Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Did someone say Black, French, and fashionable eyewear brand? Sign me up! Maïwax, the brand combining ankara prints with high end eyewear designs was founded by Black Frenchwoman Maïmouna Tirera, an optometrist who saw a void in the market and responded with a company of her own! The frames include a variety of color schemes and prints and come in a various styles like…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
“Your Grandmother is in the hospital. She broke into the medicine cabinet behind the nurses' station at her nursing home, stole some Tylenol, and took too many. It isn't looking well."
My seventeen-year-old body went completely numb; perhaps to try in a futile effort to keep myself from feeling the shock of the words my Aunt had spoken softly into the phone on the night of November 19th, 2006, just a little after 2am.
For years, my maternal…
Added by Robust on October 21, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments
British-Nigerian designer Tokyo James’ iconic new collection is a breath of fresh air in menswear. The designer and creative director mixes the worlds of fantasy and practicality in his new line of suits and high end activewear. Combining edgy items like chokers and mesh with the silhouettes of classic menswear and the colorful vibrancy of Nigeria’s everyday life make it really special and unique. He began his Creative Career as a young fashion stylist in London , working…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments
Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet model, the lovely Destiny Owusu (@ohwawa)
By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor
*Nadeesha Godamunne is a fashion illustrator from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York - and the creator of fashion illustration blog Mokshini / Instagram:…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2016 at 4:56pm — No Comments
Full of tantalizing grooves and snaking riffs, Blacklighter's self-titled EP is the rare debut that arrives fully formed. From the instrumental intro “Rough Beauty,” Backlighter excels at blending his influences, Memphis soul, 70's hard rock, 90's Seattle sound, and a healthy dosage of the Purple One all combine into a sound that's at once aggressive, funky, and unforgettable. “Altar” and “Bring Me Back” showcase the songwriter's skill at an undeniable hook. This is a new…Continue
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Philly’s punk scene has been thriving for decades and the soundscapes from South Philly residents King Azaz is proof that that hasn’t changed a bit. The post-punk “queerdos” are taking the genre to new heights and expressing the tragedy of the lows in new single, “Numb,” from their album “Spiritus Mundi.” The seven track album is an amalgamation of experiences including but not limited to being marginalized by their communities and society, and the dark moments that…Continue
If there were no pictures, did it really happen? If it’s up to trap’n’b singer Liana Bank$, then if there’s no proof then it didn’t happen. In new single, “Plead the Fifth,” Liana reminisces on the night before, presumably filled with questionable decisions, and decides that rather than spilling her secrets, she’ll exercise her constitutional right to be tight-lipped. Liana’s been having a helluva summer, writing for the likes of PnB Rock and gaining a fanbase after her…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments
Kehinde Wiley has been kicking ass and taking names in the art world. His first solo art exhibition in France will be displayed in Le Petit Palais in Paris October 20th through January 16th. The exhibition is a unique set of ten monumental works, stained glass and paintings, presented at the heart of the permanent collections of the museum. This is a huge deal! Black artists rarely get this level of acclaim while they’re still alive and active, so this is a major look for…Continue
Today we’re premiering the newest single from one of my favorite Canadian artists, TIKA, and her newest track ‘OHMYGOD’ ft. Clairmont The Second. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that ‘OHMYGOD’ is an alternative gospel song, which truth be told isn’t really my thing. But frankly ‘OHMYGOD’ doesn’t have to be a religious listen to be relatable or enjoyable, as the Harrison-produced track is flavored with all sorts of alt.-soul and throwback goodness, which is what…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Dear White Feminism (aka, White Beckyism):
C’mere. Sit down. Sit.
You've got a lot of nerve showing up at inopportune times, fervently attempting to educate me on how to be your definition of a proper Woman of Color.
It's why you don't get a Christmas card in November with an invite to come home for the holidays. You can't sit with us; you don't even get a to-go plate (and you know we Black People take that to-go plate business…
Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments
Lewis Del Mar is the Rockaway Beach duo with the vibes and the sound to match. Their newest video “Painting (Masterpiece) is a brilliant depiction of the spirit of the song, which is from their self-titled album that dropped just two weeks ago. The lead singer, Danny Miller, brings strong, yet ebbing vocals while Max Harwood's production takes on a pop-infused folk vibe. The video tells the story of a young woman making beauty out of thin air and the strength required to…Continue
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Don’t be fooled by the start to “Alleviate,” by the end you’ll have been shaken to your core by Sonïtus’ energy and vocal prowess. The mellow intro to this track sets the perfect stage for an intense awakening at its end, complete with pulsating rhythms and a chorus of blistering, yet melodic voices bringing a unbelievable intensity to the track. Sonïtus’ was brought together by a passion for prog, alt-rock and adventurism and also bonded by their exceptional musicianship.…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments
From ages eleven and onwards, ninety-two percent of my relationships have been interracial and with mostly white and asian men.
When meeting family and friends for the first time, I always insist my partner inform their inner circle of my being Black prior to meeting, and be sure to pay the respect back in regards to them meeting my own.
From being asked by a curious little (fifteen-year-old) brother if there’s any truth behind Black Women having…
Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments
If you're feeling suicidal an officer can show up to door. Even if you call 911 they can refer you to call the police department instead. This article is not meant to bash all of law enforcement. However, we need to address a major issue here. Many police officers are not fully equipped to take on a mental health crisis. I feel it's bad enough that people with mental illness can already be mistaken for a common criminal. Especially when they're more than likely to be a…Continue
Added by Robust on October 20, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has long been a source of divisiveness in the music community for reasons much like the Grammys, the Oscars, and all awards shows controlled by the industry--often the most deserving artists go overlooked. But this year, in a very surprising, but exciting turn of events, the legendary DC punk band Bad Brains has been nominated for the hall. The Cleveland based museum included Bad Brains in the list of candidates along with names like Janet…Continue
As society enters the utopia promised to us in old negro spirituals, the Bill of Rights and Martin Luther King’s dreams we are beginning to witness this country morphing into a true homogenous melting pot. While we are still a long way away from a post-racial America, neighborhoods across the country are evolving into multicultural mixtures of where white people play Spades, Black people listen to country music and everybody hates Donald Trump. Whether it is…Continue
Added by Eye Candy on October 19, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments
What would happen if you combined John Mayer and Craig David? Probably the killer vocals of Michael Jablonka on his new single “Mantra.” The newest signee to Lost in the Manor is currently on tour as a guitarist for Michael Kiwanuka and offers this soul-stirring single as an exclusive free download ahead of more music in the coming months. The London-based singer and guitarist is in good company with the current crop of soulful vocalists who are foraying outside of R&B…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 1:06pm — No Comments