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Matthew Morgan

Matthew Morgan, creator of AFROPUNK, set out on a journey 10 years ago to give a voice to multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled. Morgan, a visionary with 18 years in the music industry, instinctively understood that the indie rock/punk/hardcore scene had powerful appeal beyond the predictable Caucasian audience.

In 2002, Morgan produced the cult classic film 'Afro-Punk' spotlighting Black punks in America. AFROPUNK became a touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop. Alternative urban kids across the nation and across the globe, who felt like outsiders discovered they were actually the core of a boldly innovative, fast-growing community. Morgan the driving force behind the exploding AFROPUNK (AP) culture, created an authentic virtual home in

In 2005, the very first annual AFROPUNK Festival debuted to wildly enthusiastic crowds at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The festival celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK: music, film, lifstylesports, art, fashion and most importantly, the fiercely independent and influential individuals that are the lifeblood of the AFROPUNK community.

Prior to AFROPUNK Morgan began his career as a stylist in London, he quickly progressed to management spending several years building a successful music management company. Morgan first managed multi-platinum UK band Damage & has managed US artists, Santigold (Downtown Records), producer Rashad Smith (Notorious B.I.G, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J) and songwriters Balewa Muhammad (Keri Hilson, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears), Teron Beal (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Brandy) and Michele Bell (Alicia Keys).