join us for afropunk after dark!

August 17, 2016


The 2016 Brooklyn AFROPUNK Festival, whose lineup includes Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Tyler The Creator, Flying Lotus,The Internet, Laura Mvula, Skunk & Anansie and Janelle Monae, among many more has announced a series of events for AFROPUNK After Dark. AFROPUNK After Dark is the immediate afterparty for the Brooklyn festival where the party creeps into the streets of Brooklyn with an array of activities like DJ sets, poetry slams, comedy shows and film screenings. This year’s series includes a night of poetry with Nikki Giovanni and Saul Williams, a taping of the highly rated podcast 2 Dope Queens, afterparty with Soulection, DJ sets by GZA, DJ Premier, founder of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond, and so much more (see below for all AFROPUNK AFTERDARK events).

This year also brings Art and Times where festival goers will be able to view and interact with a one-of-a-kind art happening. Original work created in conjunction with the first artist-run super PAC For Freedoms, who are using art to inspire deeper political engagement for citizens who want to have a greater impact on the American political landscape. Founded by Hank Willis Thomas & Eric Gottesman, it encourages new forms of critical discourse surrounding the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Their medium is American democracy with a mission to support the efforts to reshape it into a more transparent and representative form. Featured artist in this unique, open-air gallery lining the perimeter fencing of Commodore Barry Park include Coby Kennedy, Jackie Nickerson, and Rashid Johnson.

Other must see installations include Activism Row’s Carnival of Consciousness powered by the Aids Healthcare Foundation featuring grassroots and nonprofit organizations that work to solve urgent community problem.

Fans can keep tabs on the activities surrounding AFROPUNK BROOKLYN by downloading the AFROPUNK app from the Apple and Google Play stores. The app will is available today, August 17th and the only place to find the festival schedule stage times and keep abreast of festival activities.

AFROPUNK BROOKLYN could not be possible without the support of our partners. This year we’re excited to welcome brand partners such as Toyota, MillerCoors, Red Bull, Dr. Martens, Dark & Lovely, Carol’s Daughter, Zipcar, MAC, Just Water, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Art for Amnesty, among many others. These partnerships enhance the experience we’re able to provide to all attendees with an array of products that speak to and serve our community. One activation festival-goers should definitely visit is the Toyota Music Renegade Record Lab. Located off the Green Stage, the Toyota Music Renegade Record Lab provides festival-goers with an array of interactive vehicle and music-inspired activities. From the UpCycle Record Lab, where attendees can create custom records featuring tracks from their favorite Afropunk performers to striking a pose in their best festival-gear inside the Camry Video Booth, these two activities are just a small taste of the big things going down in the Toyota Music tent.

Additionally, through a partnership with Facebook and NTS Radio, AFROPUNK will go behind the scenes for artist interviews via Facebook Live. By checking the AFROPUNK Facebook page, fans can check out this content during both days of AFROPUNK BROOKLYN.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit

About NTS Radio

NTS Radio (also known as NTS Live) is an online radio station and media platform based in Dalston, London. Founded in April 2011 by Femi Adeyemi (one of the original members of Boiler Room) and with the help of Clair Urbahn, NTS Radio serves the online community with a diverse range of live radio shows, digital media and live music based events. Its tag line ‘Don’t Assume’ sums up its diversity and radical programming

AFTER DARK PROGRAMMING Each year AFROPUNK curates 20 post festival events that transforms the neighborhood of Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant into a captivating playground of music, art, comedy, film screenings and culture.


2 Dope Queens – Brooklyn Bowl – 61 Wythe Ave: Comedy Show Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, share stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel plus a whole bunch of other topics.

#BreakTheCycle – The Kymberle Project – 1332 Atlantic Avenue Party goers are invited to browse thought provoking art and talk to one another. The evening will conclude with a screening of The Cycle, a short film that looks at the cycle of police violence and fear in the Black community and followed by a brief conversation with executive producer Sway Calloway and film cast members.


Afro Comedy – Bedford Hall – 1177 Bedford Avenue (10:00 PM EST): Featuring Chloe Hilliard, Monroe Martin, John Laster and Gina Yashere. Hosted by Alzo Slade

A night of poetry with Strivers Row – Berg’n – 899 Bergen Street (10:00 PM EST): Featuring Nikki Giovanni and hosted by Saul Williams

Get Me Lit: A Vogue Party & Screening – The Emerson – 516 Myrtle Avenue (10:00 PM EST): Join .Mic as they screen an episode of their poignant digital series, The Movement, and turn up with voguing demonstrations and tunes by DJ JustLove.

Sauce featuring Martina McFlyy, Ms. Nix and Jasmine Solano – The Kymberle Project – 1332 Atlantic Avenue (11:00 PM EST): Join us at this AFROPUNK After Dark dance party with sets by Martina McFlyy, Ms. Nix, and Jasmine Solano

Raised Fist and Rewind present Genius – Secret Location (10:00 PM EST): Featuring GZA with special guest DJ Premier. Hosted by Angelo Moore of Fishbone

CRWNMAG Tacos & Chill – Myrtle & Gold – 343 Gold Street (10:00 PM EST): Join the CRWNMAG family and celebrate the release of Issue One over tacos & great vibes

Back To Life Party – Putnam’s Pub & Cooker – 419 Myrtle Avenue (11:00 PM EST): Get a taste of UK and British party culture with DJ sets by Livin’ Proof, Pauli the PSM, and special invited guests


SheaMoisture & Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Present: Mad Free Ye International Black Girls Pub – Berg’n – 899 Bergen Street (9:00 PM EST): Fierce conversation, fresh music, festive drinks, fish & chips featuring UK’s hottest artists and Black Girls Rock’s DJ Beverly Bond. Hosted by Michaela angela Davis. Special appearance by Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo from the Color Purple

The Shrine feat. DJ Moma & DJ Addy – C’Mon Everybody – 325 Franklin Avenue (10:00 PM EST) : A night of Afro Beats, Soca, Reggae, Soul, & Funk with sets by DJ mOma & Silent Addy

Astro Beat featuring the Illustrious Blacks – The Emerson – 516 Myrtle Avenue (10:00 PM EST): Manchild & Monstah Black spin music celebrating the spectrum of Black Dance Music.

AFROPUNK After Dark Soulection Party – Friends and Lovers – 641 Classon Avenue (11:00 PM EST): Sets by Andres, Andre Power, Eden Hagos, ESTA., Joe Kay, Sahar, Sango, The Whooligan with opening set by Tha Yellow R KEL

AFROPUNK Global Initiative x For Freedoms Reception – A Social Salon – Myrtle & Gold – 343 Gold Street (11:00 PM EST): AFROPUNK Global Initiative presents a special closing reception and salon in celebration of the Hank Willis Thomas led For Freedoms art installation an artist run super PAC who use art to inspire deeper political engagement and critical discourse surrounding the upcoming 2016 presidential election
Very Black Party -Putnam’s Pub & Cooker – 419 Myrtle Avenue (11:00 PM EST): Dance party curated by Very Black with sets by DJ Fauzi and Ton Up. Hosted by Yung Elder.


Laura Mvula – National Sawdust – 80 N. 6th Street (8:00PM EST) Performance