Free Fort Greene

My neighborhood Fort Greene in Brooklyn, one of the oldest in the borough, is changing beyond recognition, but we still have the annual Fort Greene Festival on Saturday, June 25. This year’s headliner: Mos Def (above with Talib Kweli in the video for “History”). And if that’s not sick, the annual Afropunk Festival (this year on August 28 and 29), that used to be held in Fort Greene Park and moved to Commodore Barry Park, also in the neighborhood, has Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green, Fishbone and Santigold on its bill. This year’s theme: “Free Fort Greene.”  Separately, Antibalas will play in Fort Greene Park at a concert organized by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy on July 12.

* Meanwhile Pharoahe Monch and Baloji (July 2) and Meshell Ndegeocello (July 9) will headline the annual Weeksville Heritage’s Center summer concert series in Bed-Stuy.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.

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