Afropunk Music Festival – Aug. 26-27, 2017

James Spooner’s 2003 documentary, Afro-Punk, introduced to a wider audience a subculture of black youth who were gravitating to the largely-white punk scene. The community grew vastly and quickly, such that it became possible in 2005 to stage the first Afropunk Music Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Spooner and Matthew …

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AfroPunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park

MANHATTAN, NY—When the punk rock movement began all over the world about 1975, the music scene was dominated by white male musicians. Black musicians in punk became a fringe movement, led by bands like Bad Brains and Fishbone. The Black Rock Coalition formed in New York City in 1985 as …

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Afropunk Music Festival @ Commodore Barry Park

The first Afropunk Music Festival in 2005, then held at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, was the launching pad for New York’s most alternative and multi-cultural annual music festival. Thousands of avant garde New Yorkers once again turned out for this year’s festival in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. As …

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AfroPunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park

BROOKLYN, NY—There was a time when being black and playing or listening to rock music was a novelty. White teens had embraced black artists since Little Richard in the 1950s, but only occasionally did we find black youth playing hard rock until Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone …

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