AFROPUNK Returns to Brooklyn on 9/10-9/11; The Roots and Burna Boy to Headline

AFROPUNK evolved from an idea, to a single-day event, to a worldwide movement, but its heart still lies in Brooklyn, where it was founded in 2004. Today, the world-renowned festival announces the lineup for AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022, its first Brooklyn festival since 2019, recruiting headliners The Roots and Burna Boy. A celebration of Black joy and a testament to the resilience of the Brooklyn community, AFROPUNK touches down in Commodore Barry Park on September 10thand 11th

Citi Cardmember-exclusive presale tickets are available now. Fans who sign up to the AFROPUNK Community by texting “AFROPUNK” to (718) 550-6268 will have exclusive access to presale pricing ($135 + fees)  before the price increases for the general on-sale tickets ($160 + fees). The AFROPUNK Community presale starts on Thursday, June 16th, at 10 AM ET, and general on-sale tickets are available on Friday, June 17th, at 10 AM ET

The relaunched AFROPUNK Brooklyn brings a constellation of the most exciting artists in modern music to Commodore Barry Park. The legendary Roots crew headlines the first night, celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band with a set that draws from their decade-spanning catalog. Closing out the festival on the second night is Burna Boy, performing songs from his upcoming album Love, Damini during his first headlining set at a U.S. festival and his first show in New York City since he sold out Madison Square Garden in April. 

Beyond the headliners brings a group of game-changing names looking to make a statement at AFROPUNK. TDE rhymer Isaiah Rashad graces the stage for his first-ever AFROPUNK performance, ready to embrace an inclusive and accepting new community as he continues the latest chapter in his life and career. Notable big names on the lineup include Lucky DayeFreddie GibbsTierra Whack, and Earl Sweatshirt, who performed at his first AFROPUNK since reuniting with Tyler, The Creator and Syd at AFROPUNK 2016.

The AFROPUNK lineup highlights the diversity of sound and style present in the Black music community, bringing standout acts from all genres and nations to Commodore Barry. Rising star Bartees Strange makes his AFROPUNK debut, bringing his personal and hard-charging rock music to the stage. Richmond, VA quintet Butcher Brown made their name with laid back instrumental jazz, but their upcoming  AFROPUNK performance shows off a new direction, with prominent guest vocalists, some of whom will join them on stage. Known for blending R&B with traditional AfroBeats, Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold follows behind Burna Boy as a contingent of exciting artists from the African continent, including rising artist SPINALL, whose hit “Palazzo” w/ Asake is climbing Billboard’s Hot Afrobeats chart.

AFROPUNK is a festival for the community, so it’s only natural that the festival welcomes artists from the Brooklyn community to the stage. Slated to perform are Rodney Chrome, a rising Brooklyn rapper, Alex Mali, the self-proclaimed “alt-R&B queen,” and Talia Goddess, an exciting hip-hop artist from the borough. Stay tuned to AFROPUNK on socials and text “AFROPUNK” to (718) 550-6268 for more announcements about lineup additions, as more exciting names join the bill.

AFROPUNK is more than a festival, it’s a celebration of life, music, food, and culture in the Black community. As always, AFROPUNK offers an exciting array of unique activations to entertain and enlighten attendees between sets. AFROPUNK hosts the Spinthrift Market, a shop market full of talented makers, selectors and curators from the New York area, and AFROPUNK’s Bites ‘n Beats, which provides event goers an opportunity to indulge in cuisines from NYC chefs and local food trucks. 

Stay tuned for more information on these activations, and more to be announced.

Buy tickets for AFROPUNK 2022:

Citi Cardmember Presale
Tuesday June 14th at 10am ET – Thursday, June 16th at 9:59am ET
 $135 + fees for GA, $125 for VIP add-on

AFROPUNK Community Presale 
Thursday, June 16th at 10am ET – Friday, June 17th at 9:59am ET
$135 + fees for GA, $125 for VIP add-on

General On Sale
On Sale: Friday, June 17th at 10am ET
$160+ fees, plus $125 for VIP add-on

300 Ent & Hot97 Premiere “Protect Black Art” PSA At Summer Jam Ft. Message From Young Thug, Polo G, Post Malone, NAV, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled + More

Last night, artists and fans alike stood in solidarity to “Protect Black Art”, a movement centered around the criminalization of black musicians’ artistry by using their lyrics against them in the courtroom. In lieu of Young Thug and Gunna’s highly anticipated headlining performance at Summer Jam, there was a surprise performance by Meek Mill — who has been an advocate for the passing of the “Rap Music On Trial” bill in New York. During the performance, Meek used his time on stage to bring light to the current situation that Young Stoner Life Records artists are facing and advocate for their freedom.

After the performance, a powerful PSA highlighting the “Protect Black Art” movement and the injustices of using lyrics against Young Thug, Gunna, and the artists of YSL (Young Stoner Life) played across the screens. The PSA featured messages from the likes of Post MalonePolo GMeek MillG HerboDJ KhaledNAVLondon On Da Track, and Kevin Liles as they all detailed the importance of protecting black art. The PSA also featured a recorded message from Young Thug thanking the public for their support and encouraging fans to sign the “Protect Black Art” petition.

The “Protect Black Art” petition was launched on Thursday, June 9th by Kevin Liles (Chairman and CEO of 300 Entertainment/Elektra Music Group) and Julie Greenwald (Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records). In an open letter, they launched the petition which called for changing the practice of using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials and advocated for the passing of legislation such as S.7527/A.8681, better known as the “Rap Music On Trial Bill” – read the full letter HERE. The bill is now up for vote in the New York State Assembly and the “Protect Black Art” petition aims to garner widespread support to push the bill across the finish line, as well as gain awareness of the unfair weaponization of creative expression that Black artists like Young Thug and Gunna are currently facing.

As the message of “Protect Black Art” continues to spread, the music industry and fans alike gather to support the liberation of Black art, the passing of the “Rap Music On Trial Bill” and the freedom of YSL.

Lil Baby, Lil Durk, City Girls & More Shut Down Hot 97 Summer Jam + Tribute To DJ Kay Slay & HOT 97’s Vow To Protect Black Art

[Lil Baby (Photo credit: Jamel Martin)]

HOT 97 (WQHT-FM), Hip Hop’s biggest concert, HOT 97’s Summer Jam returned to MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. Known for legendary performances and history-defining moments, this year’s Summer Jam concert over-delivered, exceeding fan expectations. 

The highlight of the night came when Quality Control/Motown top recording artist Lil Baby caused pure pandemonium as the hyped-up crowd rapped along to hit singles “Drip Too Hard” & “Yes Indeed.” Lil Baby’s performance was followed up by longtime collaborator and Hip Hop heavyweight Lil Durk who performed with special guests Meek MillNardo Wick & French Montana

Meek Mill (Photo credit: Daniel Vasquez)

Earlier in the evening, the audience experienced raw, adrenaline-filled performances from DreamDoll and Pusha T. Fans chanted as West Coast superstar, Roddy Ricch hit the stage to perform his hit records “High Fashion” featuring DJ Mustard & “The Box”, while all the ladies roared in unison for rap-duo City Girls, who appeared on stage draped in diamonds and their signature high-fashion, performing fan-favorite singles “Twerkulator” & “Act Up.”

DreamDoll (Photo credit: Emerald Knox)

One of the most anticipated moments of the evening was the all-star tribute to the Drama King, the late great DJ Kay Slay. A staple in the Hip Hop community and HOT 97 family, the celebration orchestrated by friend and rapper Papoose did not disappoint. The set included performances by Busta RhymesRemy MaFat JoeMaino, The Lox’s JadakissSheek Louch and Styles P., Dipset’s Juelz Santanaand Jim Jones. Friends and family of DJ Kay Slay joined the stage while fans rejoiced in celebration of the life and legacy of the Drama King.

Kay Slay loved authenticity and represents the streets! I knew the artists who came out had to embody that!” Said Papoose, who orchestrated the tribute along with T.T. Torrez (Hot 97 VP of Artist & Label Relations) & DJ Spazzo. “While putting it together I was extremely emotional! I didn’t know if I would be able to walk on that stage without breaking down but I pulled it off! Kay Slay was watching over me!

Jadakiss photographed on stage during DJ Kay Slay’s tribute (Photo credit: Walik Goshorn)

HOT 97 stood in solidarity with the Hip Hop community by putting a spotlight on the “Protect Black Art” movement, delivering a surprise tribute to Young Thug & Gunna, two artists who are currently being held without bond, partly based on prosecutors presenting song lyrics as evidence. Led by music mogul Kevin Liles, “Protect Black Art” is petitioning against the practice of violating the first amendment rights of artists. The audience was surprised with an exclusive message from Young Thug, included within a PSA produced by 300 Entertainment and bringing awareness to the recent unjust practice of using lyrics against rap artists. The PSA featured heartfelt messages from DJ KhaledPost MaloneG-HerboLondon on the Track& others. (Link to PSA)

The evening began with some fireworks on the festival village stage as the legendary Cardi B joined B-LOVEE, and Dougie B on stage, shocking the crowd with an appearance on their track “Shake It.” Other high energy acts included a shutdown performance by Cordae, a raw and entertaining set by NLE ChoppaYung BleuDrewksi & Friends, and Lady London on HOT 97’s legendary festival stage. Followed by an infectious, fun performance from Saucy SantanaJnr ChoiBabyface Ray.  As concertgoers filled the stadium, the main stage kicked off with DreamDoll, followed by Jamaican dancehall artist Shenseea Benny The Butcher.

Cardi B photographed after her performance with Nessa, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Budden & DJ Drewski (Photo credit: Daniel Vazquez)

The evening came to a close as New York’s hometown hero, Fivio Foreign hit the stage. After appearing last year as one of Summer Jam’s special surprise guests, fans and industry peers alike rooted for Fivio and his recent chart-topping success with his sophomore album “B.I.B.L.E.” HOT 97 Summer Jam has always been known for all-star surprise performances and this year did not disappoint when Coi LerayChlöe BaileyRowdy Rebel & Skillibeng, joined Fivio on stage to close out the festival with all of his hit records.

Chief Keef and BMG Partner to Launch New Label venture 43B & Sign Lil Gnar

The Multi-Platinum, Billboard chart-topping artist and progenitor of Drill music, Chief Keefhas just launched his new label 43B [Forget Everybody] in partnership with RBC Records/BMG. Since 2014, Chief Keef has released numerous albums through RBC, including his fan-favorite projects Sorry 4 The WeightThot Breaker, and Mansion Musick. In 2018, RBC was acquired by BMG, laying the groundwork for Keef’s new partnership with BMG. His new venture 43B is a multi-tiered label offering distribution and marketing services for artists and producers who are shifting music and culture, providing the resources, guidance, and infrastructure they need to thrive in today’s music industry. The name, 43B, stands for Forget Everybody, stressing the importance of individuality and autonomy—two factors that have played heavily into Keef’s path as an artist. The label will be helmed by Chief Keef’s long time manager, Idris Dykes who will be acting as co-CEO, as well as Sophie Kautz who has been appointed as the Head of A&R and Marketing. With the launch of 43B, Chief Keef is also proud to announce his first artist signing, the Atlanta-based rapper, Lil Gnar. 43B is a work of passion for Chief Keef and Lil Gnar is emblematic of the values and vision he hopes to foster with his new venture.

photo credit: Colourful mula

SHEEN Magazine Named Joint Media Sponsor for Walker Theatre’s 95th-Anniversary Concert featuring “Babyface”

Amidst the nationwide “Black Music Month” traditions and global Juneteenth celebrations, the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center is gearing up for its 95th Anniversary with a weekend of events.  Kicking off this landmark occasion Friday, June 17, Indianapolis native and winner of 12-Grammys, 3-American Music Awards, 2-MTV Awards, numerous NAACP and Soul Train Awards, Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, will be inducted into the MWLC Walk of Fame.  Next, patrons will enjoy a “Roaring 20’s” theme formal dinner-gala followed by an unforgettable (SOLD OUT) concert by the international superstar.  The MWLC will host the inaugural block party on Saturday and Sunday, including a Kid’s and Grown Folks Zone featuring a #DaddyDoDay (Daddy-Daughter Duo Hairstyling Competition).  This action-packed weekend culminates with a Gospel performance by one of the sisters of the multi-award-winning Gospel Group Clark Sisters, Karen Clark Sheard (presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America).  MWLC President Kristian Stricklen says, “This celebration will focus on the history of the Madam Walker Legacy Center and spotlight the great things to come within the walls of our newly restored building.  Therefore, we were intentional when planning this monumental weekend and made sure a family-friendly environment was included with fun activities and memorial concerts.”

The full schedule of events and performances can be found on the MWLC website at  Limited tickets for the gospel concert are available at or the MWLC box office. 

Are You Ready For SHEEN Magazine Awards 2022

It’s that time, so save September 8 for SHEEN Magazine’s 8th annual SHEEN Magazine Awards.  With the immense success of the 2021 hybrid celebration, we are re-running that play for this year, and like in previous years, we will honoree “A-List” celebrities that are culture creators.  However, more honors will be given to top influencers in hair, makeup, and beauty (voted on by global fans) in two thousand twenty-two.  In addition, the internationally known television streaming network FOX SOUL (under parent company FOX Broadcasting Network) will be back to stream the award show to their 61+ million viewers, as SHEEN Media Group airs the show simultaneously during a private “VIP” screening (with a LIVE after-party).  This highly anticipated gala returns to the Sheraton Hotel,  165 Courtland Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303.  The Red Carpet will start at 6:00 pm and continue through 7:45 pm (with the show starting immediately at 8:00 pm eastern).

UGHHBLOG Presents: 2nd Annual Indigenous Hip Hop Gathering With Dakota Bear, Zero Of El Vuh, Tezozomoc, NugLife + More In Los Angeles June 25th 2022

UGHHBLOG celebrating the 2nd annual #LANATIVESPODCAST #INDIGENOUSHIPHOPGATHERING event going down June 25th 2022 @catchonela. In Commemoration “Battle of the Little Bighorn”. Support #IndigenousHipHop. Grab your tickets $13 tickets now at CATCH.ONE.

Performing Artists:
@xicano.studies.101 (TEZOZOMOC)

$13 ONLINE | 18+ event | Two Stages | ID required | Location: 4067 w Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 | Date: Saturday, June 25th,2022 | Time: 9:00pm-1:00am

TikTok Celebrates Trendsetters and Innovators During Black Music Month

TikTok is proud to be home to a vibrant community of Black musicians, and to celebrate Black artists, TikTok strives to educate the community on the seismic impact they’ve had on all of the music genres we love. The Black community has played an integral role in the creation and development of genres such as Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronic and Dance music, and more. During #BlackMusicMonth, TikTok will explore the origins, triumphs, and complexities of genres popular in the app today, and shine a light on the artists and creators who entertain and inspire the TikTok community, and continue to shift the culture with innovations of their own.

Pride x Black Music Month
Black Music Month and Pride Month coincide in June, and to celebrate the creativity of Black LGBTQ+ artists on TikTok, we’re spotlighting 6 Black LGBTQ+ creators who continue to inspire us with their music and truly embody the spirit of Pride Together:

@catburnss – London singer-songwriter Cat Burns is best known for her candid and healing pop songs that address anxiety, queer acceptance, and relationships, including her anthem “go” (300k+ video creations).

@dreyamac – The British emcee is best known on TikTok for her banger “Own Brand (Baddie)” (5.9 million creations), which she not only wrote and performed, but also choreographed the viral dance that rippled through the platform.

@iemtedy – Tedy has remained steadfast in living his most authentic life even in the most difficult times. After creating a name for himself on social media with more than 1 million followers, he started making music. From that, he signed with Sony Music Canada and the rest of the story continues being written.

@lakeyah – Signed to Quality Control and bearing the standard for Milwaukee’s rap scene, Lakeyah wins fans on TikTok with her fiery singles like “Female Goat” ft. City Girls and her love of a good meme.

@mehkiclay – Originally known for his creative choreography–he made the viral dance to “All About Cake” by KyleYouMadeThat–Mekhi Clay has started his own promising music career, making songs inspired by artists like Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean.

@vincint_ – Vincint drew a major following with his viral performance of “Creep” on The Four, and kept his fans entertained with song covers and comedic videos.

$uicideboy$ Announce New Album and Arena Tour This Summer

 New Orleans duo $uicideboy$ have announced the upcoming release of their new album Sing Me A Lullaby My Sweet Temptation releasing via G*59 RECORDS on July 29. To celebrate the album release, the rap cousins (Ruby da Cherry and $crim) will embark on a 40-city nationwide Grey Day Tourthat kicks off in Chicago, IL at Huntington Bank Pavilion on August 2 with stops in Los Angeles at The Kia Forum, Seattle at The Climate Pledge Arena and wrapping in Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A full list of tour dates are below. Opening acts on the headlining tour include Ski Mask The Slump God, $not, JPEGMAFIA, Code Orange, Knocked Loose and Maxo Kream. The group will also perform at Bonnaroo and Rolling Loud in Toronto this Summer. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th at 10am local time HERE.

Additionally, the group will introduce a new single “Escape from BABYLON” from their highly-anticipated new album this Friday, June 10. Pre-Save the song HERE. The melodic track details the struggles of dating and how it pertains to their wild lifestyle. Ruby raps about the need for space and not wasting time in a relationship, while $crim unveils his flaws to his girl that leads her to loving him even more. Despite having infinite options it seems when it comes to choosing partners, the guys struggle like anyone else to navigate love and life.


8/2 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion *

8/5 – Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre *

8/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Somerset Amphitheater *

8/7 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater *

8/8 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena +

8/10 – Albuquerque, MN – Isleta Amphitheater +

8/12 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre +

8/13 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium +

8/14 – Sacramento, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre +

8/15 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center +

8/17 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena +

8/18 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

8/19 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum

8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

8/23 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheater

8/24 – Kansas City, MO – Azura Amphitheater

8/26 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

8/27 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

8/28 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

8/31 – Tampa, FL – Yuengling Center

9/1 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater

9/3 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena

9/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion ^

9/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoor #

9/9 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center #

9/10 – Akron, OH – Blossom Music Center ^

9/11 – Toronto, ON – Rolling Loud Festival

9/13 – Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Mirage #

9/16 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center ^

9/17 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater ^

9/18 – Cincinnati, OH – PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation ^

9/20 – Norfolk, VA – Chartway Arena #

9/21 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion #

9/23 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium #

9/24 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre #

9/26 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum #

9/27 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum #

9/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum #

9/30 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas & Mack Center #

10/1 – Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Raceway #

10/31 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

All Dates Include Ski Mask The Slump God, $not, Maxo Kream and DJ Scheme except 8/6 in Minneapolis is without Maxo Kream

Atlanta’s Very Own Salma Slims Releases Sizzling New ”Oh He Wanna” Visual

Atlanta female rapper, songwriter and fashion influencer Salma Slims has consistently left her mark on the mainstream music market. Returning to the forefront of music with her latest music video titled “Oh He Wanna”, Slims has her foot on the gas with no intentions of slowing down. After finding success last year with her hit single “Easy” featuring Chanel West Coast and herself, Slims continues her reign in the music business.

Grossing over 1 million streams on the single collectively, this release could not have come at a better time. Letting it be known she is a force to be reckoned with, Slims serves up an impressive visual for her followers and budding fanbase that is destined to turn the summer up.

In the “On He Wanna” music video, Salma Slims reminds viewers that she has always been that “it girl”. Showcasing a sexy, seductive physique, with matching lyrically appealing bars, she comes out the gate blazing punchline after punchline. Seen rolling around in an old school Cadillac with a baddie bestie, you will see the Atlanta bred artist transition into a Lamborghini, before hitting the golfing range.

As she is a true fashion influencer, her love for high end fashion comes full circle as her and her girl friends engage in a pillow fight with GUCCI encrusted floors and Versace emblems .  Turning the function to a full-fledged party, you get a chance to see how talented Slims is as a creative and rising star. 

Her lethal bars mixed with her on-screen charisma proves that she is a star in the making. Some lyrics that stand out the most include “Take me into Prada with no limit, runway rapper s**t it aint no gimmick.” Her talent cannot be denied, which is why she is reminding listeners that her success is not a fluke.  Salma Slims is the total package mixing brilliance, beauty and brains into her latest material. 

Press play below to stream Salma SlimsOh He Wanna” official music video. 

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