Headlining for the Fort Greene Festival, now in its third year, was hip hop star and actor Mos Def. The festival also brought out Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez and MTV star Toure – both hosts of the daylong event.
Rosie Perez said she thought Mos Def was a good fit for this year’s fest because he is a Brooklynite and fits with the multicultural audience in Brooklyn.
“No one is like Mos Def,” said Perez, who hosted the fest last year and said she would like to host the fest again next year. “Supporting local artists is important.”
In addition to Mos Def, there were performances from at least nine other local artists including electronic band Navegante, local hip hop band Lifted Crew, and the more soulful hip hop music of Res (pronounced Reese), who recently moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia.
The community celebrated the diversity of the audience, which has become a major part of the annual event.
“There’s different cultures, everyone comes together to have a good time," said Ajonja Moore of Clinton Hill. "It’s pretty cool,”