Afropunk Brooklyn: Where Everyone’s A Star

One of the landmark cultural events of the summer, AfroPunk Brooklyn, took place at Commodore Barry Park on August 27 and 28.

The annual festival brought acts like Ice Cube, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Living Color, and Young Fathers, to the stage, with some of the most creative people in Brooklyn looking on.

The appeal of AfroPunk is that the people in the crowd are the stars that turned it into a global phenomenon.

BrooklynFans.com Photographer LolitaLens captured these moments from the festival:

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Long Island Nets At Barclays Center

The Long Island Nets, the D-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will be playing their inaugural season starting this fall at Barclays Center.

This is before the Long Island Nets move to the renovated Nassau Coliseum in 2017.

The Long Island Nets recently released their schedule for the 2016-17 regular season, which opens on the road against the Windy City Bulls on November 11. They will host the Canton Charge on November 23 in the team’s home opener at Barclays Center.

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Kljestan Added to US National Team Roster

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is getting the recognition he deserves.

Klejestan has been added to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster ahead of a pair of World Cup Qualifiers in the Semifinal Round. He will join the team for training in Jacksonville ahead of the first match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, September 2  at 3:30 p.m. ET. Four days later, the team closes out Group C action against Trinidad & Tobago on September 6  at 8 p.m.

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BWP’s 61st Only One Red Bulls Need To Get By Revs

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored yet again on Sunday afternoon to increase his Red Bulls scoring record and it was the difference as they beat the New England Revolution, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena.

Wright-Phillips set the record in the Red Bulls’ prior home game, on August 13 vs. Montreal, and fans were greeted by a new sign commemorating the achievement. (pictured above)

It is like a scoreboard that will tally how many goals BWP racks up, and it took 55 minutes into this one for it to change from “60” to “61.”

Wright-Phillips was in perfect position on the right side to corral a rebound from New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton and drill it to give the Red Bulls the 1-0 edge. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.

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For Kreis Sake: Coach Gets Revenge on NYCFC

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Jason Kreis thought he got a raw deal when he was fired after just one season as coach of New York City Football Club.

Kreis got his revenge on Sunday night, as his new club, Orlando City SC beat NYCFC, 2-1.

Kreis took the focus off of himself after the game, as he said, “The importance of the win has nothing to do with the opponent. It wasn’t about me, it’s about the performance of the team and what the guys are willing to do. So I’m really pleased for the players, they are the ones who deserve the credit.”

Orlando City got two goals from their star Kaka, while NYCFC’s European stars, David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo, were largely kept in check.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Megdal Examines “The Cardinals Way”

The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Time

By Howard Megdal

Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the great franchises in baseball, and they are in the midst of one of the most successful periods in their history.

They have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. In that time, they won the World Series in 2011, made it back to the Fall Classic in 2013, and reached the National League Championship Series twice, losing to San Francisco both times, in 2012 and 2014.

Howard Megdal takes an extensive look into their history, dating back to the days of Branch Rickey a century ago, in The Cardinals Way.

“Coming on the heels of Tony LaRussa’s 2011 World Series championship in his final season, the Cardinals have put together the kind of sustained success that is rare in baseball, drawing all kinds of attention and a simple question. How are they doing it?

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The Dream Of A Lifetime…

Anybody who has ever dreamed of playing professional basketball has the chance to further their dreams.

The Long Island Nets, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will hold a local player tryout on September 24.

The tryout will be held at the Pratt Recreation Center on LIU Post’s campus, which is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, N.Y. Player check-in for the tryout will begin at 9 a.m.

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St. John’s Releases Non-Conference Schedule

(Carnesecca Arena – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm announced their men’s basketball out-of-conference schedule on Thursday.

The Red Storm has a 13-game docket lined up against non-league opponents in 2016-17, and it includes marquee contests in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Gavitt Tipoff Games, and a road game with longtime rival Syracuse.

The first couple months of the season features seven local dates and appearances in three of New York City’s boroughs.

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