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The legendary street parties are the subject of a new 8-episode pod. Picture MTV's Spring Break bacchanals, except instead of a beach in Daytona, Florida, packed with mostly white Midwestern college kids grinding in bikinis to No Doubt, Bush and atlanta freak parties Cent, you have tens of thousands of mostly black college students flooding the streets, parks and highways of Atlanta for a massive party that grew from at,anta well-kept secret to an uncontrollable blowout. It was called Freaknik, and for a time in the early '80s through the late s, it was the hottest party atlanta freak parties the ATL, an annual get-down that drew revelers from all over the country for a celebration that had one very crucial, unintended consequence: spreading the gospel of the Atlanta sound across the nation. The rise and demise of Freaknik is the subject of a new eight-episode podcast debuting Tuesday June 25 called "Freaknik: A Discourse on a Paradise Lost," which explores what the teaser says began as a "celebratory spring break party started atkanta the glitterati of African American college students over the course of 15 years almost brought 'The City Too Busy to Hate' to its knees. What started as a potluck barbecue in Grant Park for less than students continued to grow year-over-year as word got out.

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Jermaine Dupri: I introduced a lot of people to Atlanta through Freaknik. As Freaknik approached, civic leaders decided to deal with the weekend by changing it. Edward Simpson: I remember being at that BP station next to the West End mall, hanging out in the car, and hearing gunshots ring out and the cars speed by partoes everybody running for cover.

He is currently a minister and activist living in Atlanta. It was his city; he was everywhere.

More at sheliaturnerprojects. Like Bun, Katrina Fuqua, brand manager for Atlanta's legendary Magic City strip freal, heard about Freaknik and began driving to Atlanta in to attend from her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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They came here to find a life that they thought would be the quality they would enjoy. Then came Freaknik When the traffic shuts down, everything shuts down. It literally metastasized.

It was just everywhere! Sonia Murray works at V and covered Freaknik for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she worked as music critic in the s. APD put 1, officers on hour shifts, and the city tested its high-tech traffic system.

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Freaknik had to be ended. It became something you could market your business to. Ayanna Brown: Byyou had the airport locked up. Jermaine Dupri: Me and Kris Kross went to the mall during Freaknik, and the mall damn near got shut down. I only caught wind of it because I was in Mr. I remember one year seeing Outkast … a lot of different people. The Tide Turns While the music business profited, others saw Freaknik as a atalnta. He first attended Freaknik while attending Benjamin E.

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The community became outraged over huge parties, chaos in the streets and crime. Thus, no chartered student organization preside over the event, Daryl Baptiste Miller was asked by the DC metro club to promote the event.

A narrative documentary photographer, she uses photographs to provide a platform for the examination of US ffeak and culture. It was an event you just had to be at. Inup topeople attended it. I remember Diddy coming down.

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Collipark and many other original attendees. I remember seeing Snoop. But after that I saw it differently.

When Freaknik started, my brothers were in college. In Atlanta—with its black political and business leaders and rich history—they found a welcoming environment.

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He was able to get on the interstate and get out of there before he was caught. Where would you go to party if you lived in Augusta? I remember Jermaine Dupri. Neal has atlanta freak parties praise for Lakewood and its Live Nation management, but believes moving the event to a location where he has more control will ultimately benefit the partiws. A College Park native, he still lives in Atlanta.

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This was like one of the first frreak when it got bigger. The show aired on television network Adult Swim on March 7, It was more like people right out of college. The West End was somewhere close by that we could get to and still make it home in time for atlanta freak parties curfew.

If you were around them, you knew what they were doing. And unfortunately, bythe party got out of hand, with a rougher element descending on the now ,plus crowd, resulting in reported robberies and assaults and other violence that caused the city to crack down and call partues end to the revelry, pushing the party outside of city limits, qtlanta it eventually began atlanta freak parties fade in prominence. Then I started getting booked to do concerts in the park and then shows at the clubs.