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FEATURE: See Donald Masoga’s take on the street fashion scene of Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Donald Masoga is an up-and-coming photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa who has a deep passion for representing the stories of African people through his artwork. “My vision is to tell African stories via Photography. People, moments, fashion, trends, and art are the things that I focus on most of the time when I take photos. And I'm inspired by AFROPUNK,” says Masoga.



Masoga’s street photography shows off the impeccable fashion, style, and swag…

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FEATURE: BLACK PUNK HISTORY—Badass drummer Karla Maddog

Drummer Karla Maddog joined The Controlers in early 1978, where her charismatic personality, impressive skills on the drum kit, and funnily enough, her PR skills played a major role in thrusting the band into a short string of successes (the release of ‘Suburban Suicide’ and tracks on legendary punk compilation ‘Tooth and Nail’) before their 1979 break-up. This was only the beginning for Maddog who briefly moved to England to play in Sexsick with Black Flags’ Kira…

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: London-based ambient RandB singer ECHOES drops sexy, somber ode to heartbreak anthem, ‘Valentine’ #SoundCheck

London-based ambient RandB singer Echoes’ new single 'Valentine' is a sexy, somber ode to the break-up. Its the cynical sludge that coats one’s heart once you emerge from the tunnel of love, empty-handed and much colder. "The track is about being ‘over’ love - all the cheesy films and Valentines Day cards- you can keep them because it all feels like smoke & mirrors when you’ve just broken up with someone. There’s always a point after a break up when you think-…

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OP-ED: Mayor de Blasio continues push for zoning reform efforts to increase housing affordability

In New York City, Mayor Bill be Blasio is proposing major city zoning reform as a measure to protect and build affordable housing for Brooklynites. The proposal, the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, aims to dismantle the “Tale of Two Cities”, i.e. the availability of affordable housing for lower income New York residence. The policy lays out requirement that developers build 25 to 30% of all new units for affordability in…

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FEATURE: London-based visual artist Heather Agyepong's photographic series 'Too Many Blackamoors'

'Too Many Blackamoors' is photographic series by London-based visual artist and photographer Heather Agyepong. The thematic series is based on a 1596 event in which Queen Elizabeth penned an open letter to the lord mayor of London, demanding the forceable removal of the “blackamoors”, or dark skinned black Africans,…

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FEATURE: Check out the work of self-taught fashion and editorial photographer Sherrod Bolden

Sherrod Bolden began teaching himself photography nearly seven years ago after playing around with a camera while working on a photo shoot as a model. It was love and first sight and he hasn’t looked back since. What’s striking about Bolden’s photography is his ability to capture texture and color without the use of heavy post-production manipulation.…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Brazilian rapper Moah's freestyle track 'Basquiat'

Check out this freestyle video from Brazilian rapper Moah preforming ‘Basquiat’, a track about the lifestyle of black Brazilian and the rich creative culture of the community. “The song is also about doing it yourself, because we can’t wait for our corrupt government to have an awakening, this needs to come from ourselves. We can’t be "hostages of the status quo, can’t be 'new slaves’,” Moah tells AFROPUNK.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK…

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NEW MUSIC: Minority Threat's 'Culture Control' Is An Instant Hardcore Classic #SoundCheck

With a name like Minority Threat (and a photo of the band freezing in mid-air) there's really only two ways this could have gone: kinda corny NOFX-style pop punk overripe with movie catchphrases and “jokes” that are doomed to be dated in a week at least half of which are borderline misogynistic, or blistering issues-based hardcore with an innate sixth sense what to take seriously and what not to. Luckily for us, it's the second. Minority Threat's Culture Control is…

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NEW MUSIC: Indie go-go band RDGLDGRN releases new spaced out single, "Just A Lie"

RDGLDGRN is an indie go-go band from suburban Virginia that fuses hip-hop, post-punk, neo-soul into a creation that sounds like…well, like RDGLDGRN. Their latest release, “Just A Lie” is a nebulous combination of peculiar marching band-inspired percussion, staccato synth, and slick…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Experimental soul singer/songwriter Nicholas Ryan Gant drops Kriswontwo-produced pre-summertime jam, ‘Everyone’

Experimental soul singer/songwriter Nicholas Ryan Gant drops his brand new single, ‘Everything’, exclusively for AFROPUNK. The track, a collaboration with producer Kriswontwo, is a blend of futuristic RandB where electronic zips and dings…

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FEATURE: Award-winning fine arts photographer Adrian Richards

Check out a few photographs from award-winning fine arts photographer Adrian Richards. Richards, who has been seriously pursuing photography since 2008, specializes in portraits and body forms and creating specific photographic themes, motifs, and moods that are suited for any client’s decor to seamlessly integrate his art work into any setting.



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FEATURE: Black Punk History—Punk Pioneers Bad Brains

For the newbs, Bad Brains are one of the most influential hardcore punk bands, ever. Brains was formed in Washington, D.C circa 1977 by H.R. aka Human Rights aka Paul Hudson, Earl Hudson, Darryl Jenifer, Sid McCray, Gary Miller aka Dr. Know as the short-lived jazz fusion ensemble Mind Power, an experimental project that would ultimately lead to the bands shift away from metal and introduction to punk. From there, their sound continued to evolve,…

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NEW MUSIC: 'New Toy' from singer/songwriter STELLA

New music from New York-based singer/songwriter Stella (daughter of Carlos Santana). Her recent single, ‘New Toy’ is a dreamy soundscape of velvety, experimental RandB. A little bit of jazz, a little indie rock, and a whole lot of heart. ‘New Toy’ describes the vulnerability of starting a new relationship, the potential for heartbreak, and the…

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FEATURE: Mokshini weekly fashion illustration (AFROPUNK NY Fest edition!) - Oya Noire

Here is this week's Mokshini illustration! Meet beautiful singer Oya Noire. That hair though... @oyanoire





By Nadeesha Godamunne*, AFROPUNK Contributor

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AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Indie-folk sister act Xylaroo drops feel-good first single, 'Sunshine'

Xylaroo is a tight-knit, London-based sister-duo making feel good indie folk music for the wander’s soul. Their first single, ‘Sunshine’, is a dose of infectious lightness coupled with pure optimism you might only find from people who have seen and experienced many different ways of life. Which makes a lot of sense given the sister’s nomadic upbringing. Only…

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NEW MUSIC: Stunner Eryn Allen Kane releases second half of debut project 'Aviary: Act II'

Yesterday, my high-key favorite singer ATM Eryn Allen Kane released the second half of her highly anticipated debut project, ‘Aviary: Act II’—a hair-raising sampling of mostly energetic vintage soul songs, punctuated by understated instrumentation on tracks like ‘How Many Times’. Kane guides us through both Act I and Act II with her…

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FEATURE: F.I.T. graduate Max Luger captures grit and personality in black and white portraits.

Check out the photography of editorial/music journalism/event photographer and musician Max Luger. Little can be said about this mysterious F.I.T. graduate background, possibly based in Brooklyn (maybe Atlanta), but no matter because Max takes gorgeous portraits, among other things.



By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor…

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FEATURE: Black Punk History — AFROPUNK alums Pure Hell

This Black History Month we’re honoring, who else other than our fav throwback black punk rockers. Today in Black Punk History we’d like to shout-out Philly’s Pure Hell—one of, if not the, first afro punk bands to hit the punk scene in the 1970s. Pure Hell was a four-member punk ensemble that spent the last few years of the ‘70s playing whichever venues they could get into. Soon after, the boys picked…

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FEATURE: 'Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body' exhibition open at Chicago's Woman Made Gallery

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago is exhibiting ‘Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body’, a group show that challenges the supremacist systems that marginalize and disenfranchise black female bodies.



The show explores the projected images and perceptions of black women in American culture and the paradox of being simultaneously fetishized…

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FEATURE: #BlackHistoryMonth — Cecil Rhodes was just as bad as the other psychopath

Cecil Rhodes, founder of De Beers Diamonds in South Africa, a celebrated imperialist and businessman, for whom the worlds most celebrated and prestigious scholarship, The Rhodes Scholarship, is named after, killed millions of blacks during and as the subsequent result of his reign of imperialistic terror on the continent. “Rhodes connived his way to wealth in a lawless frontier culture, then used that fortune to fund a private invasion of East Africa. He bought newspapers…

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