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Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Among Headliners For 2011 Afro-Punk Festival In Brooklyn

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 05/25/11

Janelle MonaeThe line-up for the 2011 Afro-Punk Festival was announced this week, and among the headliners, there is: Cee-Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Santigold, and Fishbone.

The event is returning to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park for the 7th annual event, set to go down on August 27 and 28.

In addition to musical acts, the Afro-Punk Fest will feature the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX contest in NYC boasting the nation's top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.

It will also include over 20 of the NYC area's hottest food trucks and vendors for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival.

The line-up includes Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch and more to be added!

The festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural, aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-Punk fans at the Festival and will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.

Described by the New York Times as putting "rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music," the Afro-Punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-Punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk's stages.

For more info, visit AfroPunk.com.