Afropunk: Love, Pride, Summer Vibes and Stuff

Yesterday, we hit up Afropunk in Brooklyn held at Commodore Park and the whole family had a blast. The last time I went to Afropunk, it was a small free concert in the park and that seems like eons ago. It has since evolved into a multicity, multicultural, two day musical festival with a diverse line-up of eclectic artists and djs. There is a section of social awareness booths focusing on AIDS awareness, Black Lives Matter, Amnesty and several other socially relevant topics. 

Sadly, I made the mistake of showing up shortly before Saul Williams' performance, the whole entire reason why I chose Saturday to attend. I wanted to cry and as a result of not planning ahead and arriving early, I had to listen to him from the street while waiting on line to get in. The line wrapped around the block about three times so it took us over an hour to get in despite having tickets. It's ok though, because he was still spitting knowledge as usual and even from the street, I loved him 1000%. He is so inspirational and such a poignant lyricist.

 Long lines

Long lines

Fortunately, they were selling nutcrackers outside while we waited. Nutcrackers are a NYC summer staple. They are little refreshing frozen fruity alcoholic drinks.

 Finally getting in.

Finally getting in.

 Hanging with singer-songwriter Bridget Barkan

Hanging with singer-songwriter Bridget Barkan

What's a festival without food? There were all kinds of culinary delights  and merchandise vendors. We came for the music and since I promised my son he would be able to dance, we headed right to the main stage to get our groove on. There were two stages.  A smaller one and the larger one in the back and the festival was packed of course. There was such positive energy and such beautiful and effortless style among the mélange of attendees. Despite it being clear that festival goers were far from homogenous, the commonality that permeated the this festival population was their pure unabashed and unashamed pride in their identity and this was truly motivating and uplifting.

 Making new friends

Making new friends

 Dress by Nightcap Clothing

Dress by Nightcap Clothing

In between some of the acts, which included CeeLo, George Clinton and TV ON THE RADIO, the djs brought the sound fever.  There was reggae, old school, dance, and a lot of old Michael Jackson, in honor of his upcoming birthday. My son was loving all of it and there is nothing that warms my heart more than to see my baby dancing and really enjoying himself. He loves live music, so as I guessed, this was a hit for him and I would totally suggest it for parents of toddlers.

 Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Until next time....