Published on October 11th, 2018 | by The Rap Hippies
AFROPUNK Makes Its Way Back to the South
AfroPunk has made its way back to Atlanta! AFROPUNK is back and the line up and vibes don’t disappoint. As The Rap Hippies, we pride ourselves in celebrating not only the counter-culture of music but also the differences in people. AFROPUNK’S CARNIVAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS celebrates both and we can’t wait to reap the benefits! During the two day festival we get the pleasure of seeing performances from N.E.R.D, Sango, Benjamin Booker, Rico Nasty and more on day 1, Saturday, October 13th ; and Kaytranada, The Internet, Pusha-T, Joi, Noname and many more on day 2, Sunday, October 14th.
There are so many facets to this festival that there is something literally for every soul . Check out a couple of descriptions from AFROPUNK themselves on what you can look forward to this year and make sure you get your tickets HERE!
AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS
AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS ATLANTA LIVE – a social forum, platform and unique space within the weekend’s programming turned critically acclaimed podcast, will return for its third Atlanta installment, hosted by veteran social activist, BRIDGET TODD, and writer YVES JEFFCOAT.
These curated talks feature dynamic orators & personalities addressing audiences on a myriad of topics, issues, and concepts.
The weekend’s programming will kick-off on Saturday, October 13th, with a set of special conversations hosted by PATRISSE CULLORS and BLACK LIVES MATTER ATLANTA in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which has risen from a hashtag to one of the most influential social justice and resistance movements in the world today. Programming will highlight Atlanta artists and activists and will feature community conversations, including ART AS RESISTANCE: ATL GOT SOMETHIN TO SAY and part one of the WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR series – BLM: 5 YEARS OF RESISTANCE. Saturday’s participants will include artist, organizer and Black Lives Matter co-founder PATRISSE CULLORS, and members of BLM ATLANTA, including scholar and photographer Tiffany R. Smith, artist and founder of Initiate Justice, Richard Edmond-Vargas, plus others.
Sunday’s program will include part two of the WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR, which will focus on LGBTQ+ rights and Trans identity. The day’s program will close with a discussion around voter rights, community rights, and the impact of midterm elections, and will include Stefanie Brown James, co-founder/senior advisor of The Collective, plus others.
Each year The Carnival of Consciousness curates and hosts AFTER DARK events that consist of special late-night, on-site dance parties “with a purpose,” set to go until 1am each day.
Saturday will feature the Trap Heals: Experience, a juxtaposition of the mainstream perception of “The Trap” against an unlikely backdrop of provocative art, lush greenery, femme Trap selectors, Counter-Culture performances and above all, the community.Trap Heals is building new frameworks of how space is built within the spectrum of Blackness for collective healing, in partnership between Black Collar Crime, Damon Davis and BLM Atlanta. Sunday’s program will close with a celebration of all things LGBTQIA+. The space will be curated by Afrekete, Spelman College’s first LGBTQ organization, and BLM Atlanta.
One of the best things about the AFROPUNK festival are its community-driven initiatives. Activism Row is an interactive, site-specific educational installation featuring grassroots non-profits that attempt to solve urgent community problems. Activism Row’s goal is to inform youth about civic participation opportunities. This year participating organizations include Equal Justice Initiative, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Georgia WAND, Headcount, Sons and Brothers, Atlanta Jobs With Justice and Solutions Not Punishments Collaborative.