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No Longer Fringe, Afro Punk Gains Ground

Could it be going mainstream?

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    Though often overlooked or seen as a contradiction to the norm, members of the Afro Punk community could soon be headed in the direction they never expected--mainstream.

    Growing numbers of African American youth are following the leads of pop artists and celebrities and adopting Afro Punk fashions.

    Meanwhile, long-time practitioners in the Afro Punk movement are growing into a more stable life in their late 30s and early 40s.

    As they settle down and have families, they are cultivating interests in missions to respond to the angst in the music from their youth, with sustainable food programs, plans to encourage others to buy locally grown or crafted products and projects to combat stereotypes.

    Perhaps for the first time, and with observable maturity, the movement is getting organized. Elements of the culture permeate popular music and fashion and the list of areas in which Afro Punk can be seen is only growing. Soon, the mainstream will have to find a way to answer the question: What is Afro Punk?