So you missed AfroPunk yesterday, now you’re wondering should you even go today. Well of course you should! While you may have missed out on a little yesterday, okay you actually missed out on a lot, it’s okay. We at LiVEDNDY got you with the recap. As you’re reading this, start getting ready for today’s events, because you don’t want to be that person who missed out on all the fun this weekend because you were browsing the internet. Here’s a super quick recap of yesterday’s festivities:
Everything from chic and simple to edgy and extravagant was represented yesterday, and of course the ‘fros were in full effect. AfroPunk is that time of the year where you show you. It is like your Sunday best, except you’re at a park in Brooklyn celebrating art and culture, but you get the idea.
AfroPunk presents to its audience, the Spin Thrift Market. This market consists of all the vendors you will find at the festival this year. If you feel the need to spice up your outfit while you’re there, checkout stands like Wada-Africa, WyNott, and Personal Advisory for clothing and Luangisa, ArmourNYC, and Nubian Heritage for crafts and accessories. The Spin Thrift Market allows vendors to be exposed to a broader audience and allows customers to see the designers and craftsmen of their city; it is a win win for everybody!
As a festival promoting the celebration of the black other, it makes sense as to why so many bands expressed their sentiments to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This made the festival a little bit more political than normal, but AfroPunk has always been about being aware of the society around us. The performers celebrated the non-conformist spirit of AfroPunk with their music. Some of the artists that performed were Telca, Baby Baby,Lianna La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Valie June, Loaf Music, and many others.
The best thing about this year was the elimination of extremely long lines to get into the park. This was probably due to the levels of VIP and Fast-Passes that allowed people to get in quickly, which is great because nothing can ruin one’s day more than standing in the sun on a long slow moving line. Kudos to AfroPunk for killing the game with ten years of serving the community with multicultural greatness.
Now go out today and enjoy SZA, D’Angelo, The Internet, and many acts at AfroPunk 2014.
By: Raven Irabor
Starting with an emphasis on artistic progression, the festival opened with performances by young people. These young performers, varying from middle school to high-school, reminded audience members the beauty of what happens when you give a child a chance to express themselves creatively. With the help of programs like Urban Art Beat, the New York City youth is able to have the chance to learn, understand, and appreciate the core of hip-hop and intertwine it with their own lives. Transitioning from youthful dreams to young artists, “Show and Prove” winners, Kydd Jones and Audible Doctor, opened up the show for the major players.
If you missed the festival, one thing that I know you did not miss was the blogs going crazy about Jay Electronica’s surprise guest, none other than Brooklyn native, Jay-Z. Wes Jackson, president of Brooklyn Bodega, said “A year ago I put into the air that I wanted to bring the three Js to BKHipHopFest. A year later we did it. Never stop believing in your crew.” Who are three J’s you are wondering? We have Jay Electronica, Jay-Z, and the beautiful J.Cole. RocNation was definitely in the building on July 12th. Alongside the three J’s were Talib Kweli and Mac Miller. CJ Fly’s, from Pro Era, set followed next and then G.O.O.D Music’s Cyhi da Prince. The audience was well aware that this was a day to celebrate true lyricism in hip-hop culture. To end the night off right, none other than the Chef himself performed. He brought out the viral sensation, Bobby Shmurda (aka the guy who does the schmoney dance) to let the hip hop world know that New York City rap is back. His set also included guest performers such as AZ, Masta Killa, Papoose and Troy Ave (who performed his latest summer hit “My Style” that is featured on our Spirit of Summer Playlist).
Hip Hop is more than just the music. It is a culture that brings many people together. Whether it is through fashion, graffiti, turntablism, breakdancing, or emceeing, hip hop continues to strive and remain fresh.
By: Raven Irabor