This year of Afro Punk was nothing less than amazing. As concert goers from all over showed up to celebrate life, art and music in a space that they could comfortably express themselves. 

While I didn’t have the chance to experience the first day/night of the festival, I did hear some great things about performances from Sir, Leikeli47, and FKA Twigs. 

Day 2 of Afro Punk was a bit cold and very rainy, but that didn’t keep the concert goers from going out to continue the celebration. I had the chance to witness most of the performers from Brittany Howard, Mahalia, Cautious Clay, Lucky Daye,The amazingly talented Masego (who should have been on the main stage) and Anderson .Paak who never disappoints on a live show. 

Music festivals can be long and tiring, but Afro Punk has  more than just performances. I had the chance to visit the Hair & Beauty Village, sponsored by Target,  that had some really beautiful art installations. There was also the Spinthrift Market that featured one of my favorite headgear lines Kroonz Wear Inc. And we can’t forget about the food Bites & Beats, I had a delicious Burrito Bowl from Manna International Street Food. 

AT&T also had a very cool installation along with a large area with couches to charge your phone! 

One personal highlight for me was seeing my friends’ mom, Marsha Moxie Coles-Felix from Hands In Motion, LLC doing her thing with sign language on the main stage for FKA Twigs and Anderson .Paak. 

Overall, I had a great time and am looking forward to next year’s Carnival of Consciousness.