Afropunk continues to explore identity, art and protest through this week-long series of live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions.  Mark your calendars and get your tickets now!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION
OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION
7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10) 
NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE
2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035
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A discourse around the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy featuring:

Zoe Kravitz, Actress & Musician
Larry Ossei-Mensah, ARTNOIR
Sade Lythcott, CEO National Black Theatre
Matthew Morgan, Co-Founder AFROPUNK

Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project

A KICK IN THE HEAD
PUNK ROCK SHOWCASE
Doors Open at 8:30PM, $10
The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10030
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Participating musicians will be announced closer to the date.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES
A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING
7:30PM, $15
Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
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Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs  gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. It will feature music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre Collective followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kali, Adia Whitaker,  Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.

THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION
9pm-12am, FREE
GIN FIZZ HARLEM
308 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027
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Ranked one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly jam session.  The session is the brainchild of Grammy nominated producer/engineer AnuSun. The Shed provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem and serves as a launchpad for emerging talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST
Art & Public Forum
6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students
THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
144 West 125th Street, New York, New York
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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art on the occasion of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s current exhibitions The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970. The evening begins with a guided walkthrough of the exhibitions. It will be followed by a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with the Harlem Copwatch moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).

AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy
Featuring Gina Yashere

Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS
GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster
310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027
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AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

AFROPUNK  & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of 
THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA

6:30PM; $10
343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027
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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi Griffin, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ish; Nas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.

MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present
The Hair Tales: An Appropriation Conversation
7:30pm; $15
HARLEM STAGE
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
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Cultural Critic and Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis and Comedian, Actress, Provocateur, Blogger, Natural Hair Geek and creator of the YouTube sensation “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls,” Franchesca Ramsey engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of  #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and you.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC

7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50
THE APOLLO
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

Featuring Special Guests: Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more.

AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.

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