Erykah Badu, Miguel, Janelle Monáe are among the headlining acts for the 2018 Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn. The fest is set to take place August 25th and 26th at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Other notable acts include Tyler, the Creator, the Internet, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Denzel Curry, Twin Shadow, Ibeyi, Jamila Woods, Lolawolf and H.E.R.
As has become custom of the now-global movement, Afropunk has created a theme for this year’s festivals: The People Resist, a message that brings together the festival’s ideology and the people who support it, in resistance to those that strive to opress. (The entirety of The Peoples Resist statement can be read at the bottom).
Tickets for Afropunk Brooklyn are on sale via the festival’s website. This year, Afropunk is also launching a new BOGO initiative – Buy One, Give One – that will provide one additional ticket to a New York City-area youth for every general admission ticket purchased.
“THE PEOPLE RESIST
This resistance is not new!
We, the people who have lived under the thumb of white supremacy, gender
inequality, homophobia, environmental rape and economic apartheid have always
known that when the world is an outrage, the sensible thing to do is defy it.
Resistance is survival, not just a hashtag. But if it’s going to be a social media call to
political arms, let’s make that fucker count!
This resistance is not only about the toxicity of sick men in power.
We, the people recognize the laws they codify are pornographic fever-dreams of
late-stage capitalism and white patriarchy, its bottom-lines built on the broken
backs of individual human rights, and on development for the few but cheap plastic
lives for those segregated from society.
Our moral teachers taught us the ethics on which to build this fight, and our punk
roots gave us the strategy.
This resistance is not nihilism.
When the People Resist, our collective “No” is actually “Yes” – to all, for all. We
stake everybody’s claim, rejecting old colonial privileges.
When the People Resist, it is inclusive, not exclusive -our arms open to the
oppressed, and a finger in the air to the oppressors. We respond to the absurdity of
their limited vision.
When the People Resist, it is unity, not division – loud voices speaking together,
even if they aren’t all saying the same thing. We reject the purity of agreement, for
the righteousness of our displeasure.
The People Resist…because there’s nothing else left to do now.”