iSo14Below isn’t some schtick. I literally never go above 14th Street. Alas, AfroPunk is heading to Harlem this black history month and lord knows, I’ll follow them anywhere! The Brooklyn demigod is showing those drab Harlemites how Black History Month should be done with AfroPunk Takeover Harlem kicking off February 21st. Over the five-day celebration, the good people at AfroPunk will be bringing us panels, film screenings, performances, and pure familial bonding.
I was supposed to head to New Orleans for my birthday, but since the trip to Harlem is about the same distance, I decided to keep it local and usher in my 31st year with the crew that spoke directly to me and my black experience when I moved to NYC in 2007. Check out my can’t-miss moments of this sure to be iconic weekend!
BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION
Ya’know, I have so many thoughts about this obsession with ‘black joy’ in contemporary times. so I’ll prob write about it later. ButIwillsaythis, black folk sang, danced, laughed, and loved through times harsher than this, so let us live fully in spite of.
I’m not on the panel for opening night of AfroPunk Takeover, but if I was, that’s what I would say. Instead, AP has folk like Zoe Kravitz, Sade Lythcott, and Andre Singletary bringing forth a goodt word. Standby ticketing is still available, so get there early black people!
TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES
Tamar-Kali is such a legend in this game. A young Nina Hendryx, she has been a major force in keeping black folk attached the genre that is rock music. Teeming up with Ase Dance Theater, she’ll be presenting ‘Demon Fruit Blues’, choreoplay depicting the ways in which black women show up in the face of misogyny.
“UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC
Robert Glasper is the musical director, so do I really need to give you any other reasons why you need to cop a ticket?? Alriiiiiight, alriiiiight. Jill Scott! Bilal! Toshi Regan! Staceyann Chin! Tunde Adebimpe! Are ya’ll sweating yet? I sure am. Yeesh!
To see the full schedule AfroPunk Takeover Harlem schedule and RSVP, click here! If you’re heading up from BK, let’s link up. No one should be forced to commute for 27 hours alone.