Matthew Morgan, Jocelyn Cooper

The Afropunks

Jocelyn Cooper and Matthew Morgan.

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Forget Alexander Wang and Dior—the real can’t-miss Brooklyn fashion event is the nine-year-old Afropunk Festival each August in Commodore Barry Park. The two-day event run by Mr. Morgan and Ms. Cooper grew out of the grassroots movement of young black people participating in the predominantly white punk and alternative music scenes. The music is a highly mutated mash-up of hip-hop, metal, hardcore and more, but sometimes it feels like a sideshow to the crowd’s unfailingly correct fashion and hair game. Brooklyn style may be a phrase overused to the point of meaninglessness, but the Afropunk Festival nails it every time.


The Post-Punk Revivalists
The National

The Imitated
Grizzly Bear

The Scene Makers
The So So Glos

The Hip-Hop Linchpin
Wes Jackson

The Bookers
Billy Jones, Zachary Mexico

The Royal She

The Truth Teller
Angel Haze

The Indie Promoter
Todd Patrick

The Glamorizer
Peter Shapiro

The Annotators 
Tom Lehman, Mahbod ‘Maboo’ Moghadam, Ilan Zechory

The Afropunks
Matthew Morgan, Jocelyn Cooper


Matthew Morgan, Jocelyn Cooper