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OP-ED: Letter from a suicide survivor: I want you to keep living

To whom this may concern,



I want you to stay alive. Better yet I NEED you stay alive no matter what has occurred in your life. I know what the pain feels like. I know how the pages of life can turn. Right now you may feel nothing but darkness and you can't seem to find the light. You may feel like you want to end it all because you no longer have the strength to fight. You're just tired of being sick and tired. That doesn't make you weak.



I know some…

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Added by Robust on August 30, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

L.A.-based photographer Celeste Talbott-Rivera visualizes lavender-toned intergalactic badassery in ‘Afro futurism’ editorial

L.A.-based photographer Celeste Talbott-Rivera visualizes lavender-toned intergalactic badassery in ‘Afro futurism’ editorial. The futurist-themed project features model (and Celeste’s mother!) Ladawn Talbott, who is decked out in chrome-like, warrior-esque costume and gorgeous white-violet braids by Gloria Diggs. Check out the fun cosplay shoot below.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…



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Added by Eye Candy on August 30, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Ghanian-American Clarissa Bannor fuses compassionate eating with afro-centric consciousness and culture for This Afropolitan Life

Clarissa Bannor is a passionate Ghanian-American afropolitan who credits motherhood, "the big chop", and veganism for guiding her mission to curate a liberated life that weaves African culture, black consciousness, and a compassionate palate with everyday life & style. …

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Added by Robust on August 30, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls take powerful stance against white policing of black hair

The students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls are making a powerful stance against the institutionalized white supremacist policies embedded into South Africa’s formerly segregated “Model C” system and the white policing of black hair. This past Saturday, during the school’s annual Spring Fair, students peacefully and silently marched in protest of the policies until teachers and parent volunteers threatened to call the police to have the girls…

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Added by The Race Card on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Nate Parker finally starts taking responsibility for past misogynistic & homophobic ways

Several weeks after past accusations of the rape of a college classmate resurfaced, director/actor Nate Parker spoke to Ebony in a candid interview about his 19-year-old self, toxic masculinity, male privilege and a whole lot more.
 Littered with blunt and troubling statements about his former views, Parker verbalizes the troubling perspective many men suffer from as the result of taught hyper-masculinity and misogyny.



Early on, Parker describes his past…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Dominican artist and Moro Studio co-founder Welinthon Nommo makes waves with colorful character illustrations

Welinthon Nommo is a Barahona-based Dominican artist and illustrator. Nommo is an alumni of the Graduate School of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, co-founder of a sequential art and illustrations company called MORO STUDIO, and has worked as an illustrator and colorist for Susaeta publishing art director at the Izone-Education. The award-winning artists creates everything from sumptuous landscapes and scenarios to quirky character illustrations that are…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 29, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

‘Skank’ comic book co-creator Bobby Joseph returns with black cop graphic novel project ‘Scotland Yardie’

Best known for his cult publication, Britain’s first satirical black culture comic book ‘Skank’, Bobby Joseph has recently collaborated with illustrator Joseph Samuels for a new graphic novel project called ‘Scotland Yardie’. The project follows an aggressive, drug-abusing, “Jamacian-styled” cop, out in the streets, doing whatever it takes to enforce his screwed up sense of justice. ‘Scotland Yardie’ comes out Oct. 6 via Knockabout Comics, and you can pre-order it…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 29, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Willow Smith poses for Bruce Weber in electric CR Fashion Book editorial

Armed with her trademark effortless cool, the Chanel brand ambassadress Willow Smith posed for an edgy editorial for CR Fashion Book shot by their legendary Bruce Weber. NBD. Also true to form, Willow’s unique brand of eccentricity and Weber’s warm, theatricality shine through in this dynamic collaboration. Check it out below!



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…





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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

The life and times of writer/public intellectual James Baldwin gets docu treatment in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

The life and times of novelist, activist, and public intellectual James Baldwin is getting the documentary treatment in filmmaker Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. Based on the notes from a book Baldwin was never able to finish, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ was to center around three critical black leaders whom were each assassinated: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. As …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Metal In Madagascar! Stream the First Two Tracks From Toamasina Band Behind The Mask

With lead guitar runs that would make Paganini jealous and a barrage of earth shaking beats, Behind The Mask marries metalcore feel with an almost neo-classical sense of melody. Their first two singles “The Message” and “Who's The Evil One” are laden with political and social commentary. “The Message” deals with corruption and starvation in Madagascar, while “Who's The Evil One” asks whether the band's image and sound make them more evil than the people they're…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2016 at 1:47pm — No Comments

FEATURE 'Afro-inks' weekly illustration by Eddviel

Eddaviel (who was a Live painter at(AFROPUNK Paris) takes his favorite AFROPUNK ‘Afro Of The Day’ images and creates illustrations weekly. "A line, created by a drop of ink that becomes an expression of afro traits."

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 11:57am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Florisval Neto beautifully emphasizes the necessity of nature in latest series 'Ohun Adayeba'

In times of cultural strife, it is wise and rejuvenating to ground oneself; to return to the earth and reflect. In the illuminated social climate of Brazil, its nesting creatives are heeding the call for release and grounding- creating works of art that not only inspire hope and pride, but recognize the cruciality of nature.

In photographer …

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Added by Eye Candy on August 26, 2016 at 5:34pm — No Comments

NYC-based rock/reggae musician JAFÉ discusses multi-cultural musical influences and transcended sound in Higher Conversations: Part 1

We explore the mind, creative process, and the gritty burrough of the Bronx with conscious, multifaceted musician Jafe. Part 1 of Higher Conversations takes you into his home where he shares a bit of his Dominican roots and the purpose behind his music. "Jafé was raised performing the afro-carribbean music and philosophies from the Dominican Republic. With exposure to Yoruba and its many spiritual sects, Rastafari, and the contradictions of modern society, he began…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Frank Ocean is a black, sexually liberated, genre fluid artist creating in an industry that desires sameness



Frank Ocean Is An Iconoclast

I.

If the Grammy-award winning “Channel…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

BOOK: QTPOC org bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology ‘Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity‘ available for pre-sale

It’s here! bklyn boihood’s long-awaited anthology Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity is now available for pre-sale.



bklyn boihood launched in 2009 and has been a strong pillar of the queer people of color community…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian photographer Evelyn Luna captures the boundless freedom of the new generation in beautiful new series 'Afro Carioca'

This latest series from Brazil-based photographer Evelyn Luna provides a thrilling glimpse into the revolution that is the youth- the new millennials. In this explosive era of self-actualization and gender fluidity, the younger generations are reclaiming their power and making themselves known, and Luna's series- 'Afro Carioca'- is a beautifully…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 25, 2016 at 11:56am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro-R&B bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat returns with enticingly melodic ode to technology in new track 'Bus in These Streets'

'It's OK to disconnect sometimes...'

Thundercat is back and better than ever with the latest release of his new track 'Bus in These Streets'. The R&B/funk bassist and singer-songwriter has previously joined the Brainfeeder creative alongside Flying Lotus, George Clinton…

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Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2016 at 4:25pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Canadian, Black-owned Shea Butter brand ANU is ready to answer all your moisturizing prayers with affordable, premium products

Every black girl ever will tell you: Moisturization is key.

Unfortunately, good moisturizers are often way expensive, and offered in small amounts-lasting the driest of skin usually around 2 weeks. Thanks to the creators at …

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Added by Safety Pins on August 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Mixtape #021: Speak Truth To Power

AFROPUNK Brooklyn is just a few days away and to get everybody pumped we’ve released a pre-festival mixtape packed with some of our favorite politically charged empowerment tracks inspiring us to take back control by means of voting. Mixtape #021: Speak Truth to Power features tracks from AFROPUNK Fest alums and performers Gallant, Ho99o9, Trash Talk, Saul Williams, The Internet, TV On The Radio—and more. Check it out down below.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Unlabelled x AFROPUNK: Post-apartheid Youth Subcultures in South Africa

From Unlabelled Magazine: "In the last two decades, South Africa has seen the documentation of various subcultures; many of which have existed before they were documented. Many of these subcultures, unable to conform to or identify with dominant and commercial culture, create and represent minority or divergent ideologies and identities most observable through music, fashion and language."

"One of the newest and most controversial…

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Added by Eye Candy on August 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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