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WEEKEND PLANS?

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>>> ERICA BADU, JANELLE MONET,
BUZZ WORTHY NAMES BEING FEATURED
AT THIS YEAR'S PUNK FESTIVAL,
THE LATEST IN FILM AND ART.
TWO-DAY EVENT BEGAN AS A
PLATFORM FOR BLACK PUNK BANDS.
IT'S EXPANDED WORLDWIDE.
NOW, RETURNING TO ITS ROOTS.
HERE TO TELL US MORE, JOCELYN
COOPER.
SO NICE TO HAVE YOU.
>> GOOD TO BE HERE.
>> LET'S START OFF WITH HOW IT
GOT CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
WHAT'S THE GENESIS OF THE
FESTIVAL?
>> IT CAME FROM A FILM THAT MY
PARTNER MATTHEW MORGAN PRODUCED
CALLED AFRO PUNK AND THE FILM
WAS ABOUT YOUNG BLACK KIDS WHO
ARE PART OF THE PUNK MOVEMENT
WHO FELT DISENFRANCHISED, WHO
WEREN'T ACCEPTED BECAUSE OF THE
COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, SO IT WAS A
STORY THAT MANY PEOPLE COULD
RELATE TO.
>> INTERESTING BECAUSE, IF YOU
THINK OF MUSIC AND THE MUSICAL
GENRES, IN SO MANY OF THEM,
AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE THE
LEADERS, THE FIRST ONES OUT
THERE, THE ONES WHO EVERYBODY
ELSE ASPIRED TO BE LIKE.
AND YET, WITH THE -- IN THE PUNK
WORLD THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN
MUSICIANS FELT LEFT OUT?
>> YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT IF YOU
LOOK AT THE BEGINNINGS OF PUNK
ROCK, IF YOU LOOK AT A BAND
CALLED DEATH AS AN EXAMPLE, OR
BAD RAIN, THERE WERE
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSICIANS THAT
WERE A PART OF THAT INITIAL
MOVEMENT.
BUT THE AUDIENCES WERE NOT --
WERE NOT BLACK.
AND THE IDEA OF HAVING SORT OF
THESE FOLKS THAT WERE, YOU KNOW,
NOT WHITE, ENGLISH KIDS, YOU
KNOW, WHO WERE WORKING CLASS
KIDS FROM LONDON, THE IDEA THAT
YOUNG PEOPLE WANTED TO BE
ASSOCIATED WITH THAT, I THINK,
WAS DIFFICULT FOR FOLKS.
>> SO TELL ME HOW IT'S EVOLVED,
HOW IT'S EVOLVED FROM ITS
BEGINNING AND WHERE IT'S GOTTEN
TO NOW.
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, THE
INTERESTING THING IS THAT AFRO
PUNK HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLATFORM
FOR DISCOVERY, WHETHER IT'S
YOUNG PUNK BANDS, OR YOUNG BANDS
THAT HAVE A PUNK ATTITUDE,
BECAUSE AFRO PUNK REALLY IS
ABOUT, YOU KNOW, JUST HAVING A
FREEDOM, AND THE IDEA OF BEING
ABLE TO COME TOGETHER IN A
GROUP, IN A SPACE ONLINE AND
EXPRESS YOURSELF.
THAT HAS EVOLVED OVER, YOU KNOW,
A 12-YEAR, 14-YEAR PERIOD OF
TIME WHERE IT STARTED WITH 250
KIDS AND NOW WE'VE GOT 60,000
FOLKS IN BROOKLYN.
WE'RE REACHING ANOTHER -- YOU
KNOW, WE'RE IN PARIS AND LONDON
AND ATLANTA AND JOHANNESBURG AT
THE END OF THE YEAR.
AND THEN NEXT YEAR IN BRAZIL.
SO IT REALLY HAS EVOLVED
GLOBALLY.
THE COMMUNITY BOTH ONLINE AND
OFFLINE HAS JUST GROWN AND
BLOSSOMED.
AND THERE'S MORE ART INTEGRATED.
THERE'S MORE ACTIVISM, QUITE
FRANKLY.
>> TELL ME ABOUT THAT.
TELL ME ABOUT WHAT THE FESTIVAL
WILL LOOK LIKE, WHAT IT WILL
FEEL LIKE, WHAT IT WILL SOUND
LIKE.
>> THE THEME THIS YEAR IS THE
PEOPLE RESIST.
SO IT SOUNDS LIKE MANY DIFFERENT
GENRES OF MUSIC, IT SOUNDS LIKE
AN AREA THAT WE HAVE CALLED
ACTIVISM ROW WHERE WE HAVE
GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS AND
OTHER LARGER ORGANIZATIONS LIKE
A.I.D.S. HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION
AND EVEN AARP ARE INVOLVED THIS
YEAR.
>> THOSE OF US THAT FALL INTO
THAT CATEGORY, I'VE GOT MY CARD.
>> CARD CARRIERS.
>> YES, WE ARE.
>> AND WE WILL REGISTER PEOPLE
TO VOTE.
WE HAVE A SPECIAL SURPRISE,
ANGELA DAVIS IS ACTUALLY COMING
THIS YEAR TO BE A PART OF A VERY
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND
MUSIC.
AND PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL WE
HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THOUGHT
LEADERS CALLED THE AFRO PUNK
SOLUTION SESSION WHICH ARE TWO
DAYS OF CONVERSATIONS.
IRA DUVANE IS HERE WITH US,
HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH
TERRENCE NANCE WHO LAUNCHED A
SHOW OF "RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS"
ON HBO.
THE IDEA IS YOU CONNECT SKATER
KIDS AND MUSICIANS AND KIDS THAT
ARE INTO FASHION AND POLITICS
AND YOU PUT THEM INTO THIS ONE
GROUP, A DAY OF FREEDOM AND
EXPRESSION.
>> IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S ALMOST
SORT OF AN EVENTART,
AND TYLER THE CREATOR IS THERE
IN THE SAME SPACE.
>> HOW HAS YOUR AUDIENCE CHANGED
OVER THE YEARS?
>> THE AUDIENCE HAS GROWN, THE
AUDIENCE HAS BECOME YOUNGER OVER
THE YEARS.
THE AUDIENCE HAS CERTAINLY
BECOME MORE GLOBAL.
WE -- "THE NEW YORK TIMES"
CALLED US THE MOST MULTICULTURAL
FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK, AND THAT,
FOR US, MEANS THAT PEOPLE FROM
GHANA AND PEOPLE FROM THE
CARIBBEAN, AND PEOPLE FROM, YOU
KNOW, NEW YORK AND CHICAGO ALL
COME TOGETHER IN THE SAME SPACE.
AND THAT BECOMES SORT OF THIS
MASHUP OF CULTURES.
>> LAST QUESTION FOR YOU.
SO IF SOMEBODY HEARS ABOUT THIS,
LET'S SAY -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT
THIS IS.
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT IS.
OR WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, SOUNDS
LIKE OR FEELS LIKE AND THEY SAY
WAIT A MINUTE, YOU'RE A CREATOR
HERE, WHAT IS THIS AND WHY
SHOULD I GO?
WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
>> THE ANSWER IS THAT IF YOU'RE
LOOKING FOR INTERESTING,
EDUCATED, LIKE-MINDED, FREE
SPACE AND PEOPLE, YOU SHOULD
COME TO AFRO PUNK.
>> WHY WOULDN'T YOU BE
INTERESTED IN THOSE THINGS,
RIGHT?
JOCELYN, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU
AND CHAT WITH YOU.
GOOD LUCK WITH IT.
WE'LL HAVE YOU BACK AS IT
CONTINUES.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>> FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT
YOUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.


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