Raw fashion and hot talent arrived in style Saturday to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park as part of Afropunk Fest.
Vibrant headwear, tribal-esque face paint, and eye-popping outfits with Afrocentric patterns were on display on day one of the annual street fashion and music celebration.
Some even seized on the current political climate, wearing threads and jewelry that condemned the alt-right and declared that black lives matter.
The day one lineup included early performances from New York City-based artists including Harlem rapper Princess Nokia, rock/R&B band The Skins, whose rosters includes three Bedford-Stuyvesant siblings, and the eclectic five-piece Sinkane, led by Sudanese-American Ahmed Gallab, whose music blends electronic beats with jazz, funk and Sudanese pop.
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Heavy hitters Solange, SZA, Willow Smith and Macy Gray were slated to bring their black girl magic to the fest later in the day. Other sets of note include British electronic soul artist Sampha and genre-spanning bassist Thundercat.
The music continues Sunday with a lineup promising performances from R&B veteran Raphael Saadiq, electronic producer Kaytranada, rapper/singer Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals and blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
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