What began with fledgling filmmaker James Spooner’s 2003 documentary Afropunk, an exploration of racial identity within the punk-music scene, has grown into a much-anticipated annual celebration of black-rock rebellion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Afro Punk Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival is hosting 15 film screenings at BAM’s Rose Cinemas and music performances by 40 artists in the BAM parking lot, which will be temporarily transformed into a skate park. The 10-day event culminates with a concert (on July 12) in Fort Greene Park starring Little Jackie and Tamar Kali and a block party (on July 13) on Fort Greene’s historic Clinton Avenue, featuring live music, fashion, and arts and crafts.

July 4-13, 2008