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What ya’ll wearing?: 5 Online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Primer

What ya’ll wearing?: 5 online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Premiere

Written by Benjamin Unanaowo

Marvel shared their latest trailer for Black Panther after Kendrick Lamar’s College Football Playoff half-time performance.

With less than 40 days before the film debuts there’s one thing on many anticipated watchers mines:

WHAT Y’ALL WEARING

The threads in the Black Panther film will be a curated dream team mash up of two time Academy Award nominees costume designer  Ruth E. Carter and Nigerian designer Wake Oyejide whose behind the Ikiré Jones label which is a blend of traditional African prints and western attire. While it would be nice to stroll into the premier rocking something from Mr. Oyejide collection, I don’t know about ya’ll cousins but I don’t have vibranium coin money. No worries, here is a list of some nice alternatives.

Diyanu

https://www.diyanu.com/

Right now H&M is none too popular cousins. You will def get a side eye walking into the movies with their threads on. No problem, check out Diyanu they are basically the African H&M in terms of urban options and affordable pricing.

Fandjam

https://www.fanmdjanm.com

Every queen deserves a crown and what better way to adorn yourself in on of these fly head-wraps from UK Fanm Djanm. Their collection offers a wide array of colors and patterns that can be tied into a multitude of styles. Check out one of their how-to video’s  https://vimeo.com/173909278 

Grassfields

https://www.grass-fields.com/

Handmade beautiful African prints clothing handmade in Cameroon and the UK Grass-fields boasts an impressive array of apparel. With clothing for children and teens, the whole family can be dressed to view the royal family of Wakanda. Moreover, all ladies sizes are not only welcomed but flattered. There is a host of plus-size models and patrons that frequent their social media sites, so rejoice curry chicks they got ya back.

Pocket Square Project

https://thepocketsquareproject.org/

The Pocket Square Project helps young Kenyan artists, many of whom suffer from HIV. If you’ve shopped with Warby Parker or Tom’s you’re already hip to philanthropic fashion. Beyond the style, these companies employ a sense of philanthropy by pledging to give a pair of glasses or shoes away to the less fortunate with every purchase. Well now you can accessorize and give back to the motherland in style. 

Okeri Collection

www.okericollection.com/

Black girl Magic stalwart and t-shirt fashionista Issa Rae has made Afrocentric t-shirts all the rage figuratively and literally. Okeri Collection is a Nigerian run online clothing store with some dope apparel. Pair some of their stylish tee’s with a blazer and Azonto into the theater and get all of your life.

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Top Ten Hip Hop Albums of 2017

Top Ten Hip Hop Albums 2017

Written by Jason Terrell

This year has been an overwhelming year for music. Between albums, playlists, mixtapes, and collab projects, It seemed like every month there was a crazy project dropping. Most projects require one listen before I make a decision whether they will get a replay but before I can determine an album’s quality, I have to sit with it for a few weeks and even months. To say the least, 2017 was full of music from Jazz, Hip/Hop, and R&B.

I’ve been thinking about my top 10 Hip/Hop albums for the year and I want to share with the Sonic Breakdown community. My 10 was chosen from it’s replay ability, impact, Instagram mention, and whether or not I actually purchased the CD or digital album. Because the year was full of music, I may not have heard every project but I have heard the majority of “mainstream” and underground projects.Continue reading

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Lessons from Lil Peep

Lesson from Lil Peep

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Losing an artist who has contributed to the climate change in hip-hop has ignited conversation about not only opioid addiction, but also the uncomfortable talk about mental illness. The sudden death of Soundcloud sensation, Lil Peep, has made many reevaluate not only his actions leading up to his overdose, but also other artists who are channeling similar demons through music. For an artist who has documented his depression and addiction to Xanax in his music for a minute, why did we not intervene? Why does it take death to highlight cries for help that consumers are oblivious to and continue to glamourize self-medication?Continue reading

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Night with Syd tha Kid

Night with Syd tha Kyd

Written by Bettina Mayberry

THE TIME: 8:17 pm.

THE LOCATION: Downtown Dallas

“Omg bruh. They deep as HELL out here!!! I mean I knew there was going to be a good turnout but like this though??! I hope I’m able to actually get in” I blurted aloud as I sat in the backseat of my UBER, twisting my hair anxiously as my driver pulled up to the venue on this clear, warm night.

The line wrapped around the building of the famous South Side Music Hall November 14 as an eclectic, beautiful mix of excited concert goers waited outside in palpable anticipation to see Syd as she stopped by for the Dallas leg of her Always Never Home Tour.   Continue reading

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Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

Meek Mill : Wins & Losses

Written by Delmar Napue

Earlier this year Meek Mill released his highly anticipated 3rd studio album, “Wins & Losses”. An album surrounded by much speculation because of the drama filled 2 Years Meek has gone through. Both his haters and supporters eager to see if he can bounce back from the perceived “L’s” he’d taken. Many wondered if his relationship and break up with pop star Nicki Minaj, rap beefs with Drake and numerous others, along with the social media backlash would finally put a chink in his armor, and with the title “Wins & Losses”, for many, that theory was all but confirmed. Continue reading

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Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

King Remembered in Time (K.R.I.T.)

Written by Jason Terrell

I met K.R.I.T. at a concert in Atlanta in 2009. At the time, he was early into his career, and the club was empty, so I had the opportunity to stand a couple of feet away as he flowed through “Children of the World.” Afterwards, I went to shake his hand and told him that I felt his song on a deep level and he told me to “stay up, more music was to come.” So I am pretty invested in K.R.I.T.’s music and honestly believe his name rings bells. “K.R.I.T. stands for King Remembered in Time, AKA- Although they don’t see me now, they will one day. Continue reading

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4 songs to add to your #WCW Playlist

4 songs to add to your #WCW Playlist

By Benjamin Unanaowo

Halloweens over and preseason for cuffing season has ended. As sure as the autumn leaves will fall you’ve already probably fallen for your social media crush. These 5 tracks may give you the confidence to slide in the DM’s but beware; Halloween, may be over but you can still get shredded worst then a horror flick.

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5 Artist you Need to Follow on IG and Buy From

5 Artist you Need to Follow on IG and Buy From

Written by Benjamin Unanaowo
The dance between artist and hip hop artist has been going on for quite since a few B-Boys decided to start break beating, spinning rhymes, and drawing graffiti mosaics in through the boroughs of New York. Today, the advent of technology, namely the internet, has not only allowed the spread of hip hop across the globe but apps like Instagram have become the new Lourve. A testing ground for trained and freeform painters, sketchers and artist alike. There are a plethora to chose but here are 5 artist on IG that are really making a mark.

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Sabrina Claudio About Time

Its Sabrina Claudio’s “About Time

 

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Rhythm and blues, the gateway to delicate souls. The subgenres contemporary R&B can be categorized has expanded throughout the years, from old school funk to pop soul to alternative R&B. For 21-year-old Sabrina Claudio, redefining R&B and separating herself from her contemporaries is something she does well. The Miami native is a breath of fresh air, a young woman whose songs like “Unravel Me” and “Everlasting Love” off her new EP “About Time” demonstrate the true art of seduction with innocence and simplicity.

She has blossomed before our eyes, gracing fans with an EP “Confidently Lost” in May of this year. The 26-minute project features original pieces serves as a quick introduction to who Sabrina Claudio is. The loveliness and effortlessness of Claudio’s voice attracts the late-night listener, slow jams for the soul.

“About Time” gave the singer the opportunity to showcase her versatility and vulnerability. With more of an established platform off the success of her first project, Claudio took risks and branches into different sounds which complimented her songwriting and vocals. Songs like “Used To” took an Afro-beat approach vs “Frozen” which channeled her inner sensuality and intimacy. She is charming, soothing and clear with her intent while luring listeners into her heart.

With two Eps under her belt, Claudio has generated a fan base that continues to fall in love with her music as well as her aesthetic. She is stunning and has the voice of an angel, a blossoming rose.

“Belong to You Remix” featuring 6lack demonstrates the chemistry the R&B geniuses have together. It is an understatement to say their upcoming tour together will captivate many as Claudio will be supporting 6lack on the Free 6lack tour this fall.