Afropunk Is the Safe Place Black People Need

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Clockwise, from top left: Erin Mitchell, Jojo Abot, Alem Worldwide, and Watson Mere. Photo: Brad Ogbonna. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee.

The Afropunk festival is a tapestry of indulgences. There are food trucks serving up mac ‘n’ cheese, rice with curry, and empanadas; a marketplace offering free hair braiding; handwoven bags and scarves for sale. Then there’s the music — this year SZA, Sampha, Solange, and Anderson .Paak were among the 44 live acts.

But Afropunk offers more than entertainment, food, and seriously stylish attendees. It offers a much-needed sense of community and joy. When the Cut asked festivalgoers to describe the two-day gathering, many simply said “It’s a safe space.” Click the slideshow below to hear more from the fashion-forward crowd.

Afropunk Is the Safe Place Black People Need