Afropunk is one of my favorite events of the year. It's pretty much a holiday. August 27 was day 1 of the festival and it was amazing. I know this was three weeks ago, but --life. Photoshoots, buying a new car, being an adult... growth!
Over the years the festival's popularity has increased tremendously, with the help of social media. More people and more outrageous fashion. The looks are never disappointing. Observing all the beauty and style around me is half the fun. Like this woman here. She's got a lens for her third eye chakra and she looks like a high priestess.
I would have loved to have my camera for this festival because there were so many interesting people. But I'm happy that I didn't bring my camera. I was able to live in the moment instead of thru my lens. Take off my photographer hat for a day. You know what they say about too much work. So I shot photos with my iPhone 6s.
Solange was the headliner for Saturday night. This was my second time seeing her and it was incredible. There's so much emotion in her songs --she never gets old. Every time I hear "don't touch my hair" it's a spiritual experience.
Sampha and Princess Nokia were other highlights. Sampha sounds exactly like he sounds on record. And in case you don't know, he has a voice as rich as velvet. Princess Nokia has tons of energy and attitude. So it was fitting that we saw her first. As the night went on, my energy waned. The festival takes place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. I think this festival needs a bigger venue. Maybe something for AP to consider. This year since there were so many big acts on one day, the park was packed. At one point I was caught in the crowd like a wave. The older I get the less tolerance I have for crowds. I don't need to be closest to the stage. I'm fine with hearing the music and watching on the big screen.
Nonetheless, the festival was a perfect close to summer. Even though the season isn't officially over, my thermostat says otherwise.
What's your favorite summer activity? Did you do lots of it this summer, or do you feel like there's much more you want to do? Let's chat in the comments below.