21 year old singer/songwriter from New Orleans
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"20 something" from Brooklyn, NY
I’ve been working with AFROPUNK since they first started. What is special about them is they stay true to their aesthetic and their mission statement of uplifting black people and people who are different.
20 year old model and photographer from New York
Iyanna is a 24 year old multidimensional artist from Miami, FL. Cierra is a 22 year old fashion designer and musician from Cleveland, OH. Jazzmine is a 21 year old student, writer, and rapper from Cleveland.
A lot of times people try to tell you who you should be or what black is, but AFROPUNK gives us that space to say this is who we are. That is what makes it so important and powerful because there are no guidelines saying you should be like this or that. It is saying this is who I am and here is a space where I just celebrate it.
32 year old artist and actor from Los Angeles, CA
It celebrates music from all over the world. I get to discover new artists I have never heard of before. I love music and traveling, so what better place than AFROPUNK.
Aaron is a 30 year old musical artist from Baton Rouge, LA.
- Everything makes AFROPUNK special! The music, looks, community. There is just so much love and energy among the people. I love that there is a space for black people to experience different cultures. It is not one dimensional.
Sarah is a 25 year old hairstylist from Pensacola, FL.
- I think it is great that this group of people can come together and express themselves.
24 year old freelance stylist and model from Columbus, OH
It is a place where beautiful black people can just gather, embrace each other, and heal together. We can share each others energy, uplift one another, and celebrate life.
25 year old retail manager from Cincinnati, OH
It gives people of color a cool, safe space and a platform to be creative. I would not be able to look like this on a typical day, but this is me being body positive and creative with my outfit and just being myself.
Matthew is a 21 year old student and YouTuber from Covington, GA. Chelsea is a 19 year old model, stylist, and artist from Albany, GA.
We can connect with people who are just like us. People who are fond of art and music and just life in general.
26 year old artist from Columbus, OH
It is the diversity within blackness. We are not seen as a monolith when we are here.
17 year old photographer from Decatur, GA
I’ve been studying AFROPUNK since I was like 10 years old. In order to find my group, I knew I needed to come here.
24 year old stylist, creative director, and fashion editor from Chicago - currently living in Atlanta
Egypt is a 21 year old photojournalism student from New Jersey. Talecia is a 28 year old clothing designer from Atlanta, GA.
The most interesting thing that is happening right now is the gentrification of historically black areas. Events like this are important because we can reach more people and empower the community. The area we are actually in right now is being gentrified. A lot of these people are being displaced. They are knocking down old homes and building places that people in this area can not afford. We need to counteract that.
19 year old student from Inglewood, CA
It is a place where different kinds of people can come together. It is place to celebrate black people, our heritage, and how we look.
23 year old clothing designer from New York
It is a really beautiful space to be a creative without judgement. Everyone is living their best life. This is a space to be yourself. I’m excited I am here.
20 year old student and aspiring fashion photographer from Atlanta, GA
I love that AFROPUNK is very inclusive. Honestly, it is the place where I feel I can be myself without any judgement. Being here and being queer is enough.
Sarah is a 19 year old student from Austin, TX.
- For me, it is about black people being carefree and authentic to themselves. It is such positive energy and a safe space. I feel so comfortable here.
Ibukun is a 19 year old fashion designer, photographer, and artist from Dallas, TX.
- I think AFROPUNK is special because it is black people being black. It is being black any way they see fit, whether its through being queer, through fashion, or having your hair pink or blue. AFROPUNK is expressing blackness in many forms.
24 year old artist from Columbus, OH
I feel like just being free with yourself. It is special because everybody is coming out and being one.
20 year old fashion designer from Atlanta, GA
We turn it up!
21 year old student from Pensacola, FL
24 year old student from New Jersey
Black people coming together is special. There is a space for everybody.