So you missed AfroPunk yesterday, now you’re wondering should you even go today. Well of course you should! While you may have missed out on a little yesterday, okay you actually missed out on a lot, it’s okay. We at LiVEDNDY got you with the recap. As you’re reading this, start getting ready for today’s events, because you don’t want to be that person who missed out on all the fun this weekend because you were browsing the internet. Here’s a super quick recap of yesterday’s festivities:
Everything from chic and simple to edgy and extravagant was represented yesterday, and of course the ‘fros were in full effect. AfroPunk is that time of the year where you show you. It is like your Sunday best, except you’re at a park in Brooklyn celebrating art and culture, but you get the idea.
AfroPunk presents to its audience, the Spin Thrift Market. This market consists of all the vendors you will find at the festival this year. If you feel the need to spice up your outfit while you’re there, checkout stands like Wada-Africa, WyNott, and Personal Advisory for clothing and Luangisa, ArmourNYC, and Nubian Heritage for crafts and accessories. The Spin Thrift Market allows vendors to be exposed to a broader audience and allows customers to see the designers and craftsmen of their city; it is a win win for everybody!
As a festival promoting the celebration of the black other, it makes sense as to why so many bands expressed their sentiments to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This made the festival a little bit more political than normal, but AfroPunk has always been about being aware of the society around us. The performers celebrated the non-conformist spirit of AfroPunk with their music. Some of the artists that performed were Telca, Baby Baby,Lianna La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Valie June, Loaf Music, and many others.
The best thing about this year was the elimination of extremely long lines to get into the park. This was probably due to the levels of VIP and Fast-Passes that allowed people to get in quickly, which is great because nothing can ruin one’s day more than standing in the sun on a long slow moving line. Kudos to AfroPunk for killing the game with ten years of serving the community with multicultural greatness.
Now go out today and enjoy SZA, D’Angelo, The Internet, and many acts at AfroPunk 2014.
By: Raven Irabor