What is Afropunk? What started out as a way to show that punk and hardcore rock included musicians of color has come to showcase music of many genres. I had the opportunity to photograph and ask concert-goers what the annual Brooklyn festival means to them. The article was published on The Wall Street Journal on August 2017.
“It's a great experience to see people are just like me, outside of the norm. I feel like I'm in my own type of family here. It's kind of like a reunion.” Jayee Adams, 20, Queens, N.Y.
“I love the energy of Afropunk. There's always great energy here. It's a free spirit, and I just feel so open. Today I wanted to push that bar so that black men could do anything, wear anything they want and not worry about stigmas.” Van Williams, 25, Cincinnati, Ohio
“I’m here to have a celebration. I’m just here for the weekend. I’m excited for Solange — I like her message, her feminism, black power message. Just being weird and yourself.” Jhaynane Bastien, 28, from Washington D.C.
“Oh my gosh, the people, the fashion. I like coming to Afropunk and seeing what people are gonna put on. I feel like this is where they choose to be risky. I like to come and see how people come out of their shell.” Sabrina Cates, 30, New Orleans, La.
"I came last year and I enjoyed the experience. I love seeing other people, colors, the artists. i love seeing beautiful people — it just makes me happy." Kaylia Hemmings, 20, from Plainfield, New Jersey
“It's a place to celebrate with my friends. I come here and there are so many people I haven't seen in a long time, and so many people I just met. It feels like a really great homecoming that's not a specific place, because we come from all over the place. It's like a cultural homecoming.” Naima Ramos-Chapman, 30, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Afropunk means being proud of who I am. Being proud of every piece of me.” JaQuam Mitchell, 22, St Martinville, La.
“You can be whoever you want, not being judged, just being free to be yourself. ” Angelica Thomas, 29, California
“The first time I was so amazed and overwhelmed by the environment and all the people. And so I had to come back for a second time. It's a really rich place to be. Afropunk means being unapologetic.” Erin Mitchell, 28, Birmingham, Ala.