Afropunk, fashion, style, art

The Red Bulletin Podcast: The Rise of Afropunk

Words:ANDREAS TZORTZIS
Photo: Koury Angelo/Red Bull Content Pool

When a 21-year-old punk fan felt disconnected from the scene he loved, he made a film and helped create a movement. 

Perhaps it’s hard for some to imagine how campaigns took flight in the days before social media. Before the hashtags and the rally cries via Facebook feed, the digital age was caught in a transition period of digital message boards and blog responses. 

So what James Spooner did was make a documentary. As a person of color and a fan of punk music, he felt isolated at shows with predominantly white attendees and musicians and wanted to find others like himself. The documentary Afropunk was a national success and the message boards on a rudimentary website he has set up lit up with those seeking community. And as a result, a movement was born. 

Ahead of our conversation next week with Afropunk leaders Jocelyn Cooper and Matthew Morgan, we dive into a brief history of Spooner’s work and how it transformed into an all-inclusive music, art and fashion festival for the previously disconnected. 

 

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