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NEW MUSIC: Electronic R&B songstress QUIÑ is caught in love's web in new smooth jam with G-Eazy “Over Again”

Escaping the sticky grasp of an on and off lover is hard even for the most strong-willed among us and R&B singer QUIÑ is trying to escape it once and for all in new song, “Over Again” featuring prominent rapper G-Eazy. The Rich Skillz produced jam is buttery smooth, with warm, simmering synths and an easygoing bassline, while QUIÑ impresses with sultry vocals fit for an R&B veteran. “Over Again” is the age old of story of two ships passing in the night, not connecting… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

French Black woman launches ankara printed eyewear brand Maïwax

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…


Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Slaying The Silence surrounding mental health: Dealing With My Grandmother's Suicide - TW: suicide

“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 menswear designer Tokyo James defies norms by combining metal chokers and vibrant suits for spring collection

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…


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:…


Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2016 at 4:56pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blacklighter Shines On His Debut EP #SoundCheck

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: Philly post-punk duo King Azaz confront their demons on fiery new album “Spiritus Mundi” + new visual, ‘Numb’

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Alt-pop newcomer Liana Bank$ dares listeners to prove her guilt in new trap-infused single “Plead the Fifth”

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2016 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Award winning painter Kehinde Wiley to debut new stained glass exhibition at Le Petit Palais in Paris

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…


Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Toronto-based alt.-soul singer TiK▲ drops spiritual goodness with new single ‘OHMYGOD’

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter To White Feminism (AKA: White Beckyism)

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

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch folky indie duo Lewis Del Mar get free and dream in new hues in new visual for “Painting (Masterpiece)”

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: East London art rockers Sonïtus release explosive single “Alleviate” ahead of their debut EP “Kleptocracy”

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.…


Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Why I don't Ignore Racist Micro-Aggressions: Tales of putting motherf*ckers in their place

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 2:02pm — 1 Comment

Slaveowner statue to remain on Florida State University’s campus after vote wins nearly 3 to 1

If you weren’t aware, sometimes the present and the past reckon with each other in ways that are unexpected, if not wholly dismaying. From stories of Harvard Law’s logo depicting slavery or fraternities making light of the history of Black women in this country, it seems like… Continue

Added by The Race Card on October 20, 2016 at 2:03pm — No Comments

The Police Can Show Up To Your Door Instead Of An Ambulance If You're Feeling Suicidal - TW: suicide

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…


Added by Robust on October 20, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominates Bad Brains for the Class of 2017

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

The Caucasian's Guide To Black Neighborhoods - by NegusWhoRead

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…


Added by The Race Card on October 19, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop goes full art deco in editorial for Madame Figaro October issue

With exhibitions throughout Europe and magazines knocking down his door to bring the continent’s perspective into their art direction, Omar Victor Diop is becoming one of the most sought after creatives that West Africa has to offer. In his new editorial with French magazine Madame Figaro, he brings a fresh perspective to his photographs of an art deco inspired spread, using the colors to guide and frame each shot with an unmatched attention to detail. Each picture’s… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on October 19, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK indie rocker Michael Jablonka brings beautiful blues-infused folk rock in single “Mantra”

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…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 1:06pm — No Comments

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