Afropunk Fest Brooklyn 2016

Afropunk Fest Brooklyn 2016

August 27, 2016 - August 28, 2016
August 27, 2016 - August 28, 2016


Afropunk Festival is a music festival held annually in Brooklyn, New York City since 2005. It was held in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park in 2015, and expanded to Paris and Atlanta that year. Taking its name from James Spooner's 2003 documentary film, Afro-Punk, the festival originally sought to provide black people an opportunity to build community amongst the predominantly white punk subcultures.[1] The festival shifted to include soul music to attract a wider audience, bringing in headliners like Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr..[1] Musical performers now represent a variety of genres, primarily known to reflect African-American culture.

It should be noted that though the festival came from James Spooner's vision, he has said in numerous occasions that it has strayed far from his original vision, such as promoting mainstream acts that do not fall in line with the D.I.Y. punk ethos and / or have sexist and homophobic messages. Spooner himself does not employ or curate any part of the festival nor does he receive any of its profits.

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Ice Cube
bornJune 15, 1969
Los Angeles, California, U.S
CeeLo Green
American musician, record producer, and actor
bornMay 30, 1975
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Janelle Monáe
American musician
bornDecember 1, 1985
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Tyler, The Creator
American entertainer
bornMarch 6, 1991
Los Angeles, California

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O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal rap group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). After leaving N.W.A in December 1989,[1] he built a successful solo career in music and films. Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon films in which he portrayed the main character.

Ice Cube is noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper; his lyrics are often political or socio-political, as well as violent, confrontational, and aggressive, and he is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap. He was ranked #8 on MTV's list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, while fellow rapper Snoop Dogg ranked Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time. AllMusic has called him one of hip-hop's best and most controversial artists,[2] as well as "one of rap's greatest storytellers".[3] In 2012, The Source ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.[4] In 2014, ranked him No. 11 on their list of the "50 Greatest MCs of All Time".[5]


Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[1][2] better known by his stage name CeeLo Green (sometimes rendered as Cee Lo Green or Cee-Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman.

Green came to initial prominence as a member of the Southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube popularity.[3]

Internationally, Green is best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit "Crazy", which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, "Crazy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album St. Elsewhere (2006), was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. Gnarls Barkley's second album, The Odd Couple (2008), charted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Green took a hiatus from working with Danger Mouse, and released a solo single titled "Fuck You!", on August 19. The song became a successful single, with the radio-edit version "Forget You", reaching the top spot in the UK and the Netherlands and peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album, The Lady Killer (2010), saw similar success, peaking within the top five of the UK Albums Chart and debuting within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, receiving a Gold certification from the BPI in the UK. His next two singles, "It's OK" and "Bright Lights Bigger City" were also hits in Europe. From 2011 to 2014, Green was a judge and coach on American reality television singing competition The Voice, appearing on four of its seasons.[a] In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio album Age Against the Machine. In 2011 he did a concert with Prince in Madison Square Garden.

He worked as a voice actor in the animated feature Hotel Transylvania (2012), and also appeared in a few television programs and films—including his own show, The Good Life, on TBS. Green has endorsed 7 Up, Duracell, M&M’s, and sake brand TY KU. His work has earned numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award, and a Brit Award.


Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985),[9] known professionally as Janelle Monáe (/əˈnɛl mˈn/),[10] is an American musical recording artist, actress, & model signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. After making a mark with her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.[11]

In 2010, Monáe released her first full-length studio album, The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released by Bad Boy Records. The album received critical acclaim and garnered a Best Contemporary R&B Album nomination at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The song "Tightrope" was also nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the same ceremony. With this industry recognition, the album has also been more successful commercially, officially reaching the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200.[12][13]

Monáe's music has garnered her six Grammy Award nominations. In March 2012, "We Are Young" by Fun., on which Monáe appears as a guest vocalist, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her first appearance in the US Top 10. In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokeswoman. On September 10, 2013, she released her second studio album, The Electric Lady, to critical acclaim. Boston City Council named October 16, 2013 "Janelle Monáe Day" in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of her artistry and social leadership.

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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, and playground fields/facilities.


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Body Marbling Is the Most Hypnotic Beauty Trend
In Style  –  September 9, 2016
Via @insiderart: Body marbling can turn your skin into a work of art! People lined up to get these cool patterns at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn. Beautiful results! #insiderart Teen Vogue brought the DIY fad to our attention and we instantly fell in love.
AFROPUNK Is Gearing Up For London, But First—The Artists Who Wowed Us In Brooklyn
The Urban Daily  –  September 8, 2016
AFROPUNK’s annual festival has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s left our minds. As the acclaimed music festival gears up for its London stop on September 24, we’re looking back on the artists who held our attention during this year ...
My First Afropunk Festival  –  September 6, 2016
At most punk shows, or any alternative music show, there are only a few other black people amidst a sea of white faces. But during one extraordinary weekend each year at Commodore Berry Park in Brooklyn, the Afropunk Festival brings all of these few black ...
AFROPUNK 2016  –  September 6, 2016
Nuria Rius transports us to New York to meet the attendees of this year’s Afropunk festival. One of the most highly anticipated events on New York’s musical calendar, this year’s edition of AFROPUNK was no different. Having expanded to London and Pa ...
Afropunk Festival uses Facebook Live for event coverage
The Business Insider  –  August 31, 2016
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserted that Facebook was a technology company and not a media company ...
The Magic Formulas Behind the Set Lists at Afropunk Fest
New York Times  –  August 31, 2016
Before there was Afropunk Fest, there was “Afro-Punk” — the 2003 documentary from James Spooner that helped open up a conversation about where race, identity and punk music intersect. The festival — a weekend gathering at Commodore Barry Park in ...
Afropunk: A Festival of Music, Culture, and Unity
Baeble Music  –  August 29, 2016
This year's Afropunk returned to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park with performances by Ice Cube, Laura Mvula, Thundercat, The Internet, Tyler the Creator and more. It's the twelfth year for the festival with attendees averaging about 70,000 people and if ...
AfroPunk Fest 2016 Was A Celebration of Black Magic  –  August 29, 2016
Gorgeous people, good times, high vibes and amazing music were abundant this weekend in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for AfroPunk Fest 2016. The only music festival for creatives, weirdos and regular everyday people brought men and women from around ...
22 Afropunk Festival-Goers Exemplify The Beautiful Diversity Of Blackness
The Huffington Post  –  August 29, 2016
Hundreds of attendees gathered to celebrate art, activism and individuality at the 2016 Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York, over the weekend. Staying true to its mission, this year’s festival, which took place Aug. 27-Aug. 28 ...
'It's Punk Rock To Be Black In America': Afropunk Festival Pushes The Movement
KRCU NPR 90.FM | 88.9FM  –  August 29, 2016
When you think about punk music, you might picture some very thin, pale young guys with mohawks. But Brooklyn's Afropunk Festival is out to prove that punk is much more than that. The young Canadian rocker Sate was one of the up-and-coming acts at Afropunk ...
The Curated Cool: Afropunk Festival 2016  –  August 28, 2016
The sweltering heat made Afropunk’s annual summer return even more fun and colourful this year as I headed back to the music festival to scout some local creatives with distinctive looks. The two-day music festival this year was bigger and more popular ...
The Best Street Style Captured at Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn  –  August 28, 2016
Street style varies wildly from festival to festival, nevertheless, the thousands of devout attendees of summer music events tend to adopt dress codes that align with the spirit of a particular festival. For Coachella there’s never been a shortage of ...

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