Afropunk is more than a Black Coachella

All my niggas in the whole wide world, all my niggas in the whole wide world
— Solange Knowles x F.U.B.U.

Last Saturday, Afropunk has Brooklyn on tilt. As always it was unapologetically Black and unapologetically lit and I wish I could relive the moment all over again. There was so much to see, so much to do, so much to eat. Every year I look forward to it because I know I’m going to be around power, around love, around soul. But I ain’t gon hold you… I miss when Afropunk was a free.99. People have been complaining that it’s gentrified now and it’s way too popular now and Afropunk is feeling themselves for charging over $100 for tickets. But to actually witness how far Afropunk has came throughout the years, why wouldn’t you want to support this growth? We’d support Coachella in a minute with no questions asked. Afropunk has evolved year and after year getting better and better. Better quality vendors, musicians, production, media outlets, etc. Some experiences just can’t be free. And shouldn’t be. I continue to look forward to supporting it. Because this is for us. Black people doing amazing Black things.


There is so much diversity in Black people and the magic was magic everywhere. Black girl magic, black boy magic, non-binary, queer magic, all types of beautiful infectious energy going around. Everybody is stopping, complimenting each other and taking pics. This is better than a Black Coachella, this is Afrofuturistic lifestyle we’re destined to serve. Black body positivity, black activism, fashion excellence is Black culture. Because It is political. It is soulful. And it is powerful. It is Afropunk.

Skirt: Custom Made by Jenne Lux Collection
Sneakers: Comme Des Garcon Converse

And my gorgeoussss nail set was sponsored by Black Owned Nail Salon, Barry's Beauty Bar (Nail Tech - Sophia) Thank you guys so much! The customer service was A1, the throw back music was amazing (Destiny's Child is the seat to my soul!) and both Barry and Sophia were so, so kind to me. I highly recommend booking a nail appointment at this phenomenal beauty bar. 

I went with Toya, my best friend from high school, and we enjoyed the shit out of ourselves. A whole 13 years later and the vibe between us has only elevated. I will forever be grateful for that.

Oh! And I was asked to take a picture and to speak on what resistance means to me by Cosmopolitan magazine. Owww. I was very, very excited to see this today.

Arielle for Cosmopolitan

The music was phenomenal! I got a chance to see H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Issa Rae and Dro coming out to introduce Miguel, and Kaytranada - who all did their thing! I had so much fun. One minute I was in my feelings, next minute I’m cheering wanting more, next minute I’m taking pics and hugging the people around me. The energy was love.

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year’s Afropunk Brooklyn festival:
(just a collection of my favs - I didn't give photo cred cz idk who took the pic. Sorry.)

Don’t feel bad if you can’t sing along.
Just be glad you got the whole wide world
This us
This shit is from us
Some shit you can’t touch
— Solange Knowles x F.U.B.U.

I love me some Afropunk. Do you? If not, why? Comment below. I love to opinions and different types of feedback.