The 2015 Afropunk festival takes place in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park August 22-23. And this year the fest has some pretty spectacular names on its lineup. Topping the Afropunk 2015 lineup are Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz and Kelis. Also performing are Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Raury, Kaytranada, Lion Babe, Jesse Boykins III, Adia Victoria, Goldlink, Brenmar, Petite Noir, Young Paris, Black Luck, Soulection and many others. Check out the full lineup here.
Jones is also headlining the first Afropunk Ball to benefit the Afropunk Global Initiative, which serves to promote “a holistic, democratic and enlightened representation of people of color within all facets of society with the goal to create unique programming that encourages diversity in media.”
Another Afropunk festival is being scheduled in Atlanta for Oct. 3 and 4. That lineup has not yet been announced.
Tickets can be purchased at the Afropunk website, or they can be earned via a community service initiative called Afropunk Army. You can earn your ticket by volunteering for different forms of advocacy, such as homeless outreach, social media activism, taking a tree census or submitting photography to its #NoHate campaign.
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