AFROPUNK Diaries '19
AFROPUNK 2019 has come to an end, but we’re still reminiscing about the amazing time we had this weekend. For its 14th year, the festival took place in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, where artists excelled in every genre and attendees dazzled in their summer attire. With standout performances from artists like FKA Twigs, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, Goldlink, J.I.D, and Gary Clark Jr., the audience had no chance of being disappointed.
A wide array of vendors, handcrafted goods, food, and beauty experiences were woven throughout the park to support black creatives and organizations like Planned Parenthood. Spirits were high and the power of community shone through. As one of the last performers of the weekend, Kamasi Washington perfectly summed up the festival; he pointed out to the crowd, “I don’t need to look like you to love you, I don’t need to dress like you to love you, I don’t need to think like you to love you…I just need to love you.” Highlighting the fact that AFROPUNK focuses on celebration, rather than toleration, Washington’s piece “Truth,” shortly followed.
Collage graphics by Julia Rutzen.
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