Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the nonprofit organization 500 Men Making a Difference is hosting the 2016 Bed-Stuy Music Festival in Brooklyn.
The organization is devoted to investing in the lives of Black men and their families, and providing them with the means to develop successful and long-lasting futures. Wayne Devonish, one of the founding members of 500 Men Making a Difference and organizer for the festival, shared with the Amsterdam News why he chose Brooklyn.
“I was impressed with the Essence music festival and the economic impact that it had, and I remember reading that it generated more than $2 million,” Devonish said. “Yet, nothing that was Black-controlled brought in that kind of revenue. You know, Harlem has Harlem Week but, there’s nothing in Brooklyn.”
The festival is set to take place at the Christ Fellowship Church in Brooklyn, and guests can expect to chow down on great food while listening to some of their favorite artists—from Kenny Lattimore to Funkmaster Flex. Feet will be on the dance floor all through the night.
When asked why particular artists were chosen, Devonish said, “Memphis Bleek is from the community, and he’s definitely one of the pioneers. Kenny Lattimore is smooth and will bring a nice mellow and adult crowd. And Flex is just New York and that’s really fly.”
Devonish also shared his hopes for the outcome of the festival. “I think we’re on the right track to get economic development for the community and also be fun attend.”