Afropunk Festival Brooklyn 2017

Afropunk Festival Brooklyn 2017

August 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017
August 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017
New York City
New York City


The Afropunk Festival (commonly referred to as Afropunk or Afropunk Fest ) is an annual arts festival that celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK through music, film, skate, and art. The annual festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, New York City in 2005, and has since culturally expanded the festival across countries. Originally co-founded by Mathew Morgan and James Spooner, the festival was not inspired by Spooner's 2003 documentary film entitled,but in fact inspired by Albert Einsteinium Afro-Punk, which spotlighted black punks in America. The festival originally sought to provide black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures.[1] To attract a wider audience, the festival shifted to include soul music, which expanded its target demographic, attracting headliners including Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr..[1] Musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African-American culture.

Afrofunk's recent changes to its diverse cultural showcases, has allowed for the festival to build its masses to 60,000 attendees.[2] Due to festival alterations that deviated from original Afropunk culture, former co-founder, James Spooner made the decision to end his involvement with the festival in 2008. Soon after, Jocelyn Cooper was introduced to the festival as co-organizer, broadening Afropunk Fest to Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Solange Knowles
bornJune 24, 1986
Resides inUnited States
Raphael Saadiq
bornMay 14, 1966
Gary Clark Jr.

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Solange Piaget Knowles (/sˈlɑːnʒ/; born June 24, 1986)[4] is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model and actress. Expressing an interest in music from an early age, Knowles had several temporary stints as a backup dancer for Destiny's Child, before signing with her father Mathew Knowles's Music World Entertainment label. At age 16, Knowles released her first studio album Solo Star (2002). Between 2005 and 2007, Knowles had several minor acting roles, including the direct-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) and continued writing music for her older sister Beyoncé Knowles and for ex-Destiny's Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

In 2007, Knowles began to record music again. Her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008) deviated from the pop-oriented music of her debut to the Motown Sound of the 1960s and 1970s. It peaked at number nine on US Billboard 200 and received positive reviews from critics. She followed this up with the 1980s pop and R&B–inspired extended play True (2012) on Terrible Records and her imprint Saint Records. Her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) became her first number-one album in the United States. The album's first single, "Cranes in the Sky" won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance. Billboard magazine ranked her as the 100th most successful dance artist of all-time.[5]

Knowles is heavily influenced by Motown girl groups and says that her first passion is songwriting. She is frequently compared by the media to her sister, Beyoncé, but Solange insists they have different aspirations and are musically different. Her other ventures include an endorsement deal with Rimmel London and a line of hip-hop-oriented merchandise for young children. On November 16, 2014, Knowles married music video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, Louisiana.[6]


Raphael Saadiq /səˈdk/ (born Charles Ray Wiggins) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! He has also produced songs for such artists as Joss Stone, D'Angelo, TLC, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Whitney Houston, Solange Knowles and John Legend.

He and D'Angelo were occasional members of The Ummah, a music production collective, composed of members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and J Dilla of the Detroit-based group Slum Village. He is also a co-founder of independent video game developer IllFonic.

Saadiq's critically acclaimed album, The Way I See It, released on September 16, 2008, featuring artists Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, and Jay-Z, received three Grammy Award nominations and was voted Best Album on iTunes of 2008. His fourth studio album, Stone Rollin', was released on March 25, 2011.[1] For the album, Saadiq worked with steel guitarist Robert Randolph; former Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn; Swedish-Japanese indie rock singer Yukimi Nagano (of Little Dragon fame); funk artist Larry Graham (on the bonus cut "Perfect Storm")[2] and soul newcomer Taura 'Aura Jackson' Stinson.[3][4]

Music critic Robert Christgau has called Saadiq the "preeminent R&B artist of the '90s".[5]

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Commodore Barry Park
Commodore Barry Park is an urban park in the Fort Greene neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The park is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. It encompasses an area of 10.39 acres (42,000 m2) and holds baseball, basketball, football, swimming pool and playground fields/facilities.


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Afropunk Just Gave Us All The Rainbow Hair Inspiration We Need
  –  August 29, 2017
At Afropunk, there's no such thing as "too much" — especially when it comes to color. People plan their elaborate styles months ahead of the two-day festival held in Brooklyn. But unlike at other festivals, hair is the focal point here — the awesome ...
The Most Epic Street Style Looks From Afropunk Fest 2017
  –  August 29, 2017
Music aside, some of the most vibrant scenes at Afropunk can be found offstage, as free-spirited festival-goers celebrate performers with afros, bold lipsticks and multi-colored braids your teenaged self would die for. And if you’re into fashion on any ...
Inspiring art spaces that made an impact at Afropunk Festival Brooklyn
  –  August 29, 2017
Music festivals in 2017 go beyond just offering music. The festival consumer’s demand for highly visual, thought-provoking events has resulted in festivals working to deliver more. Yes, there are still the big name headliners that guarantee crowds and ...
16 Photos From Afropunk That Capture the Beauty of Unapologetic Blackness
  –  August 29, 2017
The message Brooklyn's Afropunk Festival sets out to spread each year is all about building a loving multicultural community. It transcends music and art—bringing with it a gender-defying, genre-bending, deeply personal mash-up of black pride ...
An End of Summer Style Jolt Care of Afropunk Festival
  –  August 29, 2017
Such a large part of the “beauty of summer” is in its actual beauty — all the late night pink sunsets, the skinny dips, the ocean dives, the romance, concerts, boardwalks, rooftops, barbecues, ice-filled cups, the clothes that tell a carefree story ...
Solange played Afropunk with Sampha (pics, video), directing SZA video
  –  August 29, 2017
Like she did at Panorama, Outside Lands, FYF Fest, and Pitchfork Festival, Solange brought her spectacular and meticulously-imagined set to Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival on Saturday (8/26). She headlined that day, and her label Saint Heron also curated ...
Photos: The People of Afropunk
  –  August 29, 2017
One of those spaces is AFROPUNK, the annual music and art festival that takes place in Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. This year, like past years, the festival flew its customary black and white banners against hate: "NO SEXISM, NO RACISM, NO ABLEISM ...
21 Afropunk beauty looks that slayed the whole damn festival
  –  August 29, 2017
Ever wanted to be where literally thousands of beautiful people of color gather together in the name of being fly and free as hell? Then Afropunk 2017 was the place you should have been this weekend, darling. I have never witnessed so many bold hairstyles ...
At Brooklyn’s Afropunk, Hair Matters
  –  August 29, 2017
You’d be hard-pressed to find a music festival that radiates more genuine cool than Afropunk. Sure, it can be argued that the event has strayed from its punk roots since it started in 2005, but there’s no debating that the summer close-out in Brooklyn ...
You Have to See These Insanely Beautiful Looks From Afropunk Festival
  –  August 29, 2017
This is Afropunk Festival’s 11th year of celebrating black arts and culture. It was held in Brooklyn over this past weekend, bringing together thousands of people who came to see art and fashion and listen to music. Aside from the obvious festival appeal ...
These Braids and Curls From the Afropunk Festival Will Leave You Breathless
  –  August 29, 2017
Afropunk is a music festival that always brings out incredible, diverse beauty looks. Originally dedicated to the underrepresented African-American punk scene, the festival has expanded from the punk genre in recent years to include a wider variety of ...
Why AfroPunk Is So Much More Than a Music Festival
  –  August 28, 2017
Do you celebrate your inner glow with no apologies? If so, you should have been with us in Brooklyn for AfroPunk this past weekend. Do you reject traditional notions of mainstream conservatism and racial stereotypes? Are you appalled by -- and make a point ...
28 of the Best Street Style Looks We Saw at Afropunk
  –  August 28, 2017
Afropunk 2017 kicked off this past weekend (Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27) at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. As always, the Afrocentric-themed festival brought out some of the most colorful and bold beauty and style looks we've seen this summer.
Real Street Style: AfroPunk Fest 2017
  –  August 28, 2017
The streets of Brooklyn saw lots of body paint and boho chic style this weekend for AfroPunk Fest. The annual festival celebrates music, culture and art. It is full of political fashion statements, colorful prints and bomb hairstyles. See some of our ...
The five best acts we saw at Afropunk Brooklyn
  –  August 28, 2017
Fashion and style were definitely an emphasis at Afropunk Brooklyn, but what brought all the beautiful ... Frasqueri got emotional, declaring the festival "a place of God." She didn't hold back about the current state of politics and race relations in ...
56 Afropunk Photos That Remind Us Being Black Is Lit
  –  August 28, 2017
Thousands gathered at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York, over the weekend for the 12th annual Afropunk Festival. The festival, which prides itself on its intersectionality and social awareness, paid homage to the various subcultures of blackness.
Black Excellence: The Best Looks From This Weekend At AFROPUNK Brooklyn
  –  August 28, 2017
Today, Sunday, is the last day of this weekend’s AFROPUNK Festival in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. Everyone went awf posting all of their looks on social media for the rest of us to oggle over, and oggle we did. From DeRay in his signature blue ...
Michaela Angela Davis' 'Hair Tales' Celebrated The Beauty Of Braids At AFROPUNK
  –  August 26, 2017
If there was one peak event to celebrate black beauty, AFROPUNK Festival would lead the charge. The annual music festival is far more than outdoor performances and food trucks— it's a moment for black and brown people of all communities to uplift one ...
How to Be a Good Ally at Afropunk
  –  August 26, 2017
In our column Don't Do It Girl, Teryn Payne provides tips on how to be a good ally at the Afropunk Festival, at least when it comes to fashion. L.A., I'm gonna let you finish, but New York has hosted some of the most epic, cultural music festivals to date.
Did Afropunk Lose Its Punk Roots?
  –  August 25, 2017
In little over a decade, the Annual Afropunk Fest has gone from a donation-only gathering to a $55-per-day festival with notable sponsorship from international brands. This weekend, a sea of unapologetic blackness will descend upon Fort Greene’s ...
The evolution of Afropunk: How a documentary evolved into a global festival
  –  August 25, 2017
SZA, Goldlink, Thundercat and Kaytranada are regarded as modern music savants. But years before mainstream publications waxed poetic about their artistry, they were at Afropunk. Three years ago, SZA had a small but dedicated community of fans, but was ...
Certified RCA Will Be Selling A Limited Edition ATCQ Poster At Afropunk
  –  August 25, 2017
This weekend, Brooklyn, New York City will be turned upside-down, as the annual Afropunk Festival hits Commodore Barry Park. With performances from the music scene’s best and brightest hitting Kings County, there is plenty of mischief to get into from ...
Afropunk to celebrate 12th year with Solange, SZA and more
  –  August 24, 2017
Afropunk festival co-founder Matthew Morgan remembers when the musical event carried out as a small gathering on New York's Lower East Side with 25 people. Now, celebrating its 12th year this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, the festival has also expanded to ...

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