Yes! Afropunk finally happened to Atlanta last weekend. After a cancelled Afropunk last year due to weather, the multicultural extravaganza, or shall I say, 'Carnival of Consciousness' gave us an experience we had been waiting so long for.  The immersive experience took place at 787 Windsor, the newly renovated building which has been revitalizing Mechanicsville and fueling the creative community in Atlanta.  

Afropunk's expansion beyond Brooklyn over the years has been refreshing and if you ask me, a necessity for the creative community.  Over the years Afropunk has given a platform to not only African American eclectic voices but to people like myself, people who oppose the simple route, underdogs, people who cannot be defined, people who look forward with curiosity and challenge the status quo. 

"AFROPUNK is defining culture by the collective creative actions of the individual and the group. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you."

The Carnival of Consciousness was oozing with creative installations, insightful panels empowering the community, and a lineup of bad ass artists such as SZA, Tyler The Creator, Big Freedia, Kelela, Cakes Da Killa, Saul Williams, Lion Babe, Soulection, Maluca, Young Paris and more. 

To us, it was a special experience primarily because we were given the opportunity to experience Afropunk here in Atlanta, but also because some of our friends got to hit the Afropunk stage, which was a goal they'd had for years.  We celebrated the moment, danced and sang our hearts out when we experienced RAHBI & Hero The Band rocking out and basking in the glory of their moment.  It was also really cool to see Atlanta's creatives such as The Baazar Bohemian hosting the stage, St. Beauty Band & Bosco perform some of their music, and bumping into so many beautiful and familiar faces from New York and Atlanta gathered all in the name of music and unity.

Watch our OTR recap to see some of our favorite moments. 

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Samantha Ramirez-Herrera