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FEATURE: The sound of Ghanaian Afro-Soul and jazz musician Jojo Abot

Listen to the voice of Ghanaian singer-songwriter Jojo Abot - a Brooklyn based jazz singer who experiments with the genres of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae, to create a modern Ghanaian sound. Get into her music below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Brooklyn! Now more than ever, we need to get involved. On May 2nd at 2pm, AFROPUNK will be hosting a Town Square event in Brooklyn to discuss, vision, and plan ways to strengthen and activate our communities. There will be speakers, street performances, and information about AFROPUNK Fest 2015's exciting Earned Ticket Program. If you're interested, CLICK …


Added by The Establishment on April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Disrupting History, the paintings of Titus Kaphar

Explore the work of visual artist Titus Kaphar. The acclaimed artist, known mostly for his series of paintings, 'Disrupted Histories' interacts with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums; and creates new narratives through cutting, shredding, sewing, rumpling, erasing, and whiting out his work. As the Huffington Post states, he reveals "the materiality and instability of history and the artistic canon, showing that the past is never…


Added by Eye Candy on April 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: DC Legends Beauty Pill Return With The Flawless 'Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are' #SoundCheck

Here's the thing about being ahead of your time: if you wait long enough, eventually time catches up. While “ahead of their time” is usually a component of a tragic story, for Beauty Pill, it's a triumph. The 11 years since their groundbreaking debut full length The Unsustainable Lifestyle have been incredibly kind to their brand of social conscious meta-genre atmosphere-heavy indie rock. What was once an uncategorizable outlier, is now still uncategorizable, but it…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

FEATURE: "I Can’t Hide Mine, Please Don’t Hide Yours: An Open Letter to Ben Affleck"

Last week it was revealed that actor and director Ben Affleck had asked producers of PBS documentary show "Finding Your Roots" to edit out the discovery of a slave owning ancestor. The actor states that he now regrets trying to censor the story, adding: "While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." Now Michael W. Twitty (a culinary historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved…


Added by The Establishment on April 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: OSHUN release their new mixtape, 'ASASE YAA'

Listen to 'ASASE YAA', the debut full length mixtape from soulful hip hop duo OSHUN (Thandiwe and Niambi Sala). The D.C. natives state, "I think that the album shows how we've matured and how we've grown as artists. 'ASASE YAA' is a West African term for Mother Earth. Conceptually, the reason that we chose the name 'ASASE YAA'…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Negro Galacticus' Debut Is a Garage Rap Party #SoundCheck

Indie funk quartet Negro Galacticus come by it honestly. Drummer Walty Kibby is the son of Fishbone's Dirty Walt, guitarist Malik Deering is the nephew of Weapon of Choice's Lonnie Marshall, and bassist Steve Francell “48” Fortier's mother was in Hairspray. Apple, tree, et cetera. Their debut record is a shaggy, off-beat, DIY affair worthy of the Fishbone connection.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "11 diverse podcasts to give you a fresh perspective on life"

In a new article, Mashable have showcased 11 of today's best diverse podcasts - one of those podcasts being that of comedian W. Kamau Bell, who along with fellow comedian Kevin Avery host the topical podcast 'Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period' (analyzing a Denzel…


Added by Eye Candy on April 23, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Spring Is Finally Here! Get On The New Single From Jules and The Jinks: "No Compromise!" #SoundCheck

It's almost warm enough to share the debut single from Bronx quintet Jules and The Jinks. "On this last day of April," Jules and The Jinks sing over an irresistible breezy guitar lick. This is a song that deserves to be blaring from car…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter To Björk - Re: “Sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

This week, while explaining that museums deprioritize sound over visuals, (which in fairness is true, though in the grand scheme of things, not really that big a deal), Björk declared “sound is the n***** of the world, man.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor 


Dear Björk,…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2015 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Confirmed As First Black Female Attorney General of The United States

Meanwhile, in important news, Loretta Lynch is (finally) confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General of the United States. As the successor to the bold, outspoken Eric Holder, Lynch has big shoes to fill, and steps into the role at a time when relations between police and communities are at an all-time low. Over the next 2 years, she will be faced with upholding Obama's landmark immigration reform, justifying the legality of healthcare reform, as well as…


Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 7-Year-Old Natalie McGriff Wins $16K For Her Comic Book 'The Adventures of Moxie Girl'

Check out this inspiring young artist Natalie McGriff. The 7-year old illustrator has won a $16,000 to start her own comic book series, 'The Adventures of Moxie Girl' , from crowd funding festival One Spark. The comic is about a Black girl who hates her hair; however, after using some magical shampoo, her hair develops super abilities and gives her the power to fight against literacy and save Jacksonville's Public Libraries from a pack of hungry monsters. Her…


Added by Eye Candy on April 22, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Bots Announce Summer Tour Supporting Incubus and Deftones

The Bots announced today that they'll be going on tour this summer in support of Incubus and Deftones co-headline tour. Check out the dates below! The tour kicks off July 22nd in Clarkston, Missouri, and will finish on August 30th in San Diego, California; and all shows go on sale April 24. Look out for the brothers at AFROPUNK Paris next month —> …


Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Saul Williams releases new single, 'Burundi' (feat. Emily Kokal of Warpaint)

Listen to Saul Williams' new single, 'Burundi'. The single features Emily Kokal of Warpaint, and is the first release from Williams' upcoming album 'MartyrLoserKing'. The Niggy Tardust mastermind states, "Burundi is one of the 1st songs I recorded for MartyrLoserKing. I…


Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

Hypersexuality: The Opposite Spectrum of Coping Rarely Discussed in Sexual Assault Victims

I remember whenever I thought of rape victims in high school, the movie, "Speak" immediately flashed before my eyes. For those who haven’t seen it, Speak was the film that placed Kristen Stewart on the map and where she also happened to be able to finesse "the Kristen Stewart role" she’s played in every damn movie since. But anyways, I digress, the film depicts a high school freshman, Melinda, who refused to speak ever since she called the cops at a summer party…


Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - Nima, Stylist

Meet beautiful Nima, a fashion stylist, she somehow makes vintage modern.

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK Contributor *

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Added by Safety Pins on April 22, 2015 at 10:17am — No Comments

FEATURE: Diovadiova Chrome Portraits - the faces of painter Kip Omolade

Check out the Diovadiova Chrome portraits, the oil-paintings of visual artist Kip Omolade. Omolade, who started his career as a graffiti artist while interning at Marvel Comics and The Center for African Art, says that his portraits "historically connect to ancient, realistic African sculptures such as Benin ivory masks and Ife bronze heads". He adds, in regards to creating each portrait, that each one is created in a "labor-intensive"…


Added by Eye Candy on April 22, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Police Detective Cleared in the shooting Death of unarmed Rekia Boyd

As the saying goes, "one step forward, two steps back". Two weeks ago Michael T. Slager, a South Carolina police officer, found himself charged for the fatal shooting of unarmed Walter Scott - in simpler terms, charged for making a black man his target practice. A crime that so many men have walked away from scott free; so many Mike Browns; so many Tarika Wilsons. The news of Slager's conviction gave much needed energy to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, reminding…


Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Death Is Back With Their First New Music In 40 Years #SoundCheck

The triumphant story of the rediscovery and resurgence of punk pioneers Death continues with the release of their fittingly titled new album "N.E.W". Featuring the reformed line-up with Bobbie Duncan filling in for founding guitarist David Hackney who died in 2000.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor


"N.E.W." is the first taste of new…


Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: Demar Douglas, the "Painter Of Dreams"

Check out the work of Californian visual artist, Demar Douglas. Whether it be a painting or an illustration project, Douglas draws his inspiration from life experiences and states that all of his images appear to him first in a dream, interpreted with "the stroke of his brush". Take a look at his work, and the short documentary on the artist, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…


Added by Eye Candy on April 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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