland Afro-Soul Quartet Bells Atlas Find Grace in Heartbreak on Stunning New Single “NCAT” #SoundCheck

Even at their most heartbroken, Bells Atlas can't resist the allure of a deep groove. The shades of pain and frustration that color their latest single “NCAT” (Nothing Comes After This), inhabit the fringes, while singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu's silken voice struggles to maintain composure. The unreasonably tight rhythm section of Geneva Harrison and Doug Stuart as always keep the whole thing from drifting into thin air. With this new cut, following “Spec and Bubble,” whatever…

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Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

VIDEO PREMIERE: UK indie pop singer Iris Gold gets vulnerable in acoustic visual for ‘Do You Know What I Mean’

Pulled back and bare, British pop singer Iris Gold shows the softest side of her in new acoustic version of yet to be released song ‘Do You Know What I Mean.’ Born in the UK and raised in Denmark, Iris Gold has been making waves with her upbeat, dance leaning tracks, so to see her so vulnerable is a welcome contrast to what we’ve heard from her thus far, showcasing the range and depth of this indie upstart. The London based talent approaches this video with a keen sense of…

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Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Princess Nokia punches sexist audience member at Cambridge show

It seems that a trend has begun where punches get thrown at Nazis in broad daylight or whenever bigotry occurs and I can’t say I’m against it. In this case, rapper Princess Nokia reportedly retaliated at an audience member at her show in Cambridge via Fly Girls of Cambridge. After he yelled…

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Added by Sound Check on February 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Black Nerds, don't change yourselves for the approval of your peers

On Sunday night, I ran into a viral video on Facebook of a young black boy singing the lyrics to a Drake song to a girl. Based off the girl’s body language she tries not to pay him any attention in hopes that he would go away. For black nerds, this is a common response we get in grade school. I have seen it firsthand of how black nerds suffer mentally with rejection and turn to misogynists who dislike black women. When I was in high school, my English teacher and a couple…

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Added by The Race Card on February 22, 2017 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Internet's Steve Lacy Drops New Single “Dark Red” In Anticipation of His Debut Solo Record #SoundCheck

In 1978, rock's original juggalos KISS simultaneously released 4 separate solo albums to the demand of basically no-one and nearly destroyed their empire of mediocre stadium rock overnight. Unfortunately for them, they lacked the collective talent of The Internet (or a carpenter ant, really), whose Steve Lacy just dropped the first single from his forthcoming solo record, hot on the heels of solo records from Matt the Martian and Syd. “Dark Red” is a sumptuous bit of indie…

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Added by Sound Check on February 22, 2017 at 7:08pm — No Comments

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