Miss Afro Punk Fest last year? Well no worries, its back! This weekend, August 25-26th the other black experience will be full throttle in Commodore Barry Park.
In case your not hip, this festival caters to hipsters, rock stars, punk lovers, and all who refuse to be boxed in by silly societal constraints. Turns out, there is a whole community of Black Americans who indulge in many other cultures outside of hip-hop and have made that culture a part of their Black Experience – this is where AfroPunk comes in.
A spin off from the film “AfroPunk,” released in 2003 spotlighting Black Punks in America, AfroPunk, the music festival, debuted in 2005 and never looked back! A festival with the intention of creating a space for a largely marginalized youth culture, AfroPunk was described by the New York Times as the “most multicultural festival in the US.” Its non-conformist, open-minded, individualistic, go beyond the expectations attitude fits in perfectly here at livedndy and we can't wait until this weekend to cover it!
Now, before you get all excited and begin picking out your afros for this event, let’s look back at what happened last year. Taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, the audience experienced not only live music but live extreme sports! It was a fusion of politics, culture, and art. Some of the artists that performed were Chuck D, the Skins, Mykki Blanco, Theophilus London, Danny Brown, the beautiful Jada Pinkett Smith and her band Wicked Wisdom, and many others.
These artists alone represent the diversity of culture that is displayed at AfroPunk. But the event is so much more than just music. Its the perfect opportunity to step outside the box and meet new exciting people. A party both on and off stage you will have the opportunity to dance like no ones watching (because they aren't ), cruise venders and pick up one of a kind clothing, accessories and art; and don't forget the food! There's tons! Many BK restaurants set up shop right there in the park and are happy to serve you. And yes, there will be plenty of nutcrackers to go around (drink responsibly) : )
Wear that outfit that screams self expression, grab your Malcolm X tote bag to hold all your trinkets, and experience this wave in person because you may never see this culture on television.
This event goes beyond race. It transcends the traditional culture of music, love, and self-expression knocking down old social and socialite barriers. It's a culture for the people, by the people. Let’s see what this year’s has in store for us! We’ll see you there.
By: Raven Irabor