The Afropunk Festival is hands-down one of my favorite things about summer in New York City. Every year, at the end of August, there is a whole weekend full of amazing musicians, and this year’s lineup is super exciting. Even outside of the music, though, the Festival has managed to create a wonderful and accepting space for all sorts of folks in attendance, and particularly for queer folks of color.
They’ve been really great about booking queer and gender non-conforming artists: last year there were performances by Feministing Jamz faves Le1f, Mykki Blanco, and Big Freedia. This year they’ve got a whole slate of awesome queer and feminist artitsts too. There are folks we’ve featured here on the site, including Cakes da Killa, Thee Satisfaction, and Gordon Voidwell, as well as other amazing feminist artists like Valerie June and Meshell Ndegeocello – and that’s just the beginning. I am so excited about so many of the artists, both the ones that are on my heavy rotation already as well as ones with which I’m looking forward to getting more familiar.
But aside from the actual music, I was really excited to see that the following was part of their press release:
NO: SEXISM, RACISM, ABELISM, HOMOPHOBIA, FATPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA or GENERAL HATEFULLNESS ALLOWED. – YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
Fuck yes, Afropunk! You are doing it right.
The Afropunk Festival will be on August 23-24 this year, in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. See you there?
Verónica is SO EXCITED for this lineup!