Why I feel like everyone of color should attend Afro Punk? If you’ve never been, what can you expect?
For me, I love to attend festivals once in my lifetime, but after experiencing Afro Punk last night, this is a MUST attend yearly event (next time I definitely have to travel to AfroPunk Brooklyn).
For me, I had no idea of what to expect. To my knowledge, I expected that there would be one main stage and vendors located outside showing their products for people to view and purchase. No, I was absolutely wrong. The space that was used to host Afro Punk was huge and there were two sides to the venue; so much to view. Because this festival last over 9 hours, throughout the day, they have panelist discussion about important issues (I missed these due to the ‘never attend an event on time’ rule :(… ). As you enter the venue, you are first surround by people that look like you, that appreciate you. You can literally feel the energy OUTSIDE. There is then a huge sign that reads, “NO SEXISM, NO RACISM, NO ABLEISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA, NO FATPHOBIA, NO TRANSPHOBIA, NO HATEFULNESS”.
NO SEXISM: NO discrimination based on YOUR sex (or what YOU identify yourself as being).
NO RACISM: NO discrimination based on YOUR race (this event is not JUST catered to African/African American/Blacks).
NO ABLEISM: NO discrimination based on YOUR disability.
NO HOMOPHOBIA: NO discrimination to those that are attracted to the same sex.
NO FATPHOBIA: NO discrimination to those that are overweight or considered obese.
NO TRANSPHOBIA: No discrimination to those that feels that their personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.
NO HATEFULENESS: No HATE. NO negativity. Point ______ .
No, I do not consider myself as a person that struggles to cope or search for my identity. I am aware that I am a Heterosexual female and very comfortable with myself. However, just because you were lucky enough to be what “society” calls normal (when it comes to your sexuality), does not mean that you can judge on others that are still in findings, or that are learning to be comfortable with themselves in pure public.
This is the number 1 reason I loved about Afro Punk. For those that struggle with their identity, weight, race (especially the African/African American/Black community), etc., this is a place of festivities to come, vibe, celebrate and enjoy life with other people that can understand you and could care less about judging you due to your identity.
From folks hop-scotching and playing card games, to seeing the amazing fashion. So yes, i’ve seen it all and genuinely loved every bit of it.
There were also organizations, such as Parent Parenthood, that provided wonderful information, gave people the opportunity to sign a petition, knowing the importance for having Parent Parenthood (signing a petition to keep Parent Parenthood) and also gave out paraphernalia (T-shirts, signs (that read ‘Stand With Black Women’), totes, stickers, etc.)
My overall experience was simply amazing. The best part of it all, was being able to witness Solange perform… LIVE. Even though me attending was such a last minute plan, AfroPunk truly made my year.
Now lets get into fashion. Check out more outfit pics below.
Get my look!