New Freaknik Documentary Directed By Luke Coming to Hulu

Freaknik 96’ Photo Credit: Atlanta Journal Constitution

If you lived in or around Atlanta during the 90s, chances are you are very familiar with Freaknik. Legendary is not a big enough word to describe this event also considered the black college spring break.

I’ve never actually attended the real Freaknik because I was a young teen during the 90s. My mother wouldn’t dare allow me to go to Atlanta for this kind of debauchery but I do remember girls my age were going to “The A” to turn up.

I moved to Atlanta in 1998, the official last year of the festival but by then it was already over. Police barricaded all the streets and directed traffic out of the city. There was no fun to be had.

Living in Atlanta for as long as I have, I know Freaknik had to be annoying for those that lived in the city. Atlanta traffic is already the worst, imagine have thousands of college age kids partying and twerking in the streets. The powers that be have since shut all of it down but the freaky stories live on.

Promoters have tried to recreate and resurrect Freaknik but it has never made an official comeback, and it probably never will again.

Baller Alert — The iconic Atlanta festival that ran between the mid-1980s to the 1990s was a congregation of HBCU college students during the spring break season. Originally beginning as a picnic, the gathering grew each year before becoming a full-out festival that ballooned to thousands of visitors. Eventually, it would evolve into a days-long event filled with concerts, dance contests, parties, and even job fairs aimed at young Black professionals. Every element of this cultural phenomenon will be explored in the doc titled “Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told.”

Alanta producer Jermaine Dupri and Miami bass pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell will serve as executive producers on the film. Luke was a frequent staple at Freaknik, so often aligned with the festival that many people believed he had a hand in starting it. However, his music became the soundtrack for this lively yearly party. Sadly, by 1998 the Atlanta Committee for Black College Spring Breakmoved to end the festival due to safety concerns, particularly sex assault claims and violence caused by a handful of troublemakers that ruined the festivities for everyone. Since its demise, many have attempted to recreate the magic, another factor the film will cover.

As of now, the film does not have a premiere date.


Author: brandycavalli

Today's post was by Brandy "Bee" Cavalli. Brandy is an international marketer, freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA.

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