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INTERVIEW: AFROPUNK Paris performer Laura Mvula talks new music, finding balance on the road

British Alt. R&B Queen and AFROPUNK vet, Laura Mvula took a break while touring to speak with us ahead of her performance at AFROPUNK Paris this weekend! The busy musician opened up about finding balance ...

Added July 13, 2017

London's Tate Modern immortalizes the black revolution in tributary exhibit "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power"

Revolutions are sparked and continued by a collective agreement. This agreement to persistently voice and activate one's cause comes in many forms of-arguably one of the most important forms being through ...

Added July 12, 2017

Natural monument to Resistance: the Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge for those escaping slavery

Rarely is the real history of the Great Dismal Swamp ever talked about. There is a good reason. It was used for nearly 250 years as a sanctuary for those escaping slavery and colonialism. In the 1800s ...

Added July 12, 2017

WTF! Facebook bans hardcore band Negro Terror for "Hate Speech", doesn't ban their racist harassers

While U.S. Marines are sharing revenge porn and non-consensual pornographic photos of servicewomen for years and years, Facebook has been severely cracking down on pages and accounts belonging to Black ...

Added July 12, 2017

Nigerian-American filmmaker explores healing and self-discovery in upcoming feature film

‘The Beautiful Ones Are All Mad’ is the breathtaking visual project by Nigerian-American filmmaker Uche Aguh that follows the journey of a manic depressive, Kunle, and the psychiatric Intern, Lola, who ...

Added July 12, 2017

Macron says Africa's issue is "civilizational", fails to address France's imperialism

20 of the major economies on the planet unite annually at the G20 to discuss ways in which they can work together in order to improve the state of the world globally. It is during this forum that Emmanuel ...

Added July 12, 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: New York jazz-pop band tubafresh gets groovy in playful "Casper Connect"

New York-based jazz-pop band tubafresh (all lower case) was only formed this year, but they are already making waves. Led by sousaphonist Chanell Crichlow, the band's latest song “Casper Connect” is a ...

Added July 12, 2017

An open letter to "undateable Blerd men": It's not us, it's you

Another day partaking in the internet’s favorite pastime: slandering Black women. The latest 0 Kelvin take is also a staple: Why Black women made me, a Black man, date white women. An opinion piece so ...

Added July 12, 2017

Yorùbá-pop duo Ibeyi is back to lift your spirits with energetic new track "Away Away"

Your favorite twins are back in full effect with the release of their new single! "Away Away" is the perfect reintroduction of the revelating group, who've- Since the release of their critically-acclaimed ...

Added July 11, 2017

Interview: London-based company Printed Soles to vend at AFROPUNK Paris

We sat down with London-based company Printed Soles-hand designed, customised footwear- to learn a little bit more about their unique products and the mission that accompanies. As a Black-owned business ...

Added July 11, 2017

Yet another young Black Man killed by police: 20-year-old student Giovonn Joseph-McDade

With Summer 2017 not even half way over, there comes yet another victim of the ongoing war between police and our lives. 20 year old Giovonn Joseph-McDade, a resident of Kent, Washington and a student ...

Added July 11, 2017

Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47 is back with infectious summer anthem "Miss Me"

"MISS ME WITH THE BULLSH*T"= Mood for the rest of 2k17 thanks to the latest infectious track "Miss Me" from Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47. The masked performer sets it off with her first project of the year ...

Added July 11, 2017

Nelsan Ellis' family wants his addiction to be a cautionary tale to help others

In the wake of a death, it is often difficult to find a silver lining, seemingly impossible when that death is untimely. But the case of Nelsan Ellis and his family, his untimely death may be an instrument ...

Added July 11, 2017

Ibeyi is back to lift your spirits with energetic new track "Away Away"

Your favorite twins are back in full effect with the release of their new single! "Away Away" is the perfect reintroduction of the revelating group, who've- Since the release of their critically-acclaimed ...

Added July 11, 2017

Aid is a sham: The West is taking more from Africa than it is "giving"

Have you ever came across an aid campaign on TV picturing a child sitting on a dusty ground, wearing ripped clothes, with a fly wandering around his face. The child in question is told to be suffering ...

Added July 11, 2017

Vibrant photo series celebrates the diversity of Black men

Zak Salad is an East African-born British filmmaker whose work tackles the lack of visibility among Black men globally. His latest project, StrongBlackMen is a culmination of this work, a series of vibrant ...

Added July 11, 2017

Post-apocalyptic African fantasy series is in the works at HBO!

Brb. Screaming. Dying. With the help of "Game Of Thrones'" George RR Martin serving as executive producer, HBO is working on a series adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic Africa novel "Who Fears ...

Added July 11, 2017

Black-queer couple launches lifestyle brand celebrating Blackness, queerness and the resistance

"Jesus said to love your enemies, NOT to keep their asses around" –– This is one of the messages of Blairisms, a lifestyle brand founded by DC-based, Black, queer couple, Blair and Brandon Dottin-Haley ...

Added July 11, 2017

'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins' next film is a James Baldwin adaptation!

Academy Award-winning ‘Moonlight’ writer/director Barry Jenkins is set to direct an adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” as part of Jenkins’ production company Pastel’s deal with ...

Added July 11, 2017

South African artist Sibahle Nkumbi assaulted & pushed down stairs by racist asshole

It seems like every other day there's another story about racism and Airbnb. The latest revolves around South African visual artist Sibahle Steve Nkumbi, who was captured on video being thrown down a staircase ...

Added July 11, 2017

Painter Jurell Cayetano wows with post-impressionist portraits

Working with gouache and colored pencil, fine artist Jurell Cayetano creates post-impressionist style portraits that so delightfully employ elements of synthetism and cloisonnism techniques reminiscent ...

Added July 10, 2017

Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson Dandridge had no time for the madness

Gloria Richardson Dandridge is a civil rights icon best known for leading the 1960s Cambridge Movement in Cambridge, Maryland. Dandridge, who was initially reluctant to join actions organized by the Student ...

Added July 10, 2017

AFROPUNK Paris Activism Row: these organizations are doing important work in the city

is only days away! And though this year's festival features our most exciting lineup yet (including Yasiin Bey [Mos Def], Macy Gray, Laura Mvula and more!), we're not only here for entertainment. We have ...

Added July 10, 2017

KKK's march to protest removal of Confederate statue was outnumbered by counter-protest

Charlottesville, VA. was fired up and ready to go over the weekend when throngs of protesters flooded the downtown area to resist the presence of supporters and members of Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux ...

Added July 10, 2017

Tyler, The Creator maybe, possibly comes out in leaked album

After announcing the July 21st release date for his newest album, ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’, Tyler, The Creator fans woke up to reports that the album had in fact leaked early. The 14-track release features ...

Added July 10, 2017