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Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu to headline Afropunk Brooklyn festival

Screenshot: “Make Me Feel” video (YouTube)

Janelle Monáe finally has a new album on the way—her first since The Electric Lady way back in 2013—and she’s going to celebrate by performing as one of the headliners at this summer’s Afropunk Brooklyn. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, she’ll be appearing alongside Erykah Badu, Miguel, Tyler, The Creator, and a whole bunch of other artists at the festival, which will be held at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on August 25 and 26.

Along with the headliners, Afropunk has also released a mission statement titled “The People Resist.” Here it is in full:

This resistance is not new! We, the people who have lived under the thumb of white supremacy, gender, inequality, homophobia, environmental rape and economic apartheid have always known that when the world is an outrage, the sensible thing to do is defy it. Resistance is survival, not just a hashtag. But if it’s going to be a social media call to political arms, let’s make that fucker count!


Tickets for Afropunk Brooklyn are available now, and Entertainment Weekly also notes that the organizers behind the festival will donate one ticket to “a New York City area youth” for each general admission ticket sold to the public.

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