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Afropunk Festival ATL: An Experience of Music and Black Authenticity

On Sunday, October 14th, people from all over the country traveled to Atlanta to experience the Afropunk Festival. The festival is known for its appreciation of the arts and has been around since 2005. Ticket holders are provided with music, food, and fashion. In addition, the company makes sure to address social issues, like Black Lives Matter. This year they even had stations for people to register to vote.

The festival also makes it easy for ticket holders to express themselves freely. Any creative thought, action, or emotion is supported on the festival grounds. Of course, there are limitations when it comes to the safety of others, but Afropunk encourages people to “construct a new reality.” Nonetheless, it’s safe to say the biggest attraction is the music.

The Afropunk Festival is an annual two-day event with two stages – the red stage and the green stage. The line up for both days was phenomenal. Saturday’s line up consisted of N.E.R.D, Sango, Benjamin Booker, and more. Moreover, there was a great balance between well-known artists and local artists. Performers weren’t the only ones on the line up either. The festival makes sure to include the DJs responsible for the music between each set.

Following an amazing show on Saturday, there was still a line up of heavy hitters on Sunday. Noname, The Internet, Pusha-T, and Rico Nasty were only a few to name. As a fan, it can become pretty difficult deciding which stages to watch.

Overall, Afropunk’s initiative to create a “safe space,” is inspirational. Establishing authenticity within yourself, additionally while in the black community, is difficult. Society has transformed typical stereotypes into the only acceptable existence of a black person. Whether you have obscure piercings or a thrifty style the festival follows a judge-free policy. If you need a place to display your authentic self, get ready for the Afropunk Festival in 2019!

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