Q&A with creator of Afro-Punk James Spooner

In this episode of The Truth In This Art, Rob interviewed James Spooner, an American tattoo artist and graphic novelist who is best known for his seminal documentary film Afro-Punk, exploring the African American experience in the punk and alternative music scene, and for co-creating the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, New York, and they discuss his latest work, The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere. , Afropunk and much more.
James Spooner is a graphic novelist, tattoo artist, illustrator, and filmmaker. He directed the seminal documentary AFRO-PUNK which premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International and The American Black Film Festival. James also co-founded the Afropunk Festival, which currently boasts audiences in the hundreds of thousands around the world. His debut graphic novel, The High Desert is available now. 
Spooner’s work has been recounted in various publications, including NPR, Vice Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Vibe, Fader Magazine, MTV, NBC News and Variety, and he was a recipient of the ReNew Media Rockefeller Grant. He is an ongoing guest curator for the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and previously programmed for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
 
Spooner is also a contributor to RazorCake  Magazine, and he continues to screen AFRO-PUNK at colleges around the country, giving talks on punk and Black identity. He is currently co-editing an anthology from Soft Skull Press entitled, Black Punk Now.

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James Spooner (photo credit Lisa Nola)
 
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