The Afropunk Festival is an annual summer festival featuring live music, films, fashion, and art. The lineup features alternative, blues, R&B, hip-hop, electronic, and rock music. Since its 2005 debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Afropunk Fest expanded to other cities, like Paris, London and Johannesburg. The festival was meant to create a stage for black alternative performers and provide black people with an opportunity to build community within the white punk subculture. Trying to attract a wider audience, the festival later expanded its lineups to include soul and hip-hop. It featured such musicians as Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and Tyler The Creator.
The festival was inspired by James Spooner's 2003 documentary film "Afro-Punk", which explored the lives of black youth within a white punk subculture.
Every year Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn attracts 70,000 attendees to Commodore Barry Park. There is plenty of food trucks, craft vendors, and an art wall. "After Dark" is a massive party which takes place in the streets and at clubs in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Afropunk Fest calls itself a safe space to freak out, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see it while making sense of the world around you.