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Afro-Punk Announces 7th Annual Festival, August 27-28! Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon , Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch, and more to be added

Afro-Punk Announces 7th Annual Festival, August 27-28! Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon , Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch, and more to be added!

2011 Festival will also include the first annual Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Festival and Harley Davidson/Black Chrome Custom Bike Show

The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The 2011 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch and more to be added! In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.

There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area’s hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP’s.

Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.

Described by the New York Timesas putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.

Afro-Punk 2011 Band Lineup

Cee-Lo Green
Janelle Monae
Jay Electronica
Toro Y Moi
Toshi Reagon
Cerebral Ballzy
Gordon Voidwell
Reggie Watts
Rocky Business
Straight Line Stitch

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Lupe Fiasco, Janelle Monae, J.Cole & More for Numbers Don’t Lie Mixtape

To continue the campaign of getting our urban youth to show up at the polls during the November 2nd midterm elections, The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) has teamed up with DJ Willie Shakes (host) for an allstar mixtape.

Comprising of the best political/civc engagement based hip-hop songs, The League of Young Voters Education Fund Presents: Numbers Don’t Lie: The November 2nd Edition features musical heavyweights including Lyfe Jennings, J.Cole, Yelawolf, Paul Wall, Glasses Malone, Jay Electronica, MURS, Raekwon, Lupe Fiasco, Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae and more.

The goal? To activate not only urban youth, but our young adults as a whole to stand up and fight for the issues they want to see changed in their neighborhoods and states by using the power of voting.

We would love to feature this mixtape on the site. Below is the tracklisting, as well as a DL link to the mixtape and artwork. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Numbers Don’t Lie: The November 2nd Edition Mixtape DL Link

Mixtape artwork

Numbers Don’t Lie: The November 2nd Edition Mixtape Tracklisting
Intro – Numbers Don’t Lie – DJ Willie Shakes
Statistics – Lyfe Jennings
BMF Freestyle – Lupe Fiasco
People Kill People – Rock City
Good Evening – Mac Miller
Issues – 810
Problems – J. Cole
I Wish – Yelawolf ft. Raekwon
Cold War – Glasses Malone
Live It – Paul Wall ft. Raekwon, Jay Electronica
Influential – Safs Crew
The Problem Is – Murs
Black is Beautiful – Fowl
Repercussions – Lauryn Hill
Cold War – Janelle Monae
About The League of Young Voters Education Fund:
The League of Young Voters Education Fund makes civic engagement relevant by meeting young people where they are, working on the issues that affect their lives, and providing them with tools, training, and support to become viable players in the civic process. Our target constituencies are young people, people of color and non-college youth, so a large part of this engagement is and always has been hip-hop influenced. LYVEF was founded on a movement: hip hop, a collection of artists and activists using their creative talents to empower their people. This empowerment resonates deeply with our message and is part of the backbone of our outreach. Over the years, LYVEF has seen a significant divide between the urban blogging/new media communities and the youth political movement.

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MYSPACE MUSIC NOW “INTRODUCING…” Taio Cruz, Janelle Monáe, AM Taxi and Delphic

MYSPACE MUSIC NOW “INTRODUCING…” Taio Cruz, Janelle Monáe, AM Taxi and Delphic

MySpace Music proudly presents the third round of talented artists to be showcased through “Introducing…,” the company’s marquee music program designed to allow the discovery and championing of new artists through a series of specially-tailored online and offline promotional opportunities. “Introducing…” leverages the breadth of the MySpace Music platform by presenting a variety of exclusive content premieres aimed at connecting these emerging artists with the most engaged music audience on the web.

“Introducing…” presents new artists to the MySpace Music audience through key content features including album, single and video premieres, featured playlists, behind-the-scenes footage, “getting to know you” interviews and much more helping to create and build a loyal fan base within the community. Through this promotional and editorial program, MySpace Music is able to create pre-release activity, concentrated release day media and sustained post-release momentum for all participating “Introducing…” artists.

For the next 12 weeks MySpace Music will be introducing users to Taio Cruz, Janelle Monae, AM Taxi and Delphic.

Taio Cruz – Taio Cruz is a 25-year-old BRIT Award-nominated star whose single “Break Your Heart” (feat. Ludacris) recently took over the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the iTunes Overall Song Chart with over one million digital copies sold in just 5 weeks. The accomplished multi-instrumental musician released his latest album “Rokstarr” in late-2009 in the UK, and Mercury Records has announced a May 18 release date for the U.S. release of the album. (

Janelle Monáe is a Grammy Award-nominated funk soul punk singer/songwriter/producer and performer hailing from Kansas City, Kansas. Monae’s latest album is packed with a star-studded cast: Big Boi of OutKast, Saul Williams, Of Montreal, Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.Monáe toured as the opening act for No Doubt on their summer 2009 tour, and her single, “Open Happiness,” was featured in the 2009 season finale of “American Idol.” Her new album, “The ArchAndroid,” is scheduled for a May 18 release and she joins the “Lilith Fair” tour this summer. (

AM Taxi – With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, the Chicago-based band combines experience with exuberance and are one of only a few bands chosen to perform on the entire 2010 Warped Tour run prior to releasing a full-length album. The band was formed almost two years ago-with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt-by longtime bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann. The band’s debut album, “We Don’t Stand a Chance,” will be released on June 8, 2010 via Virgin Records. (

Delphic – Delphic are post-dance futurist nostalgics from Manchester, UK, who have managed to take repetitive beats and crisp electronics out of the underground to emerge as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. “Acolyte,” the band’s debut album, was released in the UK at the start of this year and debuted at #8 on the UK album charts. The months leading up to the release saw UK critics buzzing with praise and soon found publications like NME, Q, and The Times of London declaring “Acolyte” one of 2010’s best debut records. “Acolyte” will see its long-awaited US release on June 29, 2010 via Dangerbird Records. (

Recent “Introducing…” alumni include Never Shout Never and Jason Derulo, both of whom had Top 25 sales chart debuts while participating in the program.