Afropunk Fest. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v5n1 p0826
Beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, at
least it is here, in the north east US. Sounding not good in the south
east. Weather advisories on www.drsusanna.org/anguilla.phpI am in Brooklyn, my eyes and ears are still resonating from the weekend's Afropunk Fest. I
learned something new. You know how we believe that few men grow past 6
feet, and only superstar basketball players are over 7 feet tall? Not
true. You just don't see them. They come out at music festivals and
plonk themselves in the very front row, and gyrate madly. I have photos
to prove this.Janelle Monáe sang Electric Lady at Brooklyn Afropunk Fest. Electric indeed. Picture of Janelle above, that I took during her concert.
She and her band jumped and danced and sang and played, pure energy.
Which I like a lot, being of the energetic persuasion myself. Links to
pictures and videos of her and other musicians on MJOTAtalks: Music click here.The
Bed Stuy Vollies were out in force for a second day; they dealt
professionally with persons becoming unconscious, broken leg, blood
pouring out of leg wounds. They would all have loved to be gyrating and
dancing with the rest of the crowd, but they stayed by their posts and
took care of business. As the Commander Rocky Robinson likes to say,
"While everyone else was singing We Are the World, Bed Stuy Vollies was on
the ground in Haiti, kicking out locks and setting up a hospital." Way to
go Bed Stuy Vollies click here.
Crowd streaming in for evening entertainment at 5pm on Saturday. At
7pm, security stopped all entering the Commodore Barry Park because
capacity of 30,000 had been reached. Same thing happened on Sunday.