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For Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper, it has been a long, 15-year journey to get the Afropunk Festival from the small, local hangout for passionate message-board friends in the alt-punk space congregating in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, NY, to the internationally renowned entertainment juggernaut it is today.

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It has been an oft-repeated refrain that the Afropunk Festival has changed from the punk-centered origins of its inception in the early 2000s—evolving well beyond the brainchild of James Spooner’s titular documentary to a festival powerhouse, with presence in three continents and five cites.

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From Michael Jackson’s Jheri curl from the Thriller era to Colin Kaepernick’s iconic ’fro, one thing’s for sure: Black folks know hair, and our hair often makes a statement.

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AfroPunk 2018 came and went, and The Root was in the house to make sure that black trivia was popping. In the midst of the wave of beautifully melanated millennials (well, mostly), we had to figure out who was really about that “afro” life.

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Every year like clockwork, the ultimate young black reunion takes place on the lawns of Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, as all the stylish friends you wish you had come out stunting in their bright, bold, and very unapologetically black street style, ready to mosh and sway the hot evenings away.

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She may seem to hide behind sunglasses, but 21-year-old Gabi Wilson—better known as H.E.R.—has made it her mission to be at ease in the spotlight, as she told Vogue while prepping for last weekend’s AfroPunk festival in her home base of Brooklyn, NY.

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The festival is now in its 13th year, celebrating black music, art and culture in downtown Brooklyn, New York, at Commodore Barry Park.

Kenneth O’Veal at Afropunk at Commodore Barry Park on Aug. 25. The venerable music, arts and culture festival was inspired by the 2003 documentary film Afropunk by James Spooner.

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AfroPunk, Colin Kaepernick, Dirk Nowitzki, Drumline, MLB, NBA, NFL, Tarik Cohen, Whitley Gilbert, Year In Review -

Here at The Undefeated, we spent a trying 2017 attempting to cover the world through your eyes. We had the Colin Kaepernick saga on lock, the NFL protests covered. We learned from Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng that “the biggest misconception is people thinking Muslims are terrorists.” We reveled at Whitley Gilbert’s wardrobe and watched Tarik […]

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AfroPunk, All Day, Black Lives Matter, M.I.A., Music -

Afropunk, what are you doing? The festival started in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, and featured black acts that didn’t necessarily fit the mold of “urban,” but were certainly popular enough to draw large crowds. The event held a special place in the black community as a haven for weird, in a certain sense, without […]

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History  Back in 2002, filmmaker James Spooner and 15-year music business veteran Matthew Morgan teamed […]

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Afropunk, Beyonce, Black Entertainers, Culture, Editor's Picks, Entertainment, Grace Jones, Rihanna -

When you’re Grace Jones and you know you’ve never censored yourself, why would you start […]

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afrofuturism, Afropunk, Black alternative culture, blerds, Culture, Editor's Picks, List -

1. Black alternative culture is just Blacks participating in white culture. Even though mainstream media […]

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Afropunk, Black alternative culture, Black media outlets, blerds, Editor's Picks, Opinion -

When the BET Awards aired this year, I didn’t watch it. While everybody was watching […]

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