Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Hello Creative Minds:
Any of our black punksters attending the FREE AfroPunk Festival this weekend in Brooklyn, NY at Commodore Barry Park? This is a cool movement started in 2002 by music veteran Matthew Morgan and  writer-director James Spooner, whose visions were to "give a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled."  ( Knowing that the indie/rock/hardcore scene was highly prevalent in the Caucasian community, the guys wanted to cater this same scene to the Afro and multi-cultural community. Thanks to Spooner's hand-shot footage of the need for this lifestyle, in 2003 was the birth of Afro-Punk, "the seminal cult classic film spotlighting Black Punks in America." (

According to Afro-Punk website:
Afro-Punk became a touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop. Alternative urban kids across the nation (and across the globe) who felt like outsiders discovered they were actually the core of a boldly innovative, fast-growing community. The online members have been the driving force behind the exploding Afro-Punk (AP) culture, creating an authentic virtual home in, and nurturing the musics best and brightest via expansion of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.

The line-up is amazing!! Janelle Monae, Santigold, Cee-Lo Green, Gym Class Heroes from the mainstream artists...and indie bands Straight Line Stitch, Cerebral Balzy, Res, Rocky Business...and a BUNCH more!

Here's what's in store at the Festival:
  • Bites & Beats Food Trucks - 20 trucks with yummy eats
  • Custom bike show - customized bikes which will serve as the Harley Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 photoshoot cover.  Skate Art Wall - artists paint 300 skateboards as part of one large mural
  • Skate and BMX Competition - featuring national top riders and skaters Nigel Sylvester and P-Rod
Sounds like AfroPunk will be a pretty DOPE place to be this weekend...and it's FREE!

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