The first Afropunk festival in Atlanta came and went this weekend. The Carnival of Consciousness was many things at once: a seminar; a marketplace with vendors; a bar; a food truck utopia; a series of concerts; and a mecca for Black people of all shapes, sizes and shades, with varying interests.
As is usual for Afropunk festivals, the fashion, or “politics of style,” as co-founder Matthew Morgan prefers to call it, were out in full force. Here are some of the standouts from the weekend.
This neo-Angela Davis, whose actual name is Brittany Montgomery.
This brightly colored beauty, Gabby D, who has Caribbean flair.
This smiling face belongs to Veronica Riley-Turner, with big hair, a big smile and big shades.
This dynamic duo — Zainab Jaleiba & Sameria Abashe — are as much a work of art as the graffiti around them.
This gent, Isaac T. Cobb, wears a golden blossom crown.
Haley McCalla is black and white and textured all over.
This perfectly painted pair, Jocilyn & Melanie McCoy, take a break from the festivities.
This man wanted to leave his mark on the venue.
This vendor, Fanta Celah, gives a henna tattoo.
The colorful-locced Shiloh Mordle puts the ‘punk’ in Afropunk.
Erin Rushing and Keesha Lillie of Afrodesiac Worldwide wore their products as the ultimate advertisement.
JuNe LeJoi is fierce from her hair to her jeans.
These friends, Rachel G. and Saraii L., whose excitement is palpable.
This peculiar panda-headed fellow, Rashad Turner, aka Pande.
Shane H., whose outfit matches the wall behind her.
Shnequa Mixon has beautifully mastered the art of perfect simplicity.
And last but not least, this dapper attendant, Yani Davis, has pops of red all over.