When I was younger I had lots of plans for when I became grown. Spring Bling and Freaknik were at the tops of my lists. Sadly, by the time I was a teenager those were all things of the past. Many of us have all heard of the infamous Freaknik by now. Whether you’re convinced it’s a myth or not we might actually get a chance to see it for ourselves.
According to the documentary The 90’s FreakNik Atlanta Story, Freaknik was basically an Atlanta Greek picnic started by college students who stayed in town during spring break. As the picnic grew more popular, participants started to really emphasize the “freak” in Freaknik. Back then they didn’t document everything—as we do now. Minus the doc mentioned above, there are very few images to even prove that Freaknik actually happened. But to hear our parents, aunties and uncles talk about it, we know it was real. Plus Lil’ Kim and Beyoncé talk about it in some of their songs, and both of the Queen B’s wouldn’t lie to us, right?
Now it seems that our favorite uncle, Uncle Luke from the 2 Live Crew, is going to finally answer some of the questions about what Freaknik was by bringing it back, family style. You heard that right this summer Freaknik is coming back as a family-friendly event, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I’m not sure how this is going to happen considering that in 2010 the mayor of Atlanta banned the event because it cost too much to keep the festivities under control.
On June 22 you and your parents better go on down to Atlanta to see how they used to get down back in the day. Personally, I don’t know how Uncle Luke is going to turn this event into a family affair or even if during the height of the #MeeToo movement this is the right time to do something like this. Despite some doubts that Freaknik 2.0 can be a clean event, plans are underway. The concert that is set to showcase unity and togetherness will feature artists like Project Pat, Uncle Luke, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, and Adina Howard.
Now that you know some of the deets, will you go?
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna
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