Music: High Summer Fever At AfroPunk Festival NYC
By Ruben Natal-San Miguel
If you had not attended The AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn, you must make plans for next year! This is one of the edgiest festivals where the explosion of creativity does not fall short, in total full galore. It is also a love fest for diversity and free expression. Where the brotherhood and sisterhood welcome you and embraces the rest of the world. There is no otherness, just togetherness. As a first-time virgin and photographer, I was overwhelmed and utterly fascinated by the range, uniqueness, visuals and the most incredible sense of style the festival brings. The performances of the likes of Erykah Badú to Janelle Monae were just electric and flawless.
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 inspired by Spooner's 2003 documentary film 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.