Ileke Travels: Afropunk Brooklyn 2015
Two weeks ago I traveled to Brooklyn to attend Afropunk Fest 2015, and let me tell you, it was amazing! Afropunk is a movement that was created in 2002 to give "a voice to thousands of multi-cultural kids fiercely identifying with a lifestyle path-less-traveled." It is a non-judgmental community that celebrates individuality, non-conformity, and how people express themselves through music and various forms of art. Activism is also a big part of the movement. As you can see in the picture above inclusivity is valued above all else.
The first Afropunk festival was held in 2005 and has grown immensely since then. Festivals are now held in New York, Atlanta and for the first time this year, Paris. This year's Brooklyn line-up included Lenny Kravitz, Kelis, Lion Babe, Kelela, Gary Clark Jr., SZA, Kimberly Nichole, Lauryn Hill and the incomparable Grace Jones. It was exciting seeing some of my favorite performers live. I was also able to discover some new music, which I've been playing on repeat since. You can enjoy some of the songs performed at the festival by pressing play below.
The first day of the festival was incredibly hot and we had to wait in what seemed like the longest line ever to go through security and get checked in. Coming into the park there was an endless row of food trucks and merchants everywhere selling handcrafted jewelry and clothing. The best part about the festival for me besides seeing so many fantastic musical acts, was being surrounded in a literal sea of melanin. There were so many beautiful, black people expressing themselves in a variety of unique styles. I've never seen so many gorgeous afros and my hair envy was at an all time high.
Anticipating how crowded the festival would be I didn't want to have to worry about lugging around my huge DSLR, so I only had my cell phone to use as a camera. I'm also still pretty shy about taking pictures of other people. You can check out pictures of festival goers here, here and here.
You can find pieces similar to those I wore at the festival on Zuvaa's website. Segilola-Ileke readers can enjoy $10 off their first order until September 21st by using the coupon code "ileke" at check out!
Did you attend Afropunk this year or in years past? Let me know in the comments what your experience of the festival was. I'd also love to hear about another music festival or concert that you went to. As always you can connect with me through my social media links at the bottom of the page. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
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