- Posted August 27, 2014 by
brooklyn, New York
Afropunk is an annual music festival that takes place in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Billed as the other Black experience, the one we don't see in our media, this year marked the festival's 10th anniversary.
I had planned on attending this past weekend as a fan but in light of Talib Kweli's heated debate with Don Lemon on CNN in Ferguson I decided to document instead.
Described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.
Afropunk is activism, rap, soul, rebellion and androgyny.
It's an inspiring view of Black America.
"It's a broader vision of what young black people look like; what they think about.. They're activists. They're artists. They're fashionistas," Michaela Angela Davis, a friend and family member of Afropunk told me in a interview.
Doc Martens was a sponsor and asked attendees to share what they stood for in a photo booth. I asked several on camera. Here are there answers and some highlights for performances.
Performers: Valerie June, Cakes Da Killa, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lianne La Havas, The Internet, Lolawolf