By: Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) The 2018 Brooklyn and Atlanta editions of the Afropunk Festival have official dates. Afropunk BK is scheduled for August 25/26 at Commodore Barry Park, and Afropunk ATL will take place October 13/14 at 787 Windsor.
Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Miguel, and Janelle Monáe are headlining the shows in New York City. Other acts to hit the stage in Fort Greene include The Internet, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Denzel Curry, Smino, Jamila Woods, and Jessie Reyes.
The southern sets will feature N.E.R.D, The Internet, Wicked Wisdom, Benjamin Booker, Noname, and Little Simz. Afropunk organizers selected “The People Resist” as the theme for this year’s festivals.
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.