“Yo, Rap!! Punk wants its style back!” – seen at Afropunk Fest 2013
Brooklyn continues to prove why the “B” in its name stands for “bad-ass” when it hosted not one, but three musical events this past weekend. What makes this even more astounding is that each of these events featured a different genre of music and were all located at venues which were within walking distance from one and other.
It all got started with Afropunk Fest 2013, the free two-day event that took place at Commodore Barry Park near the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Considered the “other Black experience”, Afropunk Fest 2013 brought out the bold and the beautiful who like their culture served up with a razor-sharp edge. 30,000 attendants experienced and enjoyed a range of music that included punk, hip-hop, rap, reggae and indie pop. Musical performances included Jada Pinkett-Smith and her band, Wicked Wisdom; Theophilus London; Saul Williams, the band Death from Detroit, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rye-Rye, Questlove and so many more who brought it hardcore in yo’ face.
This festival would not be complete without those other two “F”s: food and fashion. And, there was plenty of both of those to be had here. Local Ft. Greene restaurants like Madiba and some of the best food trucks of New York City offered up international cuisine. Individual style was at a high as imaginative interpretations of color, hair and even makeup created a scenic kaleidoscope of audaciousness. Selected as “Streetstyle T-shirt of the Week”, the lead picture above defines Afropunk Fest 2013‘s musical and cultural diversity. Check out the gallery below to view the sublime level of streetstyle.
Sunday afternoon found Fort Greene Park hosting “Soul Summit” Summer Music Festival. This is an R&B/Soul/House Music five-hour dance fest (and picnic if you are “in” with the right crowd) that conjures up memories of the original mother-club-of-dance-music in New York City, The Paradise Garage. If you were lucky enough to ever “partay” there (and I do mean “par-tay”), then you understand why every club since is just a mere imitation wannabe with training wheels. Even Bill Cunningham, the celebrated New York Times photographer was spotted at an earlier Soul Summit this summer snapping photographs of diehard dance-heads doing their thing to orgasmic pumping melodic beats.
Later that evening, MTV held its annual VMA Awards for the first time in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna all brought their usual pomp and circumstance to this side of the river via the Brooklyn Bridge. What a way to end the Summer of 2013 in Brooklyn! Here’s hoping the Fall and Winter season have the balls to follow suit.
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