On an overcast day in Atlanta, thousands of Black people, mostly millennials, experienced the 2019 AfroPunk Festival. The annual festival, which also takes place in Brooklyn, New York; Paris, France; and South Africa which will take place on Dec. 30 and 31, provides a safe space for Black people to express themselves through music, style and fashion.
The only rules at AfroPunk are “no homophobia, no racism, no ageism, no ableism, no ageism, no transphobia, no fatphobia, and no hatefulness.”
Attendees dressed in elaborate colors, wore face paintings, covered their faces with gold masks and allowed their natural hair to remain free with curls, Afros, and locs.
Special guests included Anderson .Paak, Earthgang, Gallant, FKA Twigs, Danny Brown, Sir, and others.
AfroPunk also provided a glimpse into the reality of Afrofuturism.
Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science, and technology, seen through a Black perspective. Although the term was conceived by author Mark Dery in the essay “Black to the Future,” many call author Octavia Butler the mother of Afrofuturism.
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