A “Family-Friendly” Freaknik?

A “Family-Friendly” Freaknik?

By Jamie Lamor Thompson

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You may remember Freaknik from the 80s and 90s. The videos and stories of the crazy week are still passed around and talked about to this day. A weekend filled with concerts, drinking, showing out and being seen. The event started as an event amongst Atlanta HBCU students and turned into a yearly event with thousands attending.

The event was eventually banned in 2010 by the then-Atlanta mayor, after things got too out of hand. It seems like all of that reminiscing may have rekindled the excitement of Freaknik, which could be making a comeback soon, but in a “family-friendly” type of way.

That right, a “family-friendly” Freaknik. But how?! You may be asking.

Instead of a weekend-long party, the new Freaknik will be a one-day concert. This year being headlined by Uncle Luke, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Lil Scrappy and more, going down on June 22nd.

“We want everyone to know it’s not the old Atlanta Freaknik,” said Tara Thomas, the publicist and branding expert contracted by the main festival committee. “When people think Freaknik, they think party and chaos. That’s not what we want to do. We want it to be a party, but an all-inclusive one.”

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: The Root