It’s hard out there for a chick. Being bombarded with the media’s impossible standard of beauty, constantly telling us that we look "wrong" isn't easy to deal with on a daily basis.
I created the Every Body Project as a way to help women everywhere celebrate their bodies. I capture stylish women of all ages, body types and races to showcase their own unique beauty. After each photo, I ask every woman what her…
Hip-Hop is an ever-evolving musical genre doused in artistic fervor, creative expression and a mounting existence of political expression—and it’s most certainly, no longer limited to the United States. Hailing from the West African country of Burkina Faso, is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist by the name of Joey le Soldat. Formerly of the rap duo Waga 3000, Soldat has recently released his sophomore effort entitled, Burkin BÂ, released by Akwaaba Music / Tentacule…Continue
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A complete side note but…let me just say, CONGRATS to Lupita Nyong’o for her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and to 12 Years A Slave for Best Picture! To Lupita--what an excellent speech she gave—sat on my couch, eating Caribbean Coconut ice cream with tears running down my face—her journey as a black actress, who brings so much to the table, should be extremely inspiring to young females. Dreams, as she stated are achievable and “[n]o matter where you’re from, your dreams are…Continue
As Jarell Perry’s careers begins to take speed, the LA native releases his brand new White EP. You’ve probably already gotten to grips with singles 'Black Valentine' or 'Braindead' (the hot steamy visuals which premiered on AFROPUNK last month), but the seven-track EP has much more to offer.
By Ayara Pommells,…
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This is an open letter to Portland & the world from ‘The Black Portlanders’. My name is Intisar Abioto. I am a photographer and explorer here in Portland. I’m writing about 'The Black Portlanders'. Since February 2013, I’ve taken over 500 portraits of Black Americans in Portland for a photo-documentary work and blog called 'The Black Portlanders'. It has been featured in The Oregonian , Al Jazeera America, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Skanner , Portland Mercury, The…Continue
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Vinyl records of some of music's most legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone and James Brown have become completely shattered into pieces, but all in the name of art. Their legacy has found a new form of expression to contribute the mutual spirit of love, strength, hope, and resurrection in which they all shared. Visual artist, Lobyn Hamilton is the visionary behind these wonderful portraits created using only vinyl records from his personal…Continue
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Prince, 3rdEyeGirl, The New Power Generation & Liv Warfield's performance on the Arsenio Hall Show was off-the-hook. Prince even debuted a new fun-kay song, 'FUNKNROLL'.
Check out the videos below.…
At a time where people are gleefully taking the most stagnant of musical genres to new directions, to the chagrin of the purist detractors, the timing of louis logic's (all lowercase) return couldn't have been better. For those following as closely as possible to his work, louis logic's career was made to annihilate rap stereotypes one-by-one, all with wit and the honesty of your average alternative brotha. One review compared louis logic briefly to Busdriver, but only mentioning…Continue
Genre specialization has lately reached absurd heights. Arguments about whether something counts as post-punk or dance-punk or the finer points of metalcore clutter every inch of the internet. (I admit, I've taken part in my share...) So it makes sense that the new trend is wild genre mashups. There's hardly a person alive who only listens to one genre of music (and trust me, you don't want to sit next to that person at a party.) One of the more adventurous records on that front…Continue
'Feminist Enough' is a "video storytelling project that allows women of color to vocalize their views on feminism in their own words—most of which goes against the popular, sensationalized images of feminism in the mainstream", according to its creator Shannon Washington, who's also a creative director for cosmetics and hair products brands. The points of view presented conflict, and that's the point. "The purpose of this project is not to push a certain agenda nor viewpoint,…Continue
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The 2010s have summoned a new wave of feminism; one in which we’ve finally begun to acknowledge the fact that sexism and objectification has (not unlike racism) shape-shifted into less obvious but no less menacing disguises. More than ever before we’ve been waving the red flag at Rape Culture, and finally standing up to the chauvinistic tendencies of mainstream media, especially with the backlash of stunts by artists like Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. Black Feminist scholars…Continue
Watch a scene from the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000, 'All Is By My Side'!
The movie, which will make its US premiere at the SXSW Festival in Autsin, TX, was written and directed by John Ridley, who also wrote '12 Years a Slave'.
What do you think?…
Hey, I'm Simone Varano and I'm the producer of 'Hour by Hour'. The series was pretty much born out of the slums of creativity and the underground NYC lifestyle. I moved to New York about 4 years ago from Alexandria, VA to pursue my BBA degree at Parsons the New School for Design. When I got here, I became extremely captivated with downtown arts and culture scene in Brooklyn and wanted to completely submerge myself in it. What started as the typical "my life should be a TV show"…Continue
I'm loving UK artist Jetta. The Liverpudlian beauty has set tongue wagging on both sides of the pond after the release of her single “Feels Like Coming Home”. The singer/songwriter has been in the industry for a minute now, previously serving as a backup vocalist for Goodie Mob’s Cee Lo and fellow UK artist Paloma Faith. Jetta quotes her number one musical influence as being Annie Lennox, and I think the influence translates well through her music and performance…Continue
Hey guys, check out the 'Try This Instead' web series, a funny take on how to curb some people's enthusiastic and well-intentioned racial microaggressions!
Info: "Is someone telling you you're not really black or that something wasn't really racist? White friends won't stop touching your hair? Did your co-workers respond to you with "girlfriend?" Racial microaggressions are a part of everyday life for minorities, but do they have to be?…
“If you think Zwarte Piet and blackface is wrong in the Netherlands, what do you think about the Zulus?” This the question that sat waiting for me in my Facebook inbox from my mother (who has been a very active member of Facebook since 2011 and who clocks my page religiously, might I add). At first…Continue
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Sometimes you hear something so fresh but so natural and the only thing you can think is “how is it possible no-one's done this before?” With the case of Toronto's A Tribe Called Red, the answer is as obvious as it is damning of North American culture at large. Using Native American pow-wow chants as the backbone for what they call “pow-wowstep” the trio of native producers seeks to blend native dance with modern dance culture, and the results on A Tribe Called Red are simply…Continue
Hey guys, check out the 'Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution' exhibit at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York! "Pieces of black animated art from the 1970s from popular shows like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Schoolhouse Rock, and the Harlem Globetrotters".
More info: "Co-curated by cartoon aficionados Pamela Thomas and Loreen Williamson, …
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Hide the children! Brooklyn punk troublemakers and AFROPUNK Fest alums Cerebral Ballzy are going on tour and just revealed 'Speed Wobbles', a track off their upcoming album Jaded & Faded. The LP will be released on Cult Records this year and is produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio. The guys will also embark on a US tour this spring (see schedule below).…Continue
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Let the music take you "there". Danish/Zambian artist Kwamie Liv's latest track '5 AM' is an otherworldly electro-pop little number for rainy days. Lyrics by Kwamie Liv. Music/Production by Baby Duka & Kwamie Liv.