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FEATURE: Grace Jones Documentary gets the green light from BBC Films

A new documentary on the life of iconic Jamaican musician and supermodel Grace Jones has received the green light from the film unit of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company). The documentary (reportedly in the works for seven years) was announced among a number of projects that will be commissioned in celebration of the film division's 25th anniversary. Titled 'Grace jones: The Musical Of My Life' and directed by Sophie Fiennes,…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Dionne Farris, The Wildest Flower

Singer and songwriter Dionne Farris was pushed into the spotlight after being featured on Arrested Development’s Grammy award winning single 'Tennessee'. The single off the hip hop group’s 1992 debut album '3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...' jump started her career and would be followed by live performances on the MTV Movie Awards and the Arsenio Hall Show. She toured with the group as a contributor not as an official member and soon parted ways to begin her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Toro Y Moi releases new single 'Run Baby Run'

Listen to 'Run Baby Run', the new release from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick). The track is the latest from the musician's upcoming album, 'What For?'. Listen below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on March 26, 2015 at 5:29pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Runaway Jamaica - "Not your Average Bed & Breakfast"

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for The Runaway, a proposed bed and breakfast on the North shore of Jamaica - the brainchild of Chef Kalisa Martin and digital marketer Jeff Belizaire (former Brooklynites, both of whom have Caribbean roots). The duo's desire was sparked off by a vacation in Jamaica during a cold New York winter and they have now taken the courageous steps to realise their dream by uprooting to Jamaica. With funding, their aim is that The Runaway…

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Added by Robust on March 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK PARIS: May 23-24 at Le Trianon Featuring Lianne La Havas, Willow Smith & many more

We're taking the AFROPUNK festival to Paris, France! The event will take place May 23rd & 24th at the renowned and beautiful Le Trianon located in the heart of Paris with performances by Lianne La Havas, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Leon Bridges, Youth Man, Keziah Jones, Patrice, The Bots, Young Paris and more to be announced soon. In true AFROPUNK form the festival will also serve as a cultural experience with food, live painting by local artists, an acoustic stage and more.…

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Added by AFROPUNK on March 25, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration - musician Greg Banks

Meet musician Greg Banks. With his ​70s/​Lenny Kravitz/Jimmy Hendrix vibe; he's a whimsical character that had to be captured on paper - Fort Greene, Brooklyn

By Nadeesha Godamunne, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Safety Pins on March 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Rad American Women' feminist children’s book

Check out new children's book 'Rad American Women'. Inclusive of all colors, gender expressions and sexualities, the book celebrates the "Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History and our future". Author Kate Schatz created the book after failing to find the right books for her daughter. However the feminist book, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, is not solely for girls. Schatz says: "I definitely want young girls to be…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Inspired by music - the work of visual artist Alim Smith

Explore the work of Delaware based artist Alim Smith, an artist who finds his inspiration in music. Smith states that his artwork is "heavily inspired by music" and names Andre 3000, Jay Electronica, Pac, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder as some of his favorite musicians/rappers. Check out his portraits below. Also, if you're in Philadelphia on April 11th, look out for Alim Smith's '…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mykki Blanco leaving music to become investigative journalist

Rapper Mykki Blanco has announced his indefinite departure from music. Blanco made the announcement via a Facebook note and revealed his plans to enroll in a sociology and gender studies program, as well as his ambitions to document and write about "homosexuality and gay culture in…

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Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Reparations in the form of a pill - new Sci-Fi film, 'No Boni'

Take a look at new Sci-Fi. film 'No Boni'. Directed by DuBois Ashong, and set in 2016, 'No Boni' tells the story of a "young man who finds himself the center of a pharmaceutical clinical trial which focuses on giving psychological reparations in the form of a pill, to African diasporan people affected by…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 25, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Stream 3 Tracks From DC Alt Rock/Hip-Hop Act WExHEIRS #SoundCheck

Drawing on the sounds of the late 90's with bits of early alt metal and 60's soul, DC alt hip-hop trio WExHEIRS just premiered 3 dope new tracks on their Soundcloud. The trio of Riana (drums), Brittany (vocals, bass), and Kayode (guitar) met at Morgan State University in DC and have been playing together in some form since 2011. Their 3 debut tracks as WExHEIRS…

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Added by Sound Check on March 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Nneka's 'My Fairy Tales' Brings Her Nigerian Roots to the Global Stage #SoundCheck

Steeped in reggae, soul, and of course, afrobeat, Nigerian soul superstar Nneka's 5th studio album 'My Fairy Tales' is a mix of the deeply personal and wide perspective social criticism she's made her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s original ‘foxy lady’"

"Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her." In a rare interview with the Guardian, Lithofayne Pridgon - lover of Jimi Hendrix and best friend to the late Etta James - opens up about her relationship with the guitar legend, and her life in 60's Harlem. Pridgon, the inspiration behind the Hendrix song 'Foxy Lady', also speaks candidly about the other musical greats who vied for her…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: London hip hop artist Aina More releases new single, '5th Seven'

Listen to the new single from Hip Hop artist Aina More. The single, titled '5th Seven' is produced by artist/producer Morell and features new face of African Hip Hop Boogey. If you haven't come across this Nigerian lyricist (born and raised in London) yet, then this is the perfect introduction to her sound.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Queer Feminist Artists Who Are Challenging Today's 'Body Oppression' (NSFW)"

The Huffington Post writes: when asked, in an interview back in 1999, whether or not one painting could adequately challenge masculine representations of God, the inimitable Judy Chicago replied, "Not one painting... One painting can't possibly have that power. But if in the museum there were a lot of paintings by women who have made images of the female as the divine, then maybe it could begin to have an effect. But no one image can do that by itself." A group…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2015 at 1:07pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Cakes Da Killa releases new single, 'Serve It Up'

Check out 'Serve It Up', the new single from Brooklyn rapper Cakes Da Killa. The single was produced by Moonbase Commander and is the signature hard hitting lyrics/beats that we've come to  expect from the AFROPUNK Fest alum. Listen below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'The Mahoyo Project' - new documentary following Swedish creative trio Mahayo

Check out 'The Mahoyo Project', a documentary that aims to break stereotypes of gender, race and location. The film, directed by Moira Ganley, follows Swedish creative trio Mahoyo as they collaborate with local artists in Johannesburg's growing urban music, fashion and dance scene - juxtaposed with Stockholm’s creative scene and its characters. Watch the trailer below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The sound of Indie artist Laila Nur

Listen to the music of self-taught singer-songwriter and guitarist Laila Nur. Originally from New York, the musician and activist now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Defining herself as "Musician, Lesbian, Lover", Laila has a sound that touches on the genres of folk, funk, rock, pop, and blues - all tied into acoustic melodies and a standout voice. Listen to her latest album below, titled 'Pocket Change'.…

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Added by Sound Check on March 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Le1f releases new single, 'Ooh (Truffle Butter)'

Listen to the new release from New York rapper Le1f, 'Ooh (Truffle Butter)' - a remix of Nicki Minaj's track 'Truffle Butter' which features Drake and Lil Wayne. The openly gay rapper is a current nominee on the XXL Freshman list and offered the remix in response to the nomination. Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on March 24, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Martese Johnson: My Wounds Will Heal, but the Trauma Will Stay Forever"

“I trust the scars on my face and head will one day heal, but the trauma of what those officers did will stay with me forever" - those are the words of Martese Johnson, the University of Virginia student whose violent arrest by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents was caught on cellphone video last week. Johnson issued the words during a news conference through his attorney, adding “I was shocked that my face was slammed into the pavement across the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 23, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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