PHOTO: On-the-Edge Acts Hold It Down at Afropunk Fest
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL: AFROPUNK IS THE NEW NORMAL
Another banner year of rock legends, hardcore punk heavyweights, indie upstarts and hybrid supernovas drew massive crowds to Afropunk Fest 2013, and what a sight to behold. The weekend-long free event (Aug. 24-25) could barely contain the energy hitting every inch of Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. If you missed out for whatever reason, shame on you.
The celebratory mash-up of music, art and underground culture was an experience definitely for the books. NYC’s dahling Mykki Blanco knocked it out the park sporting blond braids, butterflies and blue silk boxing shorts. And, no one could deny Le1f‘s moment on stage. Food, fashion and the overall vibe: banging.
Newly crowned talk show host Queen Latifah was spotted in the mix among hundreds catching a favorite act and enjoying themselves thoroughly. Jada Pinkett Smith and her band, Wicked Wisdom, floored the crowd (as did a surprise appearance by hubby, Will Smith and the rest of the family, Jaden and Willow). New Orleans’ Bounce queen Big Freedia tore it up naturally. I’m sure Detroit proto-punk band Death, Brooklyn’s Unlocking the Truth and Theophilus London earned new legions of fans.
A lot was going on 24/7, so highlights are featured in an exclusive Afropunk photo gallery by Tania Fuentez Media.
Afropunk Fest 2013: http://afropunkfest.com/
Afropunk Fest photo gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajournalist/sets/72157635411146567/