For one, the art was SPECTACULAR! There were moments when I had to drag myself from the hypnosis they ignited because they made me think I was at The Met. The graffiti/paintings were stunning and filled with social innuendos/symbols that could leave an art professor analyzing them for years.
Walking through Activism Row made me feel smarter. Is that possible? Can you feel smarter just by walking through an area dedicated to expand your mind to the social injustices this world has historically faced? Yes. Moreover, the “bring a book, take a book” deal was pretty sweet. Had I known prior I would have gladly exchanged my personal library for that of AFROPUNK!
I really enjoyed the setup of the vendors as a side market. They were neatly and cleanly placed to make festival-goers feel as if this was a legitimate shopping center. Some of my previous festival outings involved vendors sporadically placed throughout the space like leftover sprinkles. Yet, Afropunk made sure that the vendors were displayed attractively so that their area motivated goers to look and potentially spend their whole paycheck. (lol!) How thoughtful! In addition, Dark & Lovely gave free braiding and African head-wraps till 7pm, which only furthered the free love and vast amount of free goodies the fest had to offer. No, I did not get my hair braided because my hair in the summer should NOT be touched by beautiful, human hands. #humidityaintpretty #washanddryonly
Power, it’s a feeling, it’s an energy, it’s the undisputed connection between cause and effect – the best of us give it away, the worst usurp it, but living modern life to the fullest, means either mastering your relationship to it or walking in its shadow. We are not blind.
Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast individual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, because like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.
Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group-mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.