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Afropunk Rocks BROOKLYN

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Brooklyn — the coolest borough in Gotham, hosted the very-popular Afropunk Festival on the weekend August 25 & 26 in Commodore Barry Park. Conceptualised in 2005, the Afropunk Festival has become a must-attend event for the Black creative set. It's one of those events that people travel to attend hence Afropunk festivals in Brooklyn, Atlanta, London, Paris and Johannesburg. Self-described as “the other Black experience” the event is a trove of fashionable looks.

Saturday Social received dispatches from the festival's front lines from Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Export Marketing Manager Carla Hollingsworth. Of course, wherever Jamaicans go we have to bring The Rock with us. The Old Jamaica Bar Garden, complete with Ting and ginger beer, was a hit with guests that included celebrities comedian Chris Rock and actor/activist Jesse Williams.

The Old Jamaica bar was designed by event planner Jennifer Green who took bright Caribbean colours to create one of the weekend's best activations. The cold mocktails were needed as hot performances from Janelle MonŠe and HER got the crowd dancing up a sweat. Thousands of carefree revellers basked in the weekend festival's inclusive atmosphere and gloried in all things melanin.

For 13 years, Afropunk has celebrated the African diaspora's intricacies and shone a spotlight the multifacetedness of its people. This year's Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn was no different and its unifying message was felt by all.

Photos: Ryan Purcell, Gregory St John, Oketo Burnz, Denisse Benitez & Charissa