Afro-Punk 2009 – Los Angeles, California

“Afro-Punk 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. The online members have been the driving force behind the exploding Afro-Punk (AP) culture, creating an authentic virtual home in, and nurturing the musics best and brightest via expansion of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.” (

“As the AP movement continued to gain momentum and influence, everyone began to notice. The Liberation Sessions went front-and-center at CMJ and SXSW, press coverage ranged from Pitchfork, URB, Vibe, and Nylon to The New York Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times.” (

“In 2005, the very first annual Afro-Punk Festival debuted to wildly enthusiastic crowds at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Co-curated by Morgan and Spooner, the festival celebrated and unified the cultural cornerstones of Afro-Punk: music, film, skate, and most importantly, the fiercely independent and influential individuals that are the lifeblood of the AP community.” (

“Something is dying tonight
There will be no more breath and no more light
I’ve burned every candle and extinguished every fear
And I’ve waited for your time to pass to bring in my new year
Something is dying tonight
There will be no more struggle, no more fight
And I’ve known that I’d have to live through suffering and youth
but I’m the landlord of my dreams now and my tenets rent is due
Something is dying
Something is dying inside of me”

Excerpt from Notice of Eviction, Saul Williams

Live Painting!

by Trust Your Struggle & Mear One

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