14 AfroPunk Brooklyn 2019 Looks to Inspire You

by Alyx Carolus

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“To be young, gifted, and black” – Nina Simone sang these words in 1970 and in this decade, where you can see young people of color celebrate being all three is at AfroPunk Brooklyn 2019

The annual music, arts, and culture festival twirled into its birthplace, Brooklyn, New York, this month. A celebration of music, culture and a space for black people to just be – the festival was founded in the mid 2000s and has not looked back since.

It’s grown to be a global phenomenon and attendees can join in different parts of the world including Paris, London, and Johannesburg. 

But most loyal festival-goers consider AfroPunk Brooklyn to be one of the must-attend festivals out of the global offerings available. 

This year, the line-up at AfroPunk Brooklyn 2019 included FKA Twigs, Jill Scott, and Lianne La Havas amongst many more. Whether you had an eye on a particular act or just wanted to see local bands battle it out – there’s something for everyone. 

Myesha Evon, the lens behind Tamu’s excellent op-ed piece, What’s Changed? Nothing Then?, headed over to Brooklyn and snapped a few festival-goers – to hear why they chose to attend AfroPunk this year. 

 

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@purposefaith | “Beautiful people, vibes and Brooklyn. How could I not love it?”

 

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@meeahmia | “I come to experience black music with black people. I’ve been coming for 4 years and it’s my Brooklyn homecoming.”

 

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@happlejuice | “I love seeing eccentric free black people.”

 

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@just.nailah | “I’ve always wanted to attend afropunk at least once. I’m not much of a festival person, but I figure if I’m going to attend one, it should be the blackest one.”

 

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@assina_dreams | “I’m from Congo but I live in Paris. I come to New York to experience this. This is an experience of true blackness.”

 

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@saraelise333 | “Utopian Brooklyn vibe”

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@_a_chanel | “To be surrounded by beautiful black people”
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@freesoul_feli | “It allows you to be creative. Do you!”
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@harpisbazaar Daria Harper | “I love the way it makes my soul dance. It’s so beautiful to feel the spiritual aspect. Black people fully expressing themselves on a spiritual level through their style and appearance. Encouraging that is so important. It’s beautiful.”
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@julianaluna | “I come to support and show love, as black people we must share what the ancestors have gave us. LOVE.”

 

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@missmoultrie & @ajthe1ne | “It’s our first AfroPunk. We came for sister time.”

 

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@cococam16 | “I love Afropunk. I travel to each country because they offer something different. In Brooklyn I connect with so many people. In Johannesburg, the vendors are amazing. In Atlanta it’s so artistic and aesthetically so fun. I travel to New York for this festival and love it.”

 

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@dwight.the.2nd | “This space allows me to bring my inner cunt out!”

 

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@bevysu | “I love to experience the people.”

 

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@jasminenicholeart | “To be my highest creative self and vibe to my favorite artists of the year.”

 

 

Images by Myesha Evon Gardner – see more on her Instagram @myeshaevon

 

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