Afropunk Fest

23-24 August 2014 - Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

by Sachyn Mital

27 August 2014

Afropunk Fest felt more politically charged this year. People had their hands in the air as a tribute to Michael Brown nearly as often as they did for the performers.
 

Afropunk Fest

24 Aug 2014: Commodore Barry Park — New York

The atmosphere at the 2014 Afropunk Festival was permeated by the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri (namely the death of Michael Brown) and last month’s chokehold-related death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. People had their hands in the air as a tribute to Michael Brown nearly as often as they did for the performers. In correlation, the (what seemed to me to be) higher police presence at the fest didn’t impede any of the fun, nor did the weather for the most part. Saturday was a bit overcast and there was a light rain for a bit which may have been enough to keep some of the crowds away—Sunday was extraordinarily tight when the sun was out in full force. Photos from much of Saturday (I didn’t stay for Sharon Jones partly because I caught her earlier this year and part of Sunday (D’Angelo with the Roots headlined but photographers weren’t allowed in the pit and he started an hour late) are below. Other notable moments were seeing Mayor de Blasio on site for Bad Brains set and Cold Specks unfortunately not performing due to visa issues.

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Day 1
Clipping.:

Tecla:

Sunny Gang:

Valerie June:

Shabazz Palaces:

Alice Smith:

Pre-Trash Talk set:

Trash Talk:

Bad Brains (with Mayor de Blasio watching from the side):

Day 2

Unlocking the Truth:

SZA:

[At the Gold Stage]:

The Internet:

Cro-mags:


Official videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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