I should feel free to put my inhibitions to the side and dance my ass off, without toxins, not caring what anyone might think. DJ Herbert Holler’s vision came true: the people who attend this weekly musical adventure do not pass judgment, but rather make people feel free to do whatever their heart tells.
And the Freedom Party 10th anniversary joint at Central Park’s SummerStage was the perfect culmination to an emotionally heavy day. I spent the morning at the Schomburg, a museum and library of African and African-American history, named after Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, who was himself Afro-Latino. That afternoon I visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which focused partly on The Holocaust. To go from being immersed in histories in which freedom was an afterthought to an event in which a Jewish man (DJ Herbert Holler), a Black man (DJ Cosi), and an Afro-Latino man (DJ Marc Smooth) mass-directed a melting of cultures, ages, and races, highlights why this event is now ten years old with no end in sight.
Because that is what The Freedom Party is about: a dance and freedom movement for us all.
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