AFROPUNK

... the other Black experience

By: Alexandria Gamlin

How do you identify? Black, White, Latino, mixed, Queer, Native, AFROPUNK? With so many multicultural identities and experiences in New York and around the world, identity is becoming more personal and more of a head-scratcher for others to define. We read all your excellent comments about our "other black experience" tagline controversy that was brought up by Rolling Stone last week on their recap of AFROPUNK FEST 2012, and it got us thinking. Besides the mainstream, they're not the only ones trying to "figure it out".

Check this cool piece from Brooklyns own L Magazine, who spoke highly about the diversity and community of that was felt during the incredible weekend. Brooklyn writers talking about Brooklyn kids. We think they came close to nailing it, but if identity is fluid and personal, do you think The L is talking to you when they say: 

"If The AfroPunk Festival isn't the city's best one-site free festival (and I'd argue that it almost certainly is) it definitely has the most defined identity."

 

Is our identity defined at all? should it be? How do you feel about other people getting a handle on YOUR AFROPUNK identity? Check the piece, and hit us in the comments and on twitter @afropunk.

 

THANK YOU to L Magazine for coming and having  a raging good time with we, afropunks!

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Tags: L, afropunk, fest, idenity, magazine

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Comment by BK_Malik on September 9, 2012 at 10:23pm

@Jazzy C. Very good point...

Comment by Jazzy C. on September 9, 2012 at 9:05pm

All these titles and politically correct idenities make me coo coo for cocoa puffs! I identify as human.....hear me roar!

Comment by BK_Malik on September 7, 2012 at 8:14pm

Muslim/African-American/Brooklynite/Afro-Punk...All of the above!!!

Comment by Jordana on September 7, 2012 at 4:50pm

I believe it is simple. If you think you -might- be Afro-Punk, you probably already are. As someone who could tick multiple identity boxes I feel the over-arching identity of Afro-Punk actually liberates one from any and all specific personal identities. 

We may come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identies, national origins, etc but we are ALL Afro-Punks.

Comment by koren on September 7, 2012 at 2:07pm

darn!  had a post then lost it!

anyway, I don't think the Afro Punk community is super defined.  And that is exactly what I love about it!

I myself am white, on the early end of middle age and Jewish.  I found about about AfroPunk through TONY, though sadly I was never able to attend a festival (I live on the west coast now).  From what I can see via these updates, AfroPunk is a very creative community, open to and embracing all kinds of influences and identities.  To me, it is the highest expression that I can see of creativity and vitality in our cultural life today, and it inspires me.

I am a HUGE fan of Stew (so special), Reggie Watts (brilliant!!) and Janelle Monae (amazing, and very much her own person), all of whom I found out about in very different and flukey ways.  but they are seriously counted among my favorite artists -- of any kind.  (Right up there with Bjork)


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