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LA MADE: James Spooner and Kathleen Hanna in Conversation w/ Sextile Performance

—Los Angeles Public Library

2022 Top 10 Books for Adults 

—New York Public Library

Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2022

—Washington Post

Top 10 Comics of 2022

—Publisher's Weekly 

Graphic Memoirs

—Publisher's Weekly Podcast Reviews

The Graphic Memoir of an Apple Valley ‘Afro-Punk’


Becoming AfroPunk

—The Takeaway, NPR

An Illustrated Life

—Departures Magazine

Afropunk Pioneer Explores ‘The High Desert’ of His Origins


New Graphic Memoir Shows How Punk Helped a Young Black Man Find Identity

—All Things Considered, NPR

Newly Published, From the California Desert to Capitol Hill

— New York Times

Afropunk Goes Graphic Memoir: 'PW' Talks with James Spooner

— Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

— Publishers Weekly

Starred review


Publishers Weekly Exclusive

— Publishers Weekly


The Beauty and Freedom of Black Punks

— Harpers Bazaar

We Still Need To Be Seen 

— The Guardian

"Fuck That Thing." That’s all punk needs.

— Diaphanes

​The Afro-Punk Pioneers Who Defy Stereotypes

The Voice UK

The Very Black History of Punk Music

— Al Jazeera

The Process: James Spooner on AfroPunk 

— Believer Magazine

James Spooner Shows a Different Shade of Punk 

— Phoenix New Times

AfroPunk at The Hammer Museum (Q&A) 

–UCLA (video)

A Talk With James Spooner 

— High How Are You

The Musical Influences of Basquiat with James Spooner

— The Broad Museum

The Lasting influence of Jean Michel Basquiat with James Spooner and Ed Patuto 

— Auture Magazine

James Spooner on Minor Threat 

— Heat Rocks Podcast (audio)

AFROPUNK (Festival and Criticism)

AfroPunk Returns to Brooklyn

— CBS Sunday Morning

AfroPunk Is Back With New Message 

— Brooklyn Eagle

Riot Woman With James Spooner 

— Riot Woman Podcast (audio)

AfroPunk Staff Report Abuse 

— Vibe Magazine

AfroPunk Community Speaks Out 

— The Rad Voice

Couple Thrown Out of Afropunk

The Root

The Misguided Evolution of AfroPunk 

— Bitch Media

Gentrifying AfroPunk 

— New Yorker

Looking for The Punk 

— Nylon

The True Story of How AfroPunk Turned a Message Board into a Movement 

— Fader

Is AfroPunk No Longer Punk 

— Vice

A Weekend at AfroPunk 

— PitchFork Magazine

Truly Indie Fans 

— New York Times

James Spooner’s Doc 

— XLR8R Magazine

AfroPunk Started With a Documentary 

— Village Voice

AfroPunk Stretches Racial Labels 


The Evolution of AfroPunk 

— Forbes Magazine

AfroPunk’s Growing Pains 

— Mail & Guardian

James Spooner Goes in Depth 


AfroPunk Before AfroPunk 

— Ebony Magazine

The Evolution of AfroPunk 

— Mic

AfroPunk: More Than a Festival; It’s Black Culture 

— Huffington Post

AFROPUNK (Early Years)

AfroPunk – A Black Punk Documentary 


Afro on The Outside, Punk on the Inside 

— NY Sun

The Rock N Roll Nigger Experience 

— Brooklyn Rail

Fear of A Punk Planet 

— Vibe Magazine

AfroPunk Scene 


How AfroPunk Became a Movement 

— Racked NYC

Director Interview 

— Indiana University Interview (video)

James Spooner Interview 

— AfroPunk Media (video)

AfroPunk – MTV Promo 

— MTV (video)

James Spooner on Grit 

— Grit TV (video)

Director Interview 

— AfroPunk Media (video)

Director Interview 

— DefKon (video)

Much Music Interview 

— Much Music (video)

Rock N Roll Nigger Experience 

— Documentary is Never Neutral


Vegan Dark Skin Tattoos 

— LA Sentinel

Tattooing the African Diaspora with James Spooner

— Los Angeles Public Library (video)

Dark Skin Tattooing

— ATTN: interview. (video)

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Vegan Tattoo

— Driftwood Magazine

Samsung Commercial (video) 


A Freedom Ride: Black Kids on Bikes 

— Street Films (video)

James Spooner's Ipod Commercial 

— Apple (video)

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