, scored two all access back stage passes for the two-day event after entering the contest. Here is what Lisa had to say after winning the tickets:
"The Afro-Punk Festival is more than an extreme sports competition or concert....it is an experience. Therefore, "carpe diem" became my new alias of the day when I noticed the newsone.com contest to acquire a set of weekend passes.
The contest required each participant to write write about your most interesting Extreme Sport story, love of Afro-Punk, or who you’re most looking forward to seeing at the festival and why? I opted to answer the question why I love Afro-Punk. I have always loved Afro-Punk as a movement as a modern day flower child of The Hendrix Experience; however I was 1st exposed to the festival itself during the 2nd annual Afro Punk weekend to register voters for the upcoming primaries during that time for Brooklyn for Barack. I registered dozens of skaters before the BMX contest then rocked out afterward with the crowd. 3 years later, I wanted to experience that vibe again.
(Lisa Marie, winner, with some of her friends at the Afro-punk 2010 Festival)
I wrote my brief comment on newsone.com on the 24th and was notified of my win late on the 25th. The Festival those very next 2 days was incredible. The afropunk.com team welcomed me with open arms the next day on the 26th. The weekend I once recalled that was held in the parking lot of BAM [The Brooklyn Academy of Music] had expanded to a Festival that spanned the full length of Commodore Park. There was an indescribable positive vibe present based on all of the skaters, bikers, muralists, musicians, and various indie fashion aficionados that were brought together as one collective for the event.
My friends and I had a great time at the concert. I got caught up in a mosh pit or 2, however nothing could beat the accidental crowd surfing stint I experienced during the Bad Brains set on Saturday at the festival. I even had the opportunity to briefly speak to The 54 band before leaving the festival grounds after I recovered from my landing. Afro-Punk is a wonderful movement that continues to embrace and promote a form of individuality that is often not associated with Kings and Queens of Color.
Peace, Respect, and Wonder,
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