Who mourns every day for strangers as if their own brother was killed? Who lives in constant fear for loved ones, strangers and for themselves? Who tenses and prepares for the worst every time they hear the words “did you hear about…”? The black community.
The pain that we, as a community, feel with each black person murdered isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. Racism, manifesting in various ways, has been a truth that we’ve had to live with for…
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When Rio de Janeiro was elected in 2009 to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the authorities then said one of the event's legacy would be a safer city for all. But less than a month for the beginning of the games, the practical effect has signaled that what comes ahead is a humanitarian catastrophe.
From 2009 now, around 2500 people were killed by the police only in Rio, and very few cases have been properly judged. The same security policies applied in the games of…
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Last night Donald Trump gave the longest nomination speech in 40 years. It apparently takes more than 75 minutes to attempt to convince Americans they are doomed without you. The Donald wants you to know you will be overrun by criminals, immigrants, criminal immigrants, terrorists, and economic oppression unless you vote for him. But if you do, he will make everything better “very, very, fast”. Because in his mind "crime and poverty" (i.e. non-republican black people), illegal…Continue
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Ackermann’s photographs are undeniably erotic. From the steely, uber-confident gazes of his models piercing the lens to the exposed shapely bodies contorting and posing, unapologetically embracing the realness of the moment. Intimacy is certainly a theme that runs throughout his images and theirs something almost voyeuristic about them. His portfolio features even more blatant allusions to sexuality. “To me, the human body is the most beautiful thing to observe and…Continue
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'Heavens Basement' is an ambient R&B release from singer/songwriter Hadassah. The video for the buttery single finds the songstress running from life’s demons and searching for inner solace in the face of adversity. "'Heavens Basement' was honestly a stream of consciousness piece of mine that was never suppose to be a song I shared. I wrote it as an affirmation for myself as a reminder that although shit may get hard I rather push through and keep grinding rather than…Continue
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Hypnotic and existential, the Brighton/Bristol-based collective Ink Project's latest single wavers on the reality and unreality of time. Dub-inflected with more than a little trip-hop vibe, the single features vocals from Trinidad-born Coreysan. The song's spaced-out sound sucks you into a timeless vortex where Coreysan's thesis rules supreme: the only thing that can transcend time is love. Cue the 303s, repeat, and fade in a wash of ambient sound. The single features 3…Continue
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In times such as these, it is important for our artists to also be our activists. For Chicago-based artist Jay Walton, activism comes in the form of cultural empowerment and influence. Illustrating primarily black pop culture references, his nostalgic imagery elicits a feel-good reminiscence and a sense of pride. As he transfers his drawings onto clothing (shoes & hats), customers are then…Continue
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Simultaneously stripped down, ethereal, and aggressive, Black Orchids' debut EP showcases a raw talent for powerful hooks. The 3 song EP showcases the vocal work of frontwoman Kay Elizabeth. Soaked in reverb, her voice towers over the psychedelic hard rock. On title track “Blood Moon,” the band makes the most of the interplay between baritone and bass guitars, for a heavy almost doom metal low end. The EP frequently hits those transcendent larger than life moments, nowhere…Continue
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Some of the films I love include, The Green Mile, Equilibrium, The Matrix, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Photographing Fairies and TV series, In The Flesh.
These films are very different in their own right. However, what has always inspired me with the intelligent, Fantasy/Scifi/Horror genre, is the use of current/past issues within society and creating a brand new environment/setting to tell the story. It’s akin to the grotesque in fairy tales,…Continue
History has been made yet again: Early this week, Compton teen Isaiah Cooper became the youngest African American pilot to fly over the continental US. The 16-year-old touched down Monday after his 8,000 mile journey after roughly 2 weeks (13 days), and was in no mood to rest. Already planning his next endeavor: To be the youngest pilot ever to travel around the world. Prepping to leave at 18, many will attest that he is more than equipped. A young professional,…Continue
Finding accessories that are cute, affordable, and agreeable with modern black hair may be hard to come by; but thanks to Dallas-based blogger and former fashion entrepreneur Jacque Amadi, there is finally a brand that fits all of these categories. Adorned By Chi has answered the call, providing handmade crowns, animal ears, and a vast collection of other cutesy accessories/ clothes for the modern black girl. (#BlackGirlMagic!)
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Check out the playful video for soul-singer Martha High’s brand new single ‘Hardest Working Woman’—a beautiful, retro-inspired soul track that harkens back to High’s roots as a backing vocalist. Honestly, a legend in her own right, High has provided supporting vocals for some of the most electric performers of all times, including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Police, Michael Jackson and many, many more. High was also a singer in James Brown's…Continue
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Today’s RAD CREATIVE is Oakland-raised, NYC-based photographer and documentarian Brittani Sensabaugh. Sensabaugh’s unique documentary-style of photography and *222Forgottencities* project that documents, rather than depicts. That authentically captures the look, feel, and history of communities that have had little true life representation. “My Overall Mission is to Document Communities that have been forgotten and people who feel they have no voice. I Shoot to bring…Continue
On July 17, 2014 at around 3:30pm in Staten Island, New York City, Eric Garner, 43, was murdered by the New York City Police Department. Earlier that same day, before 8am in Rio, Brazil, Pedro Ivo, 19, was murdered by Military Police from the Riot Police Battalion...
By Fire Angelou*, AFROPUNK contributor…
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Carri Twigg reports Live from the GOP Convention in Cleveland. She was an Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement and served as the White House liaison to the labor community. Carri is passionate about being an advocate for workers and families.
The morning after.
I’ve been on the ground in Cleveland for last two days covering the Republican National Convention. The purpose of modern political conventions is for a party to create and…
Born in small town Maryland- Jalen N'Gonda's upbringing was one saturated with a variety of culture and tradition. His strong Zambian roots succeed in adding a layer of depth to his work, while his time studying in Liverpool (at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) has influenced the trajectory of his influence and tone. N'Gonda's rich, complex, heritage is tangible in his latest single 'Holler (When you call my name)'- with it's smooth combination of 60's soul…Continue
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As the fight for Black Lives is amplified, it saturates all aspects of entertainment. Today, we are premiering the recent work of one of the many, importantly woke artists who use their craft to shift the tide: SMTH, the Brooklyn-born rapper, has answered the call and is offering a considerable input. In the new video for his latest track 'Mark of the Beast (Human)' the steady yearn for relief is artistically pedestrianized to the rawest form; as visuals of him squaring off with…Continue
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Last night- the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland- brought much in the realm of entertainment. From Trump's Kanye-esque entrance, to the hundreds of republicans booing him, trying to salvage their reputation with another candidate- there was much to see. The biggest take-away though, has to be the blatant plagiarizing of a one Melania Trump, as she recited a speech that was a…Continue
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Dispossessed are an indigenous metal band from Australia that’s serving up a no-holds barred, socially conscious dose of activism and postcolonial theory. To be blunt, their shit is hardcore. Intense from the jump, their EP ‘Insurgency’ is not for the faint of heart. Like tension released from the Earth's core, by-way-of volcano, ‘Insurgency’ is an unapologetically explosion of Aboriginal anger. Musically, the trio combines a highly energetic mix of shoegaze, industrial,…Continue
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AFROPUNK LONDON : SOON COME
FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AFROPUNK LONDON - INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTON - JOE KAY, THE WHOOLIGANS, HANNAH FAITH, EDEN HAGOS, MNEK, LADY LESHURR, SKINNY GIRL DIET AND MUCH MORE - "POWER TO THE PARTY"
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